An Intensive Teaching and Leadership Institute for K-12 Educators Join us in New Orleans over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend for a practical and personal institute with a "dream team" of nationally recognized teacher-authors. Presented by Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, Nancy Steineke, Stephanie Harvey, Sara Ahmed, and Kristin Ziemke Educators all face the same dilemma: how can we help our students develop into thoughtful, curious, lifelong learners while building the foundational knowledge they will need to meet standards and conquer rigorous assessments? And how can going to school be interesting, passionate, and fun? This program helps us all step further away from the passive "curriculum of mentioning" and commit to the more engaging and challenging practice of student-directed inquiry. We elicit kids' questions and place them in the center of our thinking, aiming for high achievement and a climate of collaboration, passion, and fun. Our watchword is curiosity, and we'll work to turn our back-home curricula into questions that your kids cannot resist answering. The institute is a mix of keynote sessions, breakout workshops, and job-alike meetings. You'll spend part of each day in a group that matches your area of expertise. You'll also join a team of colleagues in a multidisciplinary inquiry project, drawing on the extraordinary sights, sounds, people, and history of the New Orleans area itself. As curious adults, we will try out everything we want our students to experience, firsthand; all along the way, we make the practical translations to our back-home realities. Strands The following strands, which link back to the seven fundamental structures of Best Practice (Zemelman, Daniels, and Hyde, 2012) are woven into keynote addresses, job-alike groups, and breakout workshops: Content-Area Reading and Writing—Strategies that develop deeper thinking, build knowledge, and invite kids to comprehend and create complex nonfiction texts. Teaching with Inquiry—Four models of student inquiry, with a ladder of ten ways to find time, get started, support, publish, and celebrate students' investigations. Social-Comprehension Lessons—Explicit lessons on identity, empathy, and social skills that create friendly, collaborative and brave classrooms. Just-Right Technology—Selecting and using technologies that truly amplify thinking, enhance interaction in the classroom, and help kids learn from—and teach—the world. Including Everyone—Supporting English language learners, students with special needs, kids who are shy or introverted, and those who struggle. Growing Upstanders—Helping kids to address real problems, build awareness, offer aid, or take action with humanity in mind. Instructional Leadership—Special sessions on the roles of principals, coaches, curriculum specialists, and district leaders. Who Should Attend? Classroom teachers of grades PreK-12 Literacy/instructional/tech coaches Reading/writing/media specialists Special educators Principals and assistant principals District leaders Technology coordinators Teacher educators *Agenda and presenters subject to change Pricing Information The cost of this institute is $955.00 per person and includes the following: a handout collection designed specifically for this institute breakfast each day lunch on Saturday Mardi Gras-themed working dinner on Sunday a personalized certificate of attendance with a value of 2.0 CEU credits or 20 class participation hours. A discounted rate of $915.00 per person is available if you register 3 or more at the same time. Early Bird Special! Register by October 30, 2018 and save! Individual..................................................$895.00 Hotel Information A landmark hotel in the heart of the city, the Westin New Orleans Canal Place sits right beside the Mississippi River, within quick walking distance of the French Quarter and all its attractions. This modern high-rise building, located atop the Canal Place shops, offers spectacular views of the city.