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Annual Conference South

The Common Core: Proven K-12 practices to develop college- and career-ready learners

October 25-27, 2013, San Diego

As sites and districts prepare to fully implement the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), it is essential for administrators, academic coaches, department chairs and teachers to acquire the strategies that all faculty will need to create learning environments conducive to the common core. Join colleagues to discover new ideas from experts already implementing these new standards; you will develop an understanding of the changes ahead and a game-plan for addressing the new expectations. You will also gain practical, grade-level resources for your immediate use.

The Annual Conference South offers

  • Special sessions on CCSS-related 21st-century skills, instructional leadership, and standards for English-language arts/ content literacy, math and English language development
  • Over 85 sessions, many addressing the Common Core, included with conference registration
  • Solutions for English learners and students with disabilities
  • Session strands for elementary, middle and high school teachers and administrators
  • Sessions on content areas, project-based learning, integrated technology, data analysis, classroom management and more
  • College credit available – sign up at conference registration
  • Over 14 quality professional development hours

Keynote Speakers

Included with Conference Registration
The following sessions (plus over 85 other sessions) are free with registration.

Julie Adams: The Common Core, Best Practices and Neuroscience
Julie is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, Educator of the Year, author and international consultant.
Friday, October 25, 8:00 – 9:30 am
When it comes to the new Common Core Standards, it helps to understand how young brains differ from mature brains. In this fast-paced keynote you will learn the latest adolescent neuroscience research; implications for effective learning; four "Best Instructional Practices" that boost student engagement, comprehension and retention; and how these practices link to the Common Core Standards. Leave with a tool kit of college/career ready and brain-based strategies to implement immediately.

Ken Williams: Declaring a State of New Urgency: Restoring the Confidence of Teachers
Ken is a leading authority on peak performance in schools, author and former teacher and administrator.
Saturday, October 26, 8:00 am – 9:30 am
There is an often-overlooked reciprocal relationship between teacher confidence and student success. Ken confronts long-standing paradigms that diminish teacher confidence, and then explores the questions, research and practices that support what Jackson termed "the pedagogy of confidence." See how fearless expectation and support for all students foster high intellectual performance, leading teachers to trust student potential and their own ability to guide this potential.

Optional Ticketed Sessions

The following are optional, paid sessions that are in addition to the 85 sessions included with registration. The iPad sessions usually sell out. You MUST be registered for the conference to attend these sessions.

Julie Adams: PDP Cornell Notes and Pre-During-Post Critical Thinking& Content Literacy Strategies
Friday, October 25, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This session will expand on Julie's Friday morning keynote address and present additional research and brain-based strategies to increase student achievement. The focus will be on developing comprehensive lesson plans that foster the 21st-century college & career readiness skills the Common Core emphasizes. Julie will feature instruction in PDP Cornell Notes and engaging Pre-During-Post comprehension strategies for all content areas.  This is one session you cannot afford to miss! Price: $85

iPad for Educators – includes the new iPad Mini!
Friday, October 25, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Get a 16-GB wifi iPad mini and learn to use it! Explore initial iPad setup, how to add content, how to make the most of iTunes U, and how to find the best educational apps available – including apps for creating content and media on the iPad. An overview of mobile learning in the classroom, cutting-edge 1:1 programs, and volume licensing for education will be included. (Hands-on session.) Price: $485

Ken Williams: Every Child, Every Day: PLCs and the Common Core
Saturday, October 26, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Powerful learning communities adopt two fundamental assumptions: all students can learn at high levels, and staff members are collectively responsible for ensuring learning occurs. Applying equal parts heart, humor and hammer, Ken will guide you in creating a plan to align the practices of your school, starting with research-based best practices that focus on learning. Through collaborative culture and other systematic processes, you'll learn how to ensure high levels of learning for all students while integrating the Common Core Standards. Price: $85

iPad for Educators – Bring Your Own iPad
Saturday, October 26, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Learn how to add content, how to make the most of iTunes U, and how to find the best educational apps available – including apps for creating content and media on the iPad. An overview of mobile learning in the classroom, cutting-edge 1:1 programs, and volume licensing for education will be included. (Hands-on session.) Price: $85

Conference Rates

$239 members
$299 non-members
If you or your school is not a current member, get the best rates by first joining CLMS (middle school educators), CLHS (high school educators) or CLES (elementary school educators), then registering for the conference.

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Printable Registration Form (PDF)
Download Conference Brochure (PDF)

Registration Deadline

Registrations will be accepted (online, by mail and fax) through noon on October 21, 2013. After that, you may register on-site at the Town & Country Hotel at no additional cost.

Location and Schedule

Location and Accommodations
Town & Country Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108. Special CLS conference hotel room rates from $139 plus tax – call the hotel directly at (619) 291-7131.
Friday, October 25: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 26: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 27: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Conference registration will be open Thursday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 pm and Friday beginning at 7:00 am in the Golden Ballroom at the Town & Country Hotel.

Conference schedule and session times are subject to change / meals are not included

About California League of Schools

California League of Schools is a nonprofit educators’ association encompassing the communities of California League of Middle Schools, California League of High Schools and California League of Elementary Schools. CLS is dedicated to helping K-12 educators improve student learning through useful, evidence-based professional development and other resources.

(800) 326-1880

University Credit: Earn one semester unit for $83 from Fresno Pacific University; sign up on-site.

Cancellation Policy

ALL registrations submitted are subject to the cancellation policy. Cancellation requests must be in writing and faxed to (562) 430-5607. Please call as soon as you fax your request to verify receipt at (562) 430-3136.

Through 8/23/13 - $60 fee; 8/24/13 through 9/27/13 - 50% fee; After 9/27/13 - no refund.
There is no refund for no-shows. A colleague may substitute for you to avoid cancellation penalties.