Symposium 2016

Thinking Collaborative Symposium

January 25 – 28, 2016

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Peter Johnston

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Bio: Peter Johnston is Professor Emeritus at the University at Albany. His recent research has focused on the consequences of teachers’ classroom talk for the ways children learn and experience themselves and each other, and how engaged reading influences children’s social, emotional, moral and academic development. A member of the International Reading Association’s Literacy Research Panel and the Reading Hall of Fame, he received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research. His book Choice Words, was recently awarded the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award by the Literacy Research Association for having “demonstrably and positively influenced literacy teaching in classrooms and districts nationally.” His newest book is Opening Minds.

Talk: Opening and Engaging Minds.  Research shows that classroom talk and student engagement affect children’s learning and development, individually and collectively, and the qualities of the learning community. The talk will show how apparently small changes in classroom practice can affect student learning, while leveraging larger changes; in school behavior, social relationships, and self-regulation, in  students’ handling of challenge, adversity, uncertainty and difference, and in their happiness (yes, happiness).



Pre-Conference Information

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Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows$157 per night (single/double)
The Group rate is valid 1/4/16


2016 Symposium Schedule

Monday, January 25th
8:30 - 12:00Adaptive Schools Trainers Meeting
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 4:30Adaptive Schools Trainers Meeting
Tuesday, January 26th8:30 - 12:00Symposium Preconference
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 4:00Symposium Preconference
4:00 - 4:30Closing
5:00 - 6:00Social Gathering and Cash Bar
6:00 - 8:00Dinner
Wednesday, January 27th8:30 - 10:30Symposium Keynote: Peter Johnston
10:45 - 12:00Breakout Sessions
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:15 - 2:15Breakout Sessions
2:30 - 3:45Breakout Sessions
4:00 - 4:15Closing
Thursday, January 28th8:30 - 12:00Cognitive CoachingSM Trainers’ Meeting
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 4:30Cognitive CoachingSM Trainers’ Meeting

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Registration Costs

Symposium Only – $350
Pre-Conference Only – $200
AS Trainers Meeting Only – $50
CC Trainers Meeting Only – $50
Pre-Conference and Symposium – $500
Pre-Conference and Symposium and AS Trainers Meeting – $550
Pre-Conference and Symposium and CC Trainers Meeting – $550
Pre-Conference and Symposium, AS and CC Trainers Meeting – $600

Symposium 2016 On-line Registration