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Annual Conference South

October 24-26, 2014, Costa Mesa, CA

Teaching and Learning in the Common Core Era

Successful strategies for K-12 teachers, administrators and teams

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

Workshop Sessions

The Common Core State Standards offer all teachers exciting avenues for deepening their practice and engaging students in meaningful demonstrations of knowledge. Come to the CLS Annual Conference South to receive proven, practical tools and techniques designed to help you meet Common Core demands and reach the high expectations we hold for all of our students. Take the mystery out of the Common Core - prepare for baseline testing in the spring of 2015!

The Annual Conference South offers

  • Special CCSS-related sessions on technology, project-based learning, administrative/teacher leadership, English-language arts, math, non-core content areas and more
  • Solutions for English learners and students with disabilities
  • Session strands for elementary, middle and high school teachers and administrators

Featured Speakers

The following sessions plus over 70 workshops are included with conference registration.

General Session
Saturday, October 25, 8:30 - 10:00 am

Dr. Nancy Frey: The Purposeful Common Core Classroom
Nancy is an author, teacher and professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University.
Purpose-driven instruction in the Common Core era ensures that students understand learning targets and that meaningful activities are aligned with expectations. In this session, we explore the components of a purposeful classroom, including a focus on learning goals rather than activities, the role of language expectations, relevance of the goals, and how the goals can be assessed.

General Session
Sunday, October 26, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Dr. Douglas Fisher: Common Core: Better Learning through Structured Teaching
Douglas is an author, teacher and professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University.
Engaging students and building their competence requires precision teaching, not prescriptive methods. This session focuses on the Gradual Release of Responsibility and provides participants with information about the implementation of an instructional framework that ensures student success, including establishing purpose, modeling thinking, and guiding instruction, group work, and independent learning tasks.

Featured Sessions

Spotlight Sessions: Friday, October 24, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Don't miss special sessions on how to implement the Common Core in:

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

Optional Ticketed Session

Saturday, October 25, 1:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Dr. Nancy Frey
Common Core: Teaching Students to Write Like Detectives (Grades 4-12)

The Common Core State Standards challenge students to move beyond writing as a stand-alone skill by producing writing that is based on their reading. But simply assigning more writing will not result in more skilled writers. Students need to be carefully taught the conventions and grammar of writing, as well as the kinds of text types they can craft. In this session, we focus on the demands of the new writing standards - especially the emphasis on writing that is connected to reading.
Price: $85

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 $140 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 24
Registration, 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Workshops, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, October 25
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 26
Workshops, 8:30 am - 10:45 am
General Session, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

College Credit
College credit is available for $83 per semester unit - sign up at conference check-in.

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 25, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm.

Conference Rates

$239 members / $309 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.

Through 8/24/14 - $60 fee; 8/25/14 through 9/24/14 - 50% fee; After 9/24/14 - no refund.
A colleague may substitute for you to avoid cancellation penalties.

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.