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This conference is designed to help educators learn how to effectively implement a standards-based grading system.  Educators from Solon, Clear Creek Amana, and Van Meter Schools are hosting the event for secondary educators, administrators, and others interested in learning more about SBG. 

April 24, 2013 8:30am-3:00pm

Grant Wood AEA, Northern Facility 4401 Sixth Street SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Conference website: http://tinyurl.com/sbgconference

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Wednesday, April 24
 

8:15am

Light breakfast & pick up name tags.

Registration for the SBG conferene is closed.  Pre-registrants will be asked to create a name tag.  Coffee and a light breakfast will also be provided. 


Wednesday April 24, 2013 8:15am - 9:00am
Conference Center

9:00am

Keynote
Facilitators
SC

Shawn Cornally

Science & Math Teacher | Solon High School


Wednesday April 24, 2013 9:00am - 9:30am
Winter/Spring/Autumn/Stone/Revere Rooms

9:45am

How does a school make the SBG change district wide?
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
avatar for Deron Durflinger

Deron Durflinger

Superintendent/9-12 Principal, Van Meter Schools
avatar for Sam Miller

Sam Miller

Superintendent, Solon Community School District
Superintendent of the Solon Community School District in Solon, Iowa. He is a former teacher, coach, and principal, and serves as a consultant in leadership development and school improvement.
avatar for Matt Townsley

Matt Townsley

Director of Instruction & Technology, Solon Community Schools
Matt Townsley taught high school math in Eastern Iowa for six years until 2010 when he transitioned to his current role as the Director of Instruction and Technology for the Solon Community School District. He regularly presents at conferences and leads professional development on the topics of formative assessment and standards-based grading. Matt was the ITEC Administrator of the Year in 2012 and an ASCD Emerging Leader, Class of 2014. One of... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2013 9:45am - 10:35am
Spring Room

9:45am

SBG and Student Management Systems (JMC, Powerschool, etc)
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
BF

Brad Fox

MIddle School Principal, Clear Creek Amana Community Schools
avatar for Jen Sigrist

Jen Sigrist

Elementary Principal/Director of Teaching and Learning, Van Meter Schools
I have one of the best jobs in the world and get lots of hugs each day. I'm passionate about supporting teachers to constantly improve their practice. I love to learn, I am the mother of two small boys, wife to a Buckeye fan and fellow educator and I occasionally exercise.


Wednesday April 24, 2013 9:45am - 10:35am
Board Room

9:45am

I am a teacher new to SBG, where do I start?
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
SC

Shawn Cornally

Science & Math Teacher | Solon High School
avatar for Renee Martin

Renee Martin

English Teacher, Van Meter Community
I'm an English teacher at Van Meter schools. I teach 8th Language Arts, English I, British Literature, Young Adult Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing. Outside of class, I coach JH volleyball, speech, and drama.
JT

Justin Turner

Math & Language Arts Teacher | Solon Middle School


Wednesday April 24, 2013 9:45am - 10:35am
Winter Room

9:45am

What does SBG look like in foreign language?
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
avatar for Kim Huegerich

Kim Huegerich

World Language Chair, South Hamilton CSD
World Language Teacher South Hamilton Schools


Wednesday April 24, 2013 9:45am - 10:35am
Victorian Room

9:45am

What does SBG look like in language arts?
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
avatar for Renee Martin

Renee Martin

English Teacher, Van Meter Community
I'm an English teacher at Van Meter schools. I teach 8th Language Arts, English I, British Literature, Young Adult Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing. Outside of class, I coach JH volleyball, speech, and drama.


Wednesday April 24, 2013 9:45am - 10:35am
Revere Room

9:45am

What does SBG look like in science?
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
FK

Francesca Kaiser

Middle School Science Teacher, Solon Community School District
DP

Dawn Posekany

Science Teacher | Solon High School


Wednesday April 24, 2013 9:45am - 10:35am
Stone Room

9:45am

What is acceptable evidence of learning? What does it mean to master a standard?
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
SH

Shawn Hyer

Middle School Language Arts | Van Meter Schools


Wednesday April 24, 2013 9:45am - 10:35am
Autumn Room

10:40am

How do I explain SBG to parents? What questions do parents have about SBG?
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
avatar for Nathan Wear

Nathan Wear

High School Principal, Solon Community School District
Nathan Wear taught elementary students in Texas before returning to his home state of Iowa. He was an elementary principal at a building for six years that had overhauled its report card before moving across Iowa to become a high school principal. He is a certified elementary teacher, K-12 principal and superintendent. At the high school, Nathan and his staff challenged the notion of traditional grading and developed a standards based... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2013 10:40am - 11:30am
Spring Room

10:40am

I am a teacher new to SBG, where do I start? (repeat session)
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
SC

Shawn Cornally

Science & Math Teacher | Solon High School
avatar for Renee Martin

Renee Martin

English Teacher, Van Meter Community
I'm an English teacher at Van Meter schools. I teach 8th Language Arts, English I, British Literature, Young Adult Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing. Outside of class, I coach JH volleyball, speech, and drama.
JT

Justin Turner

Math & Language Arts Teacher | Solon Middle School


Wednesday April 24, 2013 10:40am - 11:30am
Winter Room

10:40am

What are reassessments and how does a teacher manage them?
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
KB

Ken Beck

Chemistry Teacher
Chemistry Teacher Solon High School
JS

Julie Smith

6th Grade Reading, Solon Community Schools - Solon Middle School
6th Grade Teacher - Solon Middle School


Wednesday April 24, 2013 10:40am - 11:30am
Autumn Room

10:40am

What does SBG look like in fine arts?
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
JF

Joel Foreman

Vocal Music Director | Solon High School
avatar for Joshua Koza

Joshua Koza

Visual Arts Instructor, Solon High School
Husband, artist and art instructor at Solon High School in Solon, IA. Building an appreciation and enthusiasm for the visual arts one student at a time.
avatar for Molly Wait

Molly Wait

K-8 Art, Clear Creek Amana CSD
I have been teaching for 14 years. I love what I do. I am also a painter, mother, animal lover, avid reader and runner. I am an active member of The Art Education Association in Iowa and have attended and presented at many conferences, as well as being recognized as K-12 Art teacher of the year several years ago when I was still teaching in Missouri. As an art teacher how I graded my students was always a big grey area, as well as how I... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2013 10:40am - 11:30am
Victorian Room

10:40am

What does SBG look like in language arts? (repeat session)
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
avatar for Renee Martin

Renee Martin

English Teacher, Van Meter Community
I'm an English teacher at Van Meter schools. I teach 8th Language Arts, English I, British Literature, Young Adult Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing. Outside of class, I coach JH volleyball, speech, and drama.


Wednesday April 24, 2013 10:40am - 11:30am
Revere Room

10:40am

What does SBG look like in math?
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
avatar for Annie Pettit

Annie Pettit

Math Teacher, Van Meter School District
I am in my ninth year of teaching high-school mathematics. I have taught for seven years in small, public schools and for two years at a private school in West Africa. I enjoy all types of math and have taught everything from Algebra to Calculus II. |


Wednesday April 24, 2013 10:40am - 11:30am
Stone Room

10:40am

What does SBG look like in Social Studies?
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
JS

Jess Sauer

6th Grade Social Studies Teacher | Clear Creek Amana Middle School
JT

Joe Taylor

7th Grade Social Studies Teacher | Clear Creek Amana Middle School


Wednesday April 24, 2013 10:40am - 11:30am
Board Room

11:30am

Lunch

Jason Glass is the Director of the Iowa Department of Education


Wednesday April 24, 2013 11:30am - 12:00pm
Winter/Spring/Autumn/Stone/Revere Rooms

12:00pm

Administrator Panel
Limited Capacity seats available

Wednesday April 24, 2013 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Spring Room

12:00pm

Open Forum
Limited Capacity seats available

Wednesday April 24, 2013 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Revere Room

12:00pm

Open Forum
Limited Capacity seats available

Wednesday April 24, 2013 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Stone Room

12:00pm

High School Teacher Panel
Limited Capacity seats available

Wednesday April 24, 2013 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Winter Room

12:00pm

Middle School Teacher Panel
Limited Capacity seats available

Wednesday April 24, 2013 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Autumn Room

12:45pm

High School specific issues with SBG (eligibility, class rank, etc)
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
avatar for Nathan Wear

Nathan Wear

High School Principal, Solon Community School District
Nathan Wear taught elementary students in Texas before returning to his home state of Iowa. He was an elementary principal at a building for six years that had overhauled its report card before moving across Iowa to become a high school principal. He is a certified elementary teacher, K-12 principal and superintendent. At the high school, Nathan and his staff challenged the notion of traditional grading and developed a standards based... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2013 12:45pm - 1:35pm
Winter Room

12:45pm

How does a school make the SBG change district wide? (repeat session)
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
avatar for Deron Durflinger

Deron Durflinger

Superintendent/9-12 Principal, Van Meter Schools
avatar for Sam Miller

Sam Miller

Superintendent, Solon Community School District
Superintendent of the Solon Community School District in Solon, Iowa. He is a former teacher, coach, and principal, and serves as a consultant in leadership development and school improvement.
avatar for Matt Townsley

Matt Townsley

Director of Instruction & Technology, Solon Community Schools
Matt Townsley taught high school math in Eastern Iowa for six years until 2010 when he transitioned to his current role as the Director of Instruction and Technology for the Solon Community School District. He regularly presents at conferences and leads professional development on the topics of formative assessment and standards-based grading. Matt was the ITEC Administrator of the Year in 2012 and an ASCD Emerging Leader, Class of 2014. One of... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2013 12:45pm - 1:35pm
Spring Room

12:45pm

How do I convert standards to a letter grade?
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
avatar for Annie Pettit

Annie Pettit

Math Teacher, Van Meter School District
I am in my ninth year of teaching high-school mathematics. I have taught for seven years in small, public schools and for two years at a private school in West Africa. I enjoy all types of math and have taught everything from Algebra to Calculus II. |


Wednesday April 24, 2013 12:45pm - 1:35pm
Revere Room

12:45pm

What does SBG look like with students with IEP's
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
BW

Brenda Willis

8th Grade Math | Clear Creek Amana Middle School


Wednesday April 24, 2013 12:45pm - 1:35pm
Stone Room

12:45pm

Middle School specific issues with SBG
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
BF

Brad Fox

MIddle School Principal, Clear Creek Amana Community Schools
MH

Mike Herdliska

Middle School Principal | Solon Community Schools


Wednesday April 24, 2013 12:45pm - 1:35pm
Victorian Room

12:45pm

What is acceptable evidence of learning? What does it mean to master a standard?
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
SH

Shawn Hyer

Middle School Language Arts | Van Meter Schools


Wednesday April 24, 2013 12:45pm - 1:35pm
Autumn Room

12:45pm

What role does homework play in SBG? Will students be required to complete it?
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
RB

Reagan Boeset

6th Grade Science Teacher | Clear Creek Amana Middle School
avatar for Amanda Simpson

Amanda Simpson

8th Grade Science TeacherClear Creek Amana Middle School


Wednesday April 24, 2013 12:45pm - 1:35pm
Board Room

1:40pm

High School specific issues with SBG (eligibility, class rank, etc) [repeat session]
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
avatar for Nathan Wear

Nathan Wear

High School Principal, Solon Community School District
Nathan Wear taught elementary students in Texas before returning to his home state of Iowa. He was an elementary principal at a building for six years that had overhauled its report card before moving across Iowa to become a high school principal. He is a certified elementary teacher, K-12 principal and superintendent. At the high school, Nathan and his staff challenged the notion of traditional grading and developed a standards based... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2013 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Board Room

1:40pm

How do I explain SBG to parents? What questions do parents have about SBG? (repeat session)
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
avatar for Nathan Wear

Nathan Wear

High School Principal, Solon Community School District
Nathan Wear taught elementary students in Texas before returning to his home state of Iowa. He was an elementary principal at a building for six years that had overhauled its report card before moving across Iowa to become a high school principal. He is a certified elementary teacher, K-12 principal and superintendent. At the high school, Nathan and his staff challenged the notion of traditional grading and developed a standards based... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2013 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Spring Room

1:40pm

How is SBG a gateway to Competency Based Education?
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
avatar for Jen Sigrist

Jen Sigrist

Elementary Principal/Director of Teaching and Learning, Van Meter Schools
I have one of the best jobs in the world and get lots of hugs each day. I'm passionate about supporting teachers to constantly improve their practice. I love to learn, I am the mother of two small boys, wife to a Buckeye fan and fellow educator and I occasionally exercise.
avatar for Matt Townsley

Matt Townsley

Director of Instruction & Technology, Solon Community Schools
Matt Townsley taught high school math in Eastern Iowa for six years until 2010 when he transitioned to his current role as the Director of Instruction and Technology for the Solon Community School District. He regularly presents at conferences and leads professional development on the topics of formative assessment and standards-based grading. Matt was the ITEC Administrator of the Year in 2012 and an ASCD Emerging Leader, Class of 2014. One of... Read More →
BW

Bridgette Wagoner

Director of Educational Services | Waverly-Shell Rock Schools


Wednesday April 24, 2013 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Autumn Room

1:40pm

1:40pm

How do I convert standards to a letter grade? (repeat session)
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
avatar for Annie Pettit

Annie Pettit

Math Teacher, Van Meter School District
I am in my ninth year of teaching high-school mathematics. I have taught for seven years in small, public schools and for two years at a private school in West Africa. I enjoy all types of math and have taught everything from Algebra to Calculus II. |


Wednesday April 24, 2013 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Revere Room

1:40pm

Taking on the elephants (late work, extra credit, reassessment etc)
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
SC

Shawn Cornally

Science & Math Teacher | Solon High School


Wednesday April 24, 2013 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Winter Room

1:40pm

What does SBG look like in C.T.E.?
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
avatar for Eric Trudo

Eric Trudo

Business & Computer Teacher, Van Meter High School
I have been the business and computer teacher at Van Meter High School since 1998. Currently, I am teaching Workplace Readiness, Marketing, 7th Grade Finance, Accounting I & II, Advanced Computer & General Business.


Wednesday April 24, 2013 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Victorian Room