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Annual Conference South

October 23-25, 2015, Costa Mesa, CA

Personalizing Learning in the Common Core Era

Empowering and preparing educators for 21st century learning

Featured Speakers | Featured/Ticketed Sessions | Conference Rates and Registration | Location and Schedule

From higher text complexity in language arts to students as math practitioners, it is no wonder polls show half of all educators feel unprepared for organizing student learning around the Common Core State Standards. Join your colleagues from across Southern California to explore how you can empower your students and yourself by refining curriculum, instruction and assessment to focus on personalized learning that embraces performance tasks, complex problems and 21st century soft skills such as collaboration and creativity.

Conference Highlights

  • Over 80 sessions included with conference registration
  • Applicable for K-12 teachers and administrators from all content areas
  • Useful sessions, takeaway resources, and passionate educators ready to explore next-generation pedagogy, practice and leadership
  • LCAP-friendly solutions for English learners, low-income students and foster youth
  • Instructional practices tied to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards that boost engagement and learning in math, ELA, science, social science, physical education and more
  • College credit available – sign up at conference registration
  • More than 14 high quality professional development hours

Friday, October 23

Workshop Sessions | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Annual Conference South offers a variety of sessions, included with conference registration, on how to implement the Common Core in:

  • English-Language Arts/Development
  • History-Social Science
  • K-5 Classrooms
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Special Education
  • Technology

Saturday, October 24

General Session: Erik Palmer | 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Reading Redefined: Giving Students Skills for Reading in the Digital World

Today, when students read enhanced texts and read online, they discover that reading involves embedded video, images, audio and hyperlinks. To comprehend what they "read," students need to be media literate, Internet literate and digital-text literate. This talk explains the skills needed by today's readers and suggests ways to teach those skills. Sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Workshop Sessions | 10:45 am - 5:00 pm
Attend a variety of sessions, included with conference registration, applicable for K-12 administrators and teachers from all content areas.

Optional Ticketed Session | 1:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Price not included with conference registration. Must be registered for conference to attend.

Erik Palmer: Effective Oral Communication for K-12 Students
All students talk, yet few speak well. Common Core standards include Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas, but few teachers know how to help students present to one person; small or large groups; formally and informally; in-person or digitally. Gain a practical framework for teaching students to be effective oral communicators in any situation. Lesson ideas and rubrics will be shared.
Price: $85

Sunday, October 25

Workshop Sessions | 8:30 am - 10:45 am
Attend a variety of sessions, including a spotlight session with keynote speaker Jennie Magiera (see below), applicable for K-12 administrators and teachers from all content areas.

NEW! Spotlight Session: Moreno Valley USD | 8:30 am - 10:45 am
Learning: What’s the Brain Got to Do With It?

This 2-hour session will focus on the neuroscience behind how the brain learns and how teachers can use the lessons learned from neurological research to boost student achievement.

New Keynote Speaker!

General Session: Carol Jago | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Common Core: From Standards to Inspired Practice

The Common Core Standards make clear where students are going. They describe what today’s children need to know and be able to do in order in order to thrive.  By focusing on results — the destination — rather than the how — the means of transportation — the Common Core allows for a variety of teaching methods and many different classroom approaches. The challenge for teachers is to insure that the daily journey towards this destination is a rich learning experience for all students. In her keynote address, Carol will explain how making the shift to closer reading and more focused writing entails a deep understanding of how students learn how to learn. 

Carol Jago has taught English in middle and high school for 32 years and is associate director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA. She served as president of the National Council of Teachers of English and is currently chair of the College Board’s English Academic Advisory committee that oversees the SAT, AP Literature, and AP Language exams.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Jennie Magiera will not be presenting at the CLS Annual Conference South.

Conference Information

Hotel and Location
Hotel rooms, conference check-in, the exhibit hall and all sessions will be located at: The Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Special conference hotel room rates are available from $145 plus tax - call the hotel directly at (714) 540-2500. Please reserve your hotel room for Friday and Saturday nights.

Who Should Attend
K-12 administrators, non-core content teachers, math teachers and English-language arts teachers; site and district CCSS teams. Bring your team for best results.

Suggested Funding Sources
Schools can apply Title 1, Title 2, Title 3, QEIA, SIG, and Local Control Funding Formula funds to this professional development opportunity. Make this part of your Local Control Accountability Plan!

Schedule of Conference Activities

Friday, October 23
Registration, 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Workshops, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, October 24
Registration, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
General Session, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Exhibit Hall, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Workshops, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, October 25
Workshops, 8:30 am - 10:45 am
General Session, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

College Credit
College credit is available - sign up at conference check-in.

Bookstore
The California League of Schools conference bookstore carries titles by your favorite education authors.

Exhibit Hall
Visit the exhibit hall for a full range of educational products and services.
Exhibit Hall is open Saturday, October 24, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm.
Purchase Exhibit Space

Conference Rates

$269 members / $329 non-members

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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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. ALL registrations submitted are subject to the cancellation policy. There is no refund for no-shows.

Prior to 8/24/15 $60 fee; 8/24/15 - 9/25/15; 50% fee; After 9/25/15 no refund but a colleague may substitute. There are no refunds for ticketed sessions.

About Us
California League of Schools is a nonprofit educators' association encompassing the 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.

Conference information is subject to change. Meals are not included.