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ACTABS Central Region Conference

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February 14, 2020
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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About the Conference

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Dr. Brian N. Guenther
President, ACTABS

Welcome to the 2020 ACTABS Central Region Conference

ACTABS is an accreditation organization for more than 40 private, Christian schools in the state of Texas, recognized by TEPSAC (Texas Private School Accrediting Commission), which recognizes 12 accrediting bodies, servicing private schools in Texas. The Association is comprised of three regions, which hold conferences each year.

San Marcos Baptist Academy, a founding member of ACTABS, will host the Central Region Conference on Friday, Feb. 14, on our campus at 2801 Ranch Road 12 in San Marcos. We look forward to hosting fellow Christian educators as we seek to learn from and share ideas with one another.

The theme for our conference is “Discover,” with Jeremiah 33:3 as the key verse: “Call to me, and I will answer you and tell you great and mighty things you do not know.” Our prayer is that as educators we will seek wisdom from God, discovering all that he has to teach us so that we can confidently carry out the work he has called us to do in our schools, homes and churches.

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Keynote Speaker

Darryl DeBoer

Darryl DeBoer

Darryl DeBoer is both a Senior Fellow for the Center of the Advancement of Christian Education (CACE) at Dordt University and the K-12 Director of Learning at Surrey Christian Schools. Darryl is the co-creator of a framework called Teaching for Transformation that equips teachers to design learning experiences that invite, nurture and empower students to engage ‘in real work that meets real needs for real people.’

Away from work, Darryl can be found with his wife Jodie on dog walks, driving his three children (Kinley, Rylee, and Taigan) back and forth from various sporting events, and wishing that he was fishing.

In his keynote address, “See the Story–Live the Story,” Mr. DeBoer will discuss how deeper learning is a journey deeper into God’s unfolding story: a story of intimacy and things good and beautiful. It is also a story of rebellion and brokenness: however, this story includes an invitation through the work of the cross to participate, to co-create with our creator, in the restoration of a broken world, in the making of all things new.  Our Christian schools–teachers, students, and curriculum–find their meaning and purpose within this story and we, people of God’s story, have a role to play in this unfolding story.

The deep hope of this opening keynote is that you will leave with a heightened awareness of the stories that shape your school, and an increased desire to design deeper learning that empowers the people of God’s story to play their part within THE STORY.

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Featured Speakers

Sara Espinoza

With 20+ years of experience in both public and private education, Sara has gleaned from some of the best.  She has taught in two languages, four countries, eight grade levels, and ten content areas, and she has had the opportunity to closely observe and influence instructional practices in over fifty schools.

She holds a Masters in Educational Leadership, has served as a school board member, and has eleven years experience as an instructional coach.  She was named as a Gathright Scholar at Texas A&M, was awarded the Michael L. Abbott Scholarship in Education Administration at Texas State, and recently received the Blumberg-Pajak Award from the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision.

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Break-Out Sessions

Schedule for the 2020 ACTABS Regional Conference

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Concurrent Sessions: 9:35–10:25

Workshop: Designing Learning for “Real Work that Meets Real Needs for Real People“ (Part 1)
Critical Thinking Activities for Deeper Learning
What’s Going ON in There? How Brains Acquire and Process Information
CRASE: Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events
Elementary: Color It Up
Social Media and Social Networking’s Impact on Adolescent Student Time Management
Why Travel Is Important for Education
Heads of School Round Table

Workshop: Designing Learning for “Real Work that Meets Real Needs for Real People“ (Part 1)

Presenter: Darryl DeBoer

Location: Library

Picking up from our opening keynote session, this two part session is designed for K-12 teachers to explore what it means to design deeper learning experiences that invite, nurture and empower students to participate in real work that meets a real need for real people.  Workshop participants will interact with each other and K-12 stories that illustrate the design principles behind creating REAL learning experiences with your students.  The deep hope for this session is that you will begin to imagine learning experiences for that fully invites your students to play their role in God’s story. While the workshop is designed for two parts, participants will be free to attend only part I or part II.

Critical Thinking Activities for Deeper Learning

Presenter: Sara Espinoza

Location: Room 101

When challenged to facilitate critical thinking in the classroom, many teachers envision having to plan elaborate projects or grade long essays, but encouraging critical thinking can really be very simple and fun. This workshop will model activities for use with any content area or grade level that require minimal planning but are guaranteed to engage students in deeper thinking and promote ownership of learning.

What’s Going ON in There? How Brains Acquire and Process Information

Presenter: David McCall

Location: Room 210

We, as Educators, strive to deliver our instruction in the best ways we can.  We are communicators at heart. However, at times, we see some students appear to fail to understand our instruction.  This session will deal with how our magnificent brains receive and process all kinds of information – and how intricate and complicated that process is.  Finally, we will discuss ways to determine why a student struggles and ways to help them understand.

CRASE: Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events

Presenter: Deputy Daniel Weber

Location: Room 205

In the past two decades, horrific mass shootings have been thrust into public consciousness. Mitigating the effects of these events is the responsibility of those who serve in our communities’ public safety organizations. The public expects an effective and swift response to these threats. Research has shown, however, that many of the mass attacks, or active attack events, are over before law enforcement responders arrive on the scene.

Civilians who find themselves embroiled in such an event must be prepared to take immediate action to save their own lives before law enforcement arrives. The average response time for police response to an active attack event is three minutes.

Without effective, pre-planned response options for civilians at the scene of the attack, many victims can be seriously injured or killed during these three minutes. This course was designed in conjunction with Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) to provide first responders and other professionals with a model response program they can deliver to civilians within their communities. (Participants will receive CRASE certification)

Elementary: Color It Up

Presenter: Chris Goode

Location: Room 108

Once you have had students write a personal narrative, it looks like a schedule of the event more than an important moment in their lives. Color It Up shows how to mold the craft of writing into their story. They can learn 4 different areas to help them explode a moment instead of having a poorly written schedule. Learn how to help your students improve their writing!

Social Media and Social Networking’s Impact on Adolescent Student Time Management

Presenter: Dr. Jared Roan

Location: Shultz Lecture Hall

This session will explore the perceptions of adolescent student time management along with current research on student stress, student sleep deprivation, academic outcomes, fear of missing out, school start times, and student busyness.  This session is directed towards secondary instructors, administrators, coaches, and parents of adolescent students.   

Why Travel Is Important for Education

Presenter: Vickie Boyer

Location: Room 103

Education should never just be limited to the brick and mortar classroom.  Instead, use the world as a classroom through educational travel. We can explain the ins and outs and how to look for effective, accredited companies to help you make the world your classroom.

Heads of School Round Table

Presenter: Dr. Brian Guenther

Location: Presidential Suite (Carroll Hall)

This is an opportunity for the head administrators to share stories and encourage one another through what can be a very difficult and yet rewarding job.

Concurrent Sessions: 10:30–11:20

Workshop: Designing Learning for “Real Work that Meets Real Needs for Real People“ (Part 2)
Five Main Messages of Classroom Management
Technology Traps, Trials and Triumphs – Stories from the “Consulting Trail“
Using the Appeal Process to Foster Accountability
Digital Collaborative Notebook
Secondary: Kernel Essays Using Nonfiction Mentor Texts
Art Teachers Gather & Share I (High School and Middle School)
I Have to Pay To Go to Your School?
Roundtable Discussion on Enhancing Athletic Development

Workshop: Designing Learning for “Real Work that Meets Real Needs for Real People“ (Part 2)

Presenter: Darryl DeBoer

Location: Library

Picking up from our opening keynote session, this two part session is designed for K-12 teachers to explore what it means to design deeper learning experiences that invite, nurture and empower students to participate in real work that meets a real need for real people.  Workshop participants will interact with each other and K-12 stories that illustrate the design principles behind creating REAL learning experiences with your students.  The deep hope for this session is that you will begin to imagine learning experiences for that fully invites your students to play their role in God’s story. While the workshop is designed for two parts, participants will be free to attend only part I or part II.

Five Main Messages of Classroom Management

Presenter: Sara Espinoza

Location: Room 101

Studies suggest that both behavioral and academic outcomes can be directly linked to how well the teacher transfers five simple messages to his/her students.  In this workshop, we will review these five messages, reflect on how our current practices affirm or contradict them, and work together to create and practice procedures that will ensure improved performance and deeper learning for our students.

Technology Traps, Trials and Triumphs – Stories from the “Consulting Trail“

Presenter: David McCall

Location: Room 210

Teachers and Administrators are faced with deciding whether or not a given  technology can meet their educational needs. Then, if the answer is “yes”, they must find out which options are available, how to acquire them, install them and make sure they are used correctly.  This session will suggest a process for making those decisions, and will include Triumphs and Failures from “The Consulting Trail.”

Using the Appeal Process to Foster Accountability

Presenter: Dr. Jake Walters

Location: Room 204

The process for appealing decisions is an important one in your school.  To appeal a decision from the teacher, principal, superintendent and board should be a matter of policy.  I will share with you the process we use at San Antonio Christian that ensures a thorough hearing and enforces accountability at every step of the proceedings.

Digital Collaborative Notebook

Presenter: Kayla Abshire

Location: Room 103

Struggling with what apps can be used in the classroom? Not sure what apps can be used across the grade levels? We will discuss different apps for various grade levels within 1-1 device classrooms and also minimal technology classrooms. 

Secondary: Kernel Essays Using Nonfiction Mentor Texts

Presenter: Chris Goode

Location: Room 205

Students learn how to use kernel essays to develop “full essays” using the process of brainstorming, kernelizing, and fully developing a piece of writing. Mentor texts of famous writers and people in history are used to model an essay that makes a point about life. It is a strategy that makes the student think of possible structures of mentor texts in short kernels that represent major moves of the essay.

Art Teachers Gather & Share I (High School and Middle School)

Presenter: Ruth Schwartz

Location: Room 107

Gather in the art room to share ideas, concerns, questions and answers. Bring along any topic you’d like to discuss, a lesson plan that has inspired you, a struggle you’d like help with or a discovery that makes your days easier. Our combined creativity helps each and every one of us, as well as our students.

I Have to Pay To Go to Your School?

Presenter: Rhonda McNeil

Location: Room 105

In this session learn how San Marcos Academy reduced their Bad Debt and Allowance for Doubtful Accounts expenses by 95% in two years.

Roundtable Discussion on Enhancing Athletic Development

Presenter: Les Davis

Location: Room 106

Join SMA Athletic Director Les Davis for a roundtable discussion on athletic development.

Concurrent Sessions: 1:05–1:55

Workshop: Teaching for Transformation
Connecting Student Learning to Restorative Work in the Community
Seven Soils
Take Back Time: Strategies for Streamlining Instruction and Feedback in Your Classroom
The Magic of Movement Across the Curriculum
Art Teachers Gather & Share (Elementary)
Computers – Math – Science and Today’s Students
Social Media and Social Networking’s Impact on Adolescent Student Time Management
After School Programs K-12

Workshop: Teaching for Transformation

Presenter: Darryl DeBoer

Location: Library

The primary goal of Christian education is the formation of a peculiar people – a people who desire the kingdom of God and thus undertake their life’s expression of that desire” – James K.A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom. In response to this deep hope for Christian Education, a curriculum and pedagogy, Teaching for Transformation, has emerged that invites, nurtures, and empowers educators to design formational learning experiences that shape the desires of students. This workshop is intended for school leaders and administrators who would like to learn more about the Teaching for Transformation framework and the implementation journey. The deep hope of this session that school leaders will feel empowered to begin or continue their journey into the promises contained within their school’s mission and vision statements.

Connecting Student Learning to Restorative Work in the Community

Presenter: Sara Espinoza

Location: Room 101

“What if the primary goal of Christian education was the transforming of our imagination rather than the saturation of our intellect?” (James K.A. Smith).  And what if our students began to imagine their learning as a powerful tool for serving a “cause beyond oneself” (Carl Glickman)?  If this was our goal, what would lesson design look like?  Come imagine new stories for your school by listening to the stories of others and reflecting with colleagues on the possibilities!

Seven Soils

Presenter: Seven Soils

Location: Room 204

Take Back Time: Strategies for Streamlining Instruction and Feedback in Your Classroom

Presenter: James Portis

Location: Room 210

We’ve all been there – grading papers on the couch at midnight…1am…2am… Developing curriculum, Mapping Courses, Vertical alignment, Creating Assignments, Data analysis – most of these things are unavoidable, and necessary, parts of what we do.  What if you could simplify the process without sacrificing the quality of instruction while improving feedback to your students? Maybe it’s time to take back time. In this session we will explore ways to streamline many of our practices to improve our craft and save time.”

The Magic of Movement Across the Curriculum

Presenter: Carla Roberts and Rose Bergland

Location: Room 128

Participants will be learning and participating in activities that can be used in the gym as well as in the classroom. Be prepared to participate and move for this presentation.

Art Teachers Gather & Share (Elementary)

Presenter: Ruth Schwartz

Location: Room 107

Gather in the art room to share ideas, concerns, questions and answers. Bring along any topic you’d like to discuss, a lesson plan that has inspired you, a struggle you’d like help with or a discovery that makes your days easier. Our combined creativity helps each and every one of us, as well as our students.

Computers – Math – Science and Today’s Students

Presenter: Belle Howell

Location: Room 112

In a time when our children have more information than ever before, when our technology introduces them to science at an earlier age – why are our students lacking the intuition and ability to be quality STEaM academics? Discernment; how to use old school ways and new school/computers in a system that teaches a student how to learn, to notice fine-point details, to judge something well and to comprehend that something. 

Social Media and Social Networking’s Impact on Adolescent Student Time Management

Presenter: Dr. Jared Roan

Location: Shultz Lecture Hall

This session will explore the perceptions of adolescent student time management along with current research on student stress, student sleep deprivation, academic outcomes, fear of missing out, school start times, and student busyness.  This session is directed towards secondary instructors, administrators, coaches, and parents of adolescent students.   

After School Programs K-12

Presenter: Eric Casillas

Location: Room 105

Welcome to our workshop on after school programs. In this workshop, we will examine the benefits that an after school program can provide for enrolled students and their families. After school programs promote social bonds, physical activity, and encourage students to discover new interests. Additionally, it is an inexpensive childcare option for families and a source of revenue for the organization. We will discuss low-cost and creative ideas to establish after school programs that can be efficient and beneficial for students of all ages. We will discuss the importance of community relations with other organizations and businesses for students to connect.

Concurrent Sessions: 2:00–2:50

Workshop: Equipping Teachers and Inviting Students to Connect Their Learning to God’s Story (Part 1)
Duke Talent Identification Program (TIPS)
Birds of a Feather: Challenges of a Digital School
SRP: Standard Response Protocol
Response to Intervention/Accommodated Learning Program
Shaping the Motivational Orientation of Secondary Students
Communicating in a Crisis: How Our Campus Responded to the Death of a Student
Business Office and Human Resources Roundtable
Athletic Field Turf Maintenance

Workshop: Equipping Teachers and Inviting Students to Connect Their Learning to God’s Story (Part 1)

Presenter: Darryl DeBoer

Location: Library

Picking up from our opening keynote session, this two part session is designed for K-12 teachers to explore what it means to design deeper learning experiences that invite, nurture and empower students to participate in real work that meets a real need for real people.  Workshop participants will interact with each other and K-12 stories that illustrate the design principles behind creating REAL learning experiences with your students.  The deep hope for this session is that you will begin to imagine learning experiences for that fully invites your students to play their role in God’s story. While the workshop is designed for two parts, participants will be free to attend only part I or part II.

Duke Talent Identification Program (TIPS)

Presenter: Duke TIP

Location: Room 103

Since 1980, the not-for-profit Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) has been a world leader in identifying academically talented students and providing innovative programs to support their educational development. Beginning at critical points in education, Duke TIP gives students a chance to learn more about their abilities with academically engaging opportunities and resources. Through identification, recognition, information, advocacy, challenging educational programs, and research, TIP offers a wide array of services to students, their parents, educators, and schools. Come learn how Duke TIP can help supplement your school’s educational offerings for the academically gifted. From talent searches to academic programs to curriculum development and research, there is something for everyone!

Birds of a Feather: Challenges of a Digital School

Presenters: Nancy Smith and Kayla Abshire

Location: Room 201

What does your professional and continual learning look like? This session will include a time for sharing what has been successful with implementing technology in our classrooms as well as discussing our challenges, including developing relationships with teachers and administrators and digitally keeping our campuses up to date with technology.

SRP: Standard Response Protocol

Presenter: Deputy Daniel Weber

Location: Room 210

A critical ingredient in the safe school recipe is the uniform classroom response to any incident. Weather events, fires, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by school and district administration and staff. Historically, schools have taken this scenario-based approach to respond to hazards and threats. It’s not uncommon to find a stapled sheaf of papers or even a tabbed binder in a teacher’s desk that describes a variety of things that might happen and the specific response to each event. SRP is action based. The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is based not on individual scenarios but on the response to any given situation.

Response to Intervention/Accommodated Learning Program

Presenters: Connie Bagley and Rebecca Nash

Location: Room 204

Utilizing a Curriculum-Based Measurement system to measure performance on key literacy skills. Benchmark screening designed to identify a student’s overall reading proficiency risk levels.

Shaping the Motivational Orientation of Secondary Students

Presenters: Dr. Randy Hendricks, Dr. Todd Kunders, Dr. Craig Hammonds

Location: Shultz Lecture Hall

This presentation explores the nexus between pedagogy and student motivation through the lens of Deci and Ryan’s Self-Determination Theory.

Communicating in a Crisis: How Our Campus Responded to the Death of a Student

Presenter: Shelley Henry

Location: Room 205

The death of a student or faculty member is one of the most difficult situations a school will ever face. San Marcos Academy experienced such a tragedy not long after the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. This session will explore how the Academy responded and grieved, offering some suggestions and guidelines for those who could one day face a similar crisis situation. 

Business Office and Human Resources Roundtable

Presenter: Rhonda McNeil

Location: Room 105

An open discussion session reviewing topics that impact Business Office and Human Resources.

Athletic Field Turf Maintenance

Presenter: Toby Wade

Location: Room 106

Field Turf Maintenance is more than mowing! Learn from the master how to maintain your playing fields.

Concurrent Sessions: 2:55–3:45

Workshop: Equipping Teachers and Inviting Students to Connect Their Learning to God’s Story (Parts 1 and 2)
Deep and Complex Thinking Skills for All Students
Is Google for Education for YOU?
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) with Children for Anxiety
Elementary Mental Math and Logic
Shaping the Motivational Orientation of Secondary Students
ACTABS Accreditation
Current Trends, Topics, and Procedures in Athletic Training

Workshop: Equipping Teachers and Inviting Students to Connect Their Learning to God’s Story (Parts 1 and 2)

Presenter: Darryl DeBoer

Location: Library

Picking up from our opening keynote session, this two part session is designed for K-12 teachers to explore what it means to design deeper learning experiences that invite, nurture and empower students to participate in real work that meets a real need for real people.  Workshop participants will interact with each other and K-12 stories that illustrate the design principles behind creating REAL learning experiences with your students.  The deep hope for this session is that you will begin to imagine learning experiences for that fully invites your students to play their role in God’s story. While the workshop is designed for two parts, participants will be free to attend only part I or part II.

Deep and Complex Thinking Skills for All Students

Presenter: June Bond

Location: Room 204

This workshop will empower participants to challenge all students at the same time to think deep and complex.  Participants will receive bookmark guides and other materials to assist students and teachers to interact with high order thinking skills across multiple subjects making important connections.  During activities teachers will be able to demonstrate how to create an environment of high academic language as well as use the “4 Laws of Importance” to target important details for any subject and increase memory.

Is Google for Education for YOU?

Presenters: Nancy Smith and Kayla Abshire

Location: Room 201

Does your school use Google for Education? We will discuss how we are using the program suite at San Marcos Academy. Join us for exploring the “Google way” — GMail, Calendar, Classroom, Drive File Stream, and Chrome Web Store.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) with Children for Anxiety

Presenter: Shelley Roberts

Location: Room 205

Brief presentation showing how the different areas of DBT (Emotional Regulation/Distress Tolerance/Interpersonal Relationships/Mindfulness) can help children identify anxiety triggers and create proper grounding skills. Various DBT exercises and handouts will be shared with the audience so they might share with their students. The history of how DBT was created by Marsha Linehan and the different populations that can benefit from DBT skills will also be presented to the audience.

Elementary Mental Math and Logic

Presenter: Sherry Christensen

Location: Room 103

Fun ways to incorporate mental math & logic to your math class, with some time tested products and games you can make with “trash.”

Shaping the Motivational Orientation of Secondary Students

Presenters: Dr. Randy Hendricks, Dr. Todd Kunders, Dr. Craig Hammonds

Location: Shultz Lecture Hall

This presentation explores the nexus between pedagogy and student motivation through the lens of Deci and Ryan’s Self-Determination Theory.

ACTABS Accreditation

Presenter: Dr. Brian Guenther

Location: Room 101

Learn what it takes to become an ACTABS Accredited school.  Whether your school is in the process of accreditation or considering the process, you will learn, through this interactive session, how to meet the requirements, gain accreditation, and receive a TEA number from the State of Texas.

Current Trends, Topics, and Procedures in Athletic Training

Presenter: Megan Haynes

Location: Room 106

 

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Certifications

Conference participants who complete the training for CRASE will receive certification in that area.

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CRASE—Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events

In the past two decades, horrific mass shootings have been thrust into public consciousness. Mitigating the effects of these events is the responsibility of those who serve in our communities’ public safety organizations. The public expects an effective and swift response to these threats. Research has shown, however, that many of the mass attacks, or active attack events, are over before law enforcement responders arrive on the scene.

Civilians who find themselves embroiled in such an event must be prepared to take immediate action to save their own lives before law enforcement arrives. The average response time for police response to an active attack event is three minutes.

Without effective, preplanned response options for civilians at the scene of the attack, many victims can be seriously injured or killed during these three minutes. This course was designed in conjunction with Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) to provide first responders and other professionals with a model response program they can deliver to civilians within their communities.

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