Breakout Sessions

Thursday & Friday:   Keynote Resources and Challenges


BREAKOUT SESSION DESCRIPTIONS (click on the titles for link to resources):


“Online Work Submission using Google” Michelle Kenefick / Robin Yokas

Want to avoid getting 150 notifications when students share googledoc assignments with you?  In this session, participants will learn how develop an organizational system of  documents and information in a shared folder where students can submit work or how to utilize Google forms for work collection and assessment.   

“Maximizing Learning Through the Thoughtful Sharing of Student Work”     Shawn McCusker  Video Link Here

The due date should not be the end of student work. What are we doing with the powerful work that our students create? Learn how teachers and leaders maximize the power of student work, converting individual learning into meaningful growth for your entire school and community.

“Formative Assessment with 1-to-1 Devices” Patrick Odarczenko / Mike Dicken

In this session, we will discuss the use of formative assessment throughout a lesson to develop an organic approach to teaching and learning. The primary tool being used is PearDeck (although several other similar apps are out there too). Participants will experience (from a student’s perspective) how formative assessment can shape a lesson in real time. Participants will then be guided through the process of making their very own PearDeck presentation.

“Reaching All Learners through Personalized Learning” Jenny Lehotsky

In this session, I will give several strategies for creating personalized units that will allow students to work at their appropriate level. I will discuss tech tools such as blendspace and Go Formative, that make the creation of individualized units possible. Classroom management tips will also be given with websites and apps as resources. I will share how to overcome real issues myself and other teachers experienced on this journey.


Moving Your Classroom from Student Consumption to Student Creation” Andy Fekete

As we begin to incorporate more technology into our classrooms and schools, we need to evolve in the way that our students experience and interact in this new environment. We must move our classrooms from a culture of student consumption to one that fosters student creation. This session will focus on leveraging Chromebooks in a 1:1 environment and the tools these devices offer students in creating projects that demonstrate their understanding and learning.  The session facilitator will present several recommended tools that are aligned and promote this new student creation environment. Real examples of ways students have utilized these tools are emphasized. Time will be allotted for participants to explore these tools available on Chromebooks.

“Digital Tools for Student-Centered Authentic Assessment” Jenny Lehotsky

In this session you will learn how to use digital tools to allow students to show what they know. We will review tools like adobe spark and picktochart to give students a platform to express their knowledge.

“Making STEM Curriculum Pop” Ryan Goble / Dr. Pam Goble

This presentation takes the rich tradition of literature circles and remixes, re-creates and re-invents these tools for STEM teachers interested in mindfully exploring non-print texts (TV, film, radio, still images, websites, fashion, and video games) collaboratively with students across the curriculum.

“I Believe I Can Fly: Exploring Growth Mindset through Student-Centered Tools”    Rona Sinnamond

This session will explore the true meaning of Growth Mindset and Choice Theory and offer teachers the experience of being students as they stretch their wings to explore several online tools.  Participants will create a vision for the Growth Mindset Classroom and share ideas concerning how teachers can encourage Growth Mindset thinking/visions for our students. This session will offer a great combination of learning something new in a new format — modeling the process you will be using in your own classroom!.


Putting the Chrome Web Store to Work for You and Your Students” Andy Fekete

One of the significant benefits of going 1:1 in a Chromebook environment is having student and teacher access to the 100s of FREE tools available in the Chrome Web Store.  The Chrome Web Stores contains resources and tools designed to help teachers increase their efficiency and effectiveness as educators as well as students’ engagement and organization.

“Math 1:1:  Engaging Students with Desmos” Laura Jenkins

Desmos is an extremely POWERFUL tool for student exploration and activity lesson planning ideal for the 1:1 environment. Desmos offers students in math and science to explore ideas in a structure designed by their teachers to meet specific learning objectives. The first part of the session we will discuss the basics of Desmos use (graphing, finding key points in the graph, restricting domain and range, sliders). Later in the session we will explore the use of Marble Slides and Activity Builder for teacher lesson planning.  

“Making Humanities Curriculum Pop” Ryan Goble / Dr. Pam Goble

This presentation takes the rich tradition of literature circles and remixes, re-creates and re-invents these tools for Humanities teachers interested in mindfully exploring non-print texts (TV, film, radio, still images, websites, fashion, and video games) collaboratively with students across the curriculum.

“Dynamic Literacy for ALL Content Areas”   (7/28 Only) Erica Holton

The Stanford Study of Writing asserts, “although today’s kids are ‘writing more than ever before in history,’ it may not look like the writing of yesterday.” So the question is, How do we guide students to produce “Good writing that changes something and doesn’t just sit on the page?” Join us in working together to design meaningful writing opportunities that allow students to produce writing that MOVES!  Strategies for integrating meaningful and authentic writing will be modeled. Participants will engage in writing tasks to discover what will best help our students to critically think, reflect, and engage with their dynamic world.

“Using Video for Instruction and Assessment (6/16 only) Chris Skrzypchak  Video Here

We all know how useful the #1 search engine (Google) can be for teaching and learning, but are you also using the #2 search engine (youtube) in your classroom? This session will show how to search for and utilize videos that are specific to what students are learning in your classroom, how to use those videos for assessment, how to use your own videos for teaching and assessing, and how students can create videos to show their learning.  (This session may be replaced with the BreakoutEDU session listed below.)


“The Collaboration Station: How to Get your Students to Work Together Effectively Inside and Outside of the Classroom” Chris Skrzypchak/Jack Towne  (Click Here for Jack Towne’s Presentation on 7/29)

The goal for our session is to learn how to use tools to help your students collaborate and share information with each other as well as with you. We will explore some tools that you will be able to use in our new 1:1 environment. We will be using Google Hangouts to create a space that students can use to work together inside or outside of school. Google Hangouts and other tools that we will practice and discuss will give students the ability to create artifacts, have discussions and ask questions without the normal limitations that a school day and classroom might have. Google Hangouts will give them the ability to chat via text, video and even share documents. So come and be ready to learn and collaborate.

“Google Forms for Differentiation” Gerry Marchand

This session will focus on how to create Google Forms to be used as a formative assessment tool to show student growth and provide individualized instruction.  

“Using for Meaningful Feedback and Assessment” Lana Johnson

TurnItIn is more than a plagiarism tool. TurnItIn can help the teacher to streamline grading, create meaningful feedback, and increase student understanding during the formative process.  Learn how to maximize this versatile program to benefit student growth and teacher time.  All teachers at HHS have access to this paid online program.

“Integrating Content Area Literacy using Digital Tools” Erica Holton  Video Resource Here

According to Richard Vaca, author of Content Area Reading: Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum, “Adolescents entering the adult world in the 21st century will read and write more than at any other time in human history. They will need advanced levels of literacy to perform their jobs, run their households, act as citizens, and conduct their personal lives.”  This session will focus on how to easily access content-area readings, how to integrate them meaningfully into your content area, and how to use digital tools that require students to engage in the reading.  Areas of exploration will include:  NewsELA,, and the Online Databases available at HHS.