pre conference workshops

Thursday, April 18

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Cost per person: $189
By advance registration only. 
Add $30 fee if you are not attending the conference.

All pre-conference workshops will be offered LIVE in  New York City only.  There is no virtual option.


1. Teaching and AI: AI for Educators Workshop (P, Grades K-12)

In this workshop, you will get information on what AI is and its implications for the classroom. You will get practical ideas for using it to save time and level up learning. You will gain a perspective on academic integrity, cheating, and plagiarism in an AI-integrated world. Matt Miller will provide a glimpse at the future, identifying where education is going so that you can start to adjust now. You will leave equipped with the information, ideas, and confidence you need to start adjusting your teaching and know that you’re just as valuable as ever in the AI age.

Matt Miller, MEd, Teacher, North Central Parke Schools; Author, AI for Educators: Learning Strategies, Teacher Efficiencies, and a Vision for an Artificial Intelligence Future (2023)



2. Adaptable: Creating a Flexible Curriculum in an Age of Constant Change (P, All Grades)

This workshop is tailored for educators, curriculum developers, and academic leaders who face the relentless challenge of keeping educational content relevant, engaging, and effective amidst rapid technological advancements and shifting societal needs. You will explore the critical need for adaptability in educational settings, delving into the evolving landscape of learning and teaching. You will leave equipped with innovative strategies to foster a curriculum that not only responds to change but anticipates and embraces it.

A.J. Juliani, MS, Founder, Adaptable Learning; Director, Learning and Innovation; Instructor, UPenn Graduate School of Education; Author, Adaptable: How to Create an Adaptable Curriculum and Flexible Learning Experiences That Work in Any Environment (2021)




3. Empowering Teachers: Infusing Creativity into the Classroom (RP, All Grades)

Join this dynamic and engaging workshop to dive into the world of creativity and its significance in education. Discover the power of modeling creativity through the core four: curiosity, openness, risk-taking, and embracing challenges. Learn how to foster a classroom environment that nurtures creativity and discover effective strategies to infuse creative thinking into your teaching. Leave with practical and easy-to-implement techniques that will immediately transform your classroom. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to unlock your students’ full potential.

Katie Trowbridge, EdD, CEO/President of Curiosity 2 Create; Co-Founder Creative Thinking Network; and Cyndi Burnett, EdD, Vice-President of Curiosity 2 Create; Co-Founder Creative Thinking Network; Co-Host of the “Fueling Creativity in Education” Podcast; Former Associate Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, SUNY Buffalo State University; Co-Author, Weaving Creativity Into Every Strand of Your Curriculum (2015); Co-Editor, Big Questions in Creativity (2014)




4. Healthy Teachers, Happy Classrooms: Twelve Brain-Based Principles to Avoid Burnout, Increase Optimism, and Support Physical Well-Being (P, All Grades)

Many teachers are simply and understandably burning out. In this engaging workshop, based on the book, Healthy Teachers, Happy Classrooms, you will not only learn how to restore your passion for teaching, but also how to adapt. You will continue to be actively engaged as you explore additional principles that contribute to teacher wellness. These same principles will be applied to creating academic success for students in a classroom where teaching and learning are joyous experiences.

Marcia L. Tate, EdD, Chief Executive Officer, Developing Minds, Inc.; Author, Healthy Teachers, Happy Classrooms: Twelve Brain-Based Principles to Avoid Burnout, Increase Optimism, and Support Physical Well-Being (2022), Preparing Children for Success in School and Life (2022, 2nd Edition), and 100 Brain-Friendly Lessons for Unforgettable Teaching and Learning (2019)


5. Teaching Reading: Fostering Critical Thinking and Comprehension (RP, Grades K-5)

It’s settled science: developing skilled readers can enhance students’ lives. This workshop focuses on strategies to develop skilled readers by examining two critical aspects: word recognition and language comprehension. Word recognition includes strands such as phonological awareness, sight word recognition, and a systematic approach to phonics and decoding. Language comprehension includes strands such as vocabulary, morphological awareness, critical thinking, and verbal reasoning.

Douglas B. Fisher, PhD, Chair, Department of Educational Leadership, San Diego State University; Classroom Teacher, Health Sciences High and Middle College; Co-Author, The Vocabulary Playbook: Learning Words That Matter (2023), Teaching Reading: A Playbook for Developing Skilled Readers Through Word Recognition and Language Comprehension (2022), and Comprehension the Skill, Will, and Thrill of Reading (2020)