Workshops

LEARN DIRECTLY FROM THE EXPERTS YOU TRUST THE MOST: OTHER TEACHERS.

It’s great to learn strategies I can use right away—directly from other teachers.Joshua Parker, 2012 Maryland Teacher of the Year

Using tableaux to strengthen students’ literary analysis skills

Sydney Chaffee, the 2017 National Teacher of the Year, and the Huntington Theatre Company's Meg O’Brien share how they work together to make use of a theater strategy to help students deeply analyze and understand complex texts and ideas.

All Grades, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Inspiring students through self-directed humanitarian projects

Michael Lindblad, 2015 Oregon State Teacher of the Year, shares how he inspires students through self-directed humanitarian projects.

Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Using Young-Adult literature to teach about social justice

Jane McMahon, 2014 Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year, shares how she uses Young-Adult literature to teach about social justice.

Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Using mathematical routines to engage all learners

Sarah Bent shares how she engages students in mathematical routines that build number sense, develop inquiry, and support the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice.

Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8

Using collaborative technologies to engage students in authentic, content-specific conversations

Shelly Stanton, Montana's 2016 State Teacher of the Year, shares how she engages students in authentic, content-specific conversations by using collaborative technology and formative assessments.

All Grades

Using Genius Hour to make school relevant, meaningful, and challenging for students

Rebecca Mieliwocki, 2012 National Teacher of the Year, shares how Genius Hour makes school relevant, meaningful, and challenging for her students.

Grades 9-12

Starting the year by establishing a safe and engaging career-focused classroom

Debbie Moore shares how she integrates a career portfolio during the first days of the school year to establish her safe and engaging career-focused classroom.

Grades 9-12

Keeping students on the same page by hosting classroom-based “accountability socials”

Julissa Rodriguez shares how she starts the year on a level playing field and then keeps students on the same page throughout the school year by organizing regular classroom "accountability socials."

Grades 9-12

Personalizing and differentiating instruction for English Language Learners

Dorina Sackman-Ebuwa, 2014 Florida State Teacher of the Year, shares how she provides genuinely differentiated instruction that meets her ELL students exactly where they are.

Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8

Introducing “punctuation formulas” to develop and reinforce students’ grammar skills

Sophia Faridi shares how she employs math-based concepts to reinforce grammar skills and help students analyze complex sentences.

Grades 6-8

Creating an environment that encourages inclusion students to feel welcome and confident in a general education classroom

Jemelleh Coes, Georgia’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, shares how she creates an environment that encourages inclusion students to feel welcome and confident in a general education classroom.

All Grades

Workshop Five: Presenting the Transformation

Ben Owens shares the fifth and final step in telling your professional story: choosing the medium in which you present your story of professional transformation and impact.

Grades 3-5

Helping students improve their understanding of texts through analytical reading.

Monica Washington shares how she helps students improve their understanding of texts through analytical reading.

Grades 6-8

Expanding the Boundaries of the History Classroom

Michael Skomba shares how he uses driving questions and project/problem-based learning to make history come alive for students of all backgrounds.

Grades K-2

Workshop Four: Reflecting on Your Practice

Wendi Pillars shares the fourth step in telling your professional story: extending your reflections and perspective in ways that share your story's importance to you and to others.

Understanding Trauma’s Impact on Student Behavior

Dr. Jill Bryant and Adrienne Briones share classroom-tested strategies that support students impacted by personal trauma.

Elevating Culturally-Responsive Teaching

Michael Lindblad and Martha Almendarez Langland share strategies that engage and empower students' cultural backgrounds within their classroom learning.

Embedded SEL Instruction

Megan Olivia Hall shares how she creates SEL-enriched core content curriculum that encourages students' individual perseverance as well as their collaborative achievement.

Communicating Effectively Across Poverty Barriers

Lynda Coates shares concrete tools for building stronger relationships and communicating more effectively with students and families who live in poverty.

Workshop Three: Sharing Your Key Successes

Ernie Rambo shares the third step in telling your professional story: crafting the moments of feeling and detail that helps others understand your successes.

Tips for Engaging STEM Students in Effective Digital Research

Dyane Smokorowski shares NNSTOY's ten tips for scaffolding students’ search for high-quality external research and resources.

Navigating Power Dynamics

Celine Coggins shares how teachers can better recognize the ways in which power dynamics play out in education--and how best to navigate them.

Breaking Barriers for Students Who Live in Poverty

Dr. Donna M. Beegle shares five evidence-based practices that immediately improve outcomes for students living in poverty.

The Black Male Educator: Stories, Struggles and Successes

Josh Parker shares the stories, struggles, and potential pitfalls that shape the work of Black Male Educators.

School Budgeting De-Coded

Celine Coggins shares how teachers can better understand the perennial challenge of resources in education and navigate the tradeoffs central in the lives of decision-makers.

Furthering Social and Emotional Learning

Megan Olivia Hall shares structures and strategies for boosting students' social and emotional skills.

Workshop Two: Documenting Your Change

Jozette Martinez shares the second step in telling your professional story: documenting the personal and professional events that made your moment of change inevitable.

Assessing Standards: How to Find Evidence in Student Work

LDC practitioner Heather Sampselle joins Angela Schoon to share a method for analyzing student writing for evidence of alignment to standards.

NNSTOY Courses for Teachers: Adult Learning And Leadership

David Bosso hosts NNSTOY's Adult Learning and Leadership Course, sharing NNSTOY's take on the roles, opportunities, and challenges that occupy teacher leaders.

The Secret Language of Decision-Makers

Celine Coggins shares how teachers can learn to speak the secret language that policy-makers listen to.

Design Thinking for STEM Educators

Dyane Smokorowski shares the Design Thinking process that strengthens her students' social emotional learning, problem-solving, risk-taking, and innovation skills.

Workshop One: Naming Your Impact

Lauren Hill shares the first step in telling your professional story: identifying and presenting the moment that most transformed outcomes for you and your students.

Communicating Your “Why”!

Celine Coggins shares how teachers can tap into their classroom experiences, sharpen their personal narrative, and advocate for the changes their students need.

Shifting Math Classrooms to Develop Problem Solvers Rather Than Answer Getters

Mike Flynn shares how he shifts math classrooms to develop problem solvers rather than answer getters.

Encouraging students to work collaboratively to develop and synthesize their ideas.

Cathlyn Dossetti shares how she encourages students to work collaboratively to develop and synthesize their ideas.

Helping students “chunk” texts to synthesize information, paraphrase ideas, and better organize their thinking.

Vivett Dukes shares how she helps students “chunk” texts to synthesize information, paraphrase ideas, and better organize their thinking.

Integrating culturally responsive teaching through structured student-guided discussion

Anna Baldwin shares how she Integrates culturally responsive teaching through structured student-guided discussion.

Engaging learners across all content areas with STEM-related instructional practices.

Bethany Bernasconi shares how she engages learners across all content areas with STEM-related instructional practices.

Employing math-based concepts to reinforce grammar skills and help students analyze complex sentences.

Sophia Faridi shares how she employs math-based concepts to reinforce grammar skills and help students analyze complex sentences.

Partnering with parents to improve school climate and student outcomes.

Katy Smith, 2011 Minnesota State Teacher of the Year, shares how she partners with parents to improve school climate and student outcomes.

Building self-esteem and ensuring success through the creation of adapted art.

Brett Bigham, 2014 Oregon State Teacher of the Year, shares how he builds self-esteem and ensuring success through the creation of adapted art.

Using backward planning to create rubrics with students that better assess their learning needs.

Barry Saide shares how he uses backward planning to create rubrics with students that better assess their learning needs.

Engaging students in authentic, content-specific conversations using collaborative technology and formative assessments.

Shelly Stanton, Montana's 2016 State Teacher of the Year, shares how she engages students in authentic, content-specific conversations by using collaborative technology and formative assessments.

Using anticipation guides to activate students’ prior knowledge and build their reading confidence.

Lakisha Odlum shares how she uses anticipation guides to activate students’ prior knowledge and build their reading confidence.

Employing culturally-relevant pedagogy to reduce academic disparity and increase academic achievement.

Rhonda Threet shares how she employs culturally-relevant pedagogy to reduce academic disparity and increase academic achievement.

Encouraging students to use “accountable talk” in literature circles when analyzing novels and texts.

Amber Wilson shares how she encourages students to use “accountable talk” in literature circles when analyzing novels and texts.

Using Genius Hour to make school relevant, meaningful, and challenging for her students.

Rebecca Mieliwocki, 2012 California and National Teacher of the Year, shares how Genius Hour makes school relevant, meaningful, and challenging for her students.

Creating an environment that encourages inclusion students to feel welcome and confident in a general education classroom.

Jemelleh Coes, Georgia’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, shares how she creates an environment that encourages inclusion students to feel welcome and confident in a general education classroom.

Creating enduring and transferable learning by encouraging connections between students, content, and the real world.

Steve Elza, 2015 Illinois State Teacher of the Year, shares how he creates enduring and transferable learning by encouraging connections between students, content, and the real world.

Helping teachers share their experience by writing and distributing their own professional blogs

Lisa Hollenbach and Brooke Perry, National Blogging Collaborative co-founders, share how you can get started writing and distributing your own professional blog.

Empowering English Language Learners by differentiating instruction to meet their abilities and experiences.

Dorina Sackman-Ebuwa, 2014 Florida State Teacher of the Year, shares how she empowers English Language Learners.

Using tech tools to enhance instruction, assessment, and feedback.

Jane McMahon, 2014 Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year, shares how she uses digital tools to enhance instruction, assessment, and feedback.

Incorporating reflective learning in the classroom in ways that encourage disciplined thinking.

Leslie Nicholas, 2004 Pennsylvania State Teacher of the Year, shares how he incorporates reflective learning in his high-school classroom.

Increasing engagement by creating moments to hook student interest.

Beth Maloney, 2014 Arizona State Teacher of the Year, shares how she increases engagement by creating moments to hook student interest.

Using Twitter to encourage students’ interaction during the reading process.

Christopher Bronke, Co-Founder and Director of the National Blogging Collaborative, shares how he uses Twitter to encourage students' interaction during reading.

Inspiring students through self-directed humanitarian projects.

Michael Lindblad, 2015 Oregon State Teacher of the Year, shares how he inspires students through self-directed humanitarian projects.

Helping students to improve their understanding of texts through analytical reading.

Monica Washington, 2014 Texas State Teacher of the Year, shares how she builds vibrant learning experiences for all students by extending learning from the classroom into the world.

Encouraging students to bring their personal experience to their reading.

Joshua Parker, 2012 Maryland Teacher of the Year, shares how he encourages students to bring their personal experiences to their reading.

Inspiring students’ love of reading through engaging read-alouds.

Michael Dunlea, 2012 NJ State Teacher of the Year Finalist, shares how he inspires students’ love of reading through engaging read-alouds

Creating a classroom environment that develops students’ social- and emotional-learning skills.

Leigh VadenAkker, 2012 Utah State Teacher of the Year, shares how she creates a classroom environment that develops students' social- and emotional-learning skills.