Effective Schools Conference Series

Conference Programs


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Sept. 26

The Marzano Group- The New Art and Science of Teaching: Enhancing Student Engagement and Direct Instruction for Classroom Success and Maximized Student Understanding

You have to reach them to teach them. Participants will learn practical strategies for increasing student engagement. Strategies include getting more students to participate, keeping a lively pace, and demonstrating enthusiasm to maintain student engagement. Direct Instruction is not a dirty word! It’s how you deliver it that makes the difference between straight lectures and student engagement with the content.

Participants will learn:

  • How to use physical movement to sustain classroom energy.
  • What to do as soon as you see students not engaged in learning.
  • Strategies that maximize content instruction so students can apply and transfer their learning.
  • Techniques to increase student engagement tomorrow.


Nov. 15

Katie Anderson- Creating a Positive Learning Environment Through Conscious Classroom Management

This lively, interactive training will give K-12 educators dozens of practical strategies to use tomorrow to better manage classes and lead students. Both prevention and intervention techniques are shared and modeled. Every participant will walk away with the tools they need to create the safe and structured learning environment they’ve always wanted.

Participants will learn:

  • How to see the best in the toughest students.
  • How to teach and reinforce procedures that maximize focus.
  • How to use consequences to teach personal responsibility.
  • How to de-escalate volatile situations with oppositional students.
  • How to make visible the invisible elements of effective classroom management.


February 13

Matt Miller- TECH Like a Pirate and the Latest in AI for Educators

Let's make learning something students look forward to! Drawing on things students love -- their favorite games, apps, social media, and more -- we can create learning experiences that don't feel like work at all. This workshop, led by author Matt Miller, comes right out of his book, Tech Like a Pirate, which encourages teachers in this way: "Don't just teach a lesson. Create an experience!"

Participants will learn:

  • Plenty of practical tech. ideas to use in class right away.
  • How to create impactful, transformative learning using high- and low-tech. options.
  • Low cost to no cost experiences to electrify student engagement.
  • Tools and ideas from Matt’s new book, AI for Educators.


Dr. Tonnie Martinez
Executive Director
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