- Child Nutrition Annual Showcase
Join fellow child nutrition professionals at this annual event to explore important issues facing child nutrition programs in schools. Participate in break out sessions as presenters deliver new and creative ideas for managing federal feeding programs. Participants are invited to stay for the afternoon Region 4 Expo highlighting new and innovative products, equipment, and services that support school food service and promote a healthy environment.
- CACFP INSPO
CACFP INSPO is a one-day conference to help Contracting Entities (CEs) meet training requirements, inspire new menu ideas, and learn more about the CACFP. As CE’s face the challenge of meeting the new meal pattern requirements, it is important to make sure CEs are equipped with tools to succeed. This year we are excited to bring expert speakers from Texas Department of Agriculture, cooking classes with a culinary chef, and much more!
- Leadership Fusion
The Leadership Fusion Summit for School Leaders is an annual event which features national speakers who are at the forefront of educational leadership. Topics vary each year, drawing on best practices from the field in the areas of school improvement, change management, communication, accountability, vision, culture and climate and team building. Leaders will acquire new learning, adding to their skillset and thus preparing them for effective campus and district leadership.
- Circle-Up: Positive and Restorative Practices for Relationship Building and Conflict Resolution Training of Trainers Virtual
Circle-Up is a virtual training of trainers designed for participants to utilize the content to train their own district or charter school staff members. This professional development requires pre-work to be completed prior to the Zoom session. Circle-Up will provide a comprehensive look at the use of "affective statements" and circles as a part of restorative discipline practices. The session includes defining key features of different types of circles, participating in and experiencing a variety of circles, practicing facilitation of different types of circles, identifying ways to evaluate the fidelity of the use of circles, and identifying implementation strategies that will facilitate an effective implementation of different types of circles.
Participants will be required to attend Part 1 and Part 2 to receive credit. Participants will have priority for placement to secure one of the two days available for their session.
Participants will use:
- Part 1 Nearpod asynchronous learning
- Part 2 Zoom one half day for virtual for circle practices, lesson planning and implementation strategies.
- Instructional Technology Leadership Academy
Instructional Technology Leadership Academy (ITLA) provides a unique
opportunity for new or existing professionals and teams to build their capacity
as leaders who support technology-enhanced instruction. Participants will engage in learning to further develop personal skill sets within our work of supporting technology-enhanced instruction.
- Names Behind the Numbers: Strengthening Data Practices
Join other administrators and educators for this one-day conference focused on best practices in using data to strengthen and accelerate outcomes. Attend keynote and breakout sessions that provide information and networking opportunities with
- Building a culture that embraces data;
- Making the most of data;
- Strengthening improvement with data;
- Telling your story with data;
- Utilizing the S.A.M.E. Pathway; and
- Leveraging data programs.
- Online Early Childhood Special Education Inclusion Conference for Preschoolers and Kindergartners with Disabilities
This multi-day conference is designed to support teachers who are working with young children with disabilities. Conference sessions will cover a variety of topics including; utilizing best practices to support inclusion, specially designed instruction, language and communication, literacy, math, improving social and behavioral skills, and much, much more. Participants will gain information, strategies, and materials that will support service delivery to young children with disabilities in various classroom settings. This session and materials costs are partially funded through state or federal grants. You must be in attendance to receive the conference materials.
- Signing Exact English (SEE) Skillshop
This week-long workshop for adult learners is designed to meet the needs of beginning as well as advanced users of Signing Exact English. Participants will improve their expressive and receptive signing skills, sign vocabulary, visual features of sign language, and song and storytelling techniques. All skill levels will be addressed through intensive work in level-matched small groups. Recent research findings on the effectiveness of Signing Exact English will also be presented. Session materials and costs are partially funded through state or federal grants.
- STEAM Academy
Explore the power of S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) as it applies to real-world connections, creativity through collaboration, and innovation through art and engineering. This conference incorporates workshop-style sessions organized by grade bands and identified by STEAM strands, allowing you to personalize your conference experience. Discover innovative ways to make instructional connections that transform engaged students to empowered learners.
*Region 4 STEAM location TBD