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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

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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.

Spotlight Session: Jennie Magiera
Differentiation DIY: Creating Your Own Common Core Content
Learn how to leverage Google Forms, YouTube, screencasting apps like Explain Everything and other great digital tools to create your own differentiated content! Create real-time formative assessment-differentiation cycles for your students to individualize instruction and increase engagement. Please bring a laptop and iPad loaded with Explain Everything to this 2 hour, hands-on session (first come, first served).

General Session: Jennie Magiera | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Beware the Transformation Trap: Making Meaningful Change

Often we hear how new devices, pedagogies or teaching philosophies are "transforming education." Yet how closely aligned are these strategies, ideas and devices to the real focus of schools - our students? Let's refocus innovation and technology back on students and discuss how change can truly support their learning.

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.

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.