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Renee Smith
Why I Do What I Do
Thursday, October 6, 2016

Taking the fear out of mathematics and learning by doing are goals I have for teachers and students alike. My passion for engaging, meaningful, hands-on math activities are a part of all of my trainings because I still love watching “the light bulb” pop on for educators just like I did with students! I want to help change how our culture views math…from a generation that is A-OK with saying, “I HATE MATH!”, to one that values, loves, and wants MORE math!

Renee Smith (Curriculum Specialist) is an elementary and middle school mathematics specialist at ESSDACK where she facilitates courses around instructional pedagogy aligned to the Common Core Standards. She also assists districts in the areas of math coaching, and differentiated instruction. Renee facilitated two successful MSP grants in the last eight years, in which she observed and provided feedback to participating classroom teachers. Renee’ obtained her bachelors degree from Southwestern College and her Masters in Education from Baker University. She has 25 years in the field of education and has presented at the local, state, and national levels. Renee’ and her partner, Tammy Fellers have developed a line of products tied directly to the common core for use by elementary and middle school teachers during small group instruction time.

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Alan November
Creating a New Culture of Teaching and Learning
Thursday, October 6, 2016

Access to timely information and communication tools can empower educators to focus on the individual learning needs of their students. These same tools can lead to a wealth of benefits, such as greater collegiality, stronger relationships, self-directed students, curriculum-aligned technology, authentic work, rigorous and motivating assignments, and the development of a strong learning community. Learn all about this potent new culture of empowered teaching and fearless learning.

Alan November thrives on confirming and challenging educators’ thoughts about what’s possible in the world of teaching and learning. More than anything, he is a teacher at heart, with a wealth of experience teaching learners of all ages. Alan is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology.

Audiences enjoy Alan’s humor and wit as he pushes the boundaries of how to improve teaching and learning. His areas of expertise include planning across curriculum, staff development, new school design, community building and leadership development. He has delivered keynotes and workshops in all fifty states, across Canada and throughout the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Central America.