SSTESOL Conference 2016



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West Palm Beach Marriott
1001 Okeechobee Boulevard West Palm Beach FL 33401

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Featured Speakers & Keynotes

Engaging Generation C with the Adjacent Possible

Who is Generation C? How best do they learn? What strategies can we employ to help them outwit, outplay, and outlast the competition? Come join Dr. James May as he opens a few doors to the adjacent possibilities within your classroom. Bring your own device and be ready to try out some easy-to-use, gamified collaboration tools designed to help you learn more about 21st century teaching strategies that engage, inform, and inspire.


Thursday Keynote

Thursday 11:00am – 12:15pm

Dr. James S. May

Friday Keynote

Friday 9:30am – 10:45pm

Dr. Paul Gavoni and Dr. Scott Neil

What it takes to build a Champion

What is the relationship between developing fighters and developing students, teachers, leaders and schools? Find out how the development of Champion Mixed Martial Artists correlates with principles required for developing a learning environment where all students can be successful. Concepts such as effective goal setting, real deliberate practice for building fluency (responding quickly and accurately without thinking), and shaping performance will be used to help the audience understand the art and science of fostering self-efficacy and grit to help every person in a school district outwit, outlast, and outplay to reach success.

Champion schools know where they are, where they are going, and the precise behaviors that will allow them to reach their goals. The presenters will reveal the game plan used to build champions in schools where success was not the norm. Success in these schools was not based on a summative result, but rather a collection of formative streams of data that link evidence to effort and successful achievement of goals. The presenters will demonstrate how schools can apply scientific concepts of Organizational Behavior Management and Social Learning Theory through the utilization of various data sources to build the self and collective efficacy (Growth Mindset) of teachers and students in pursuit of higher goals and greater expectations. Specific strategies on how to purposely plan to build the beliefs of an entire school through the social interactions of its stakeholders will be shared.


“Ignite Student Learning with a Growth Mindset”

Why is it that some students work doggedly at a difficult task while others crumble and give up at the fist sign of struggle? Student motivation and resilience is a result of a combination of effective learning strategies and a growth mindset, the belief that mastery can be achieved through effort. Research shows that our implicit beliefs about intelligence determine educational outcomes. Learn how to help students and teachers change their mindsets to develop self-efficacy and resilience through the growth mindset – a fundamental idea that underlies all motivation, achievement, and success in school and in life.





Friday 4:15pm – 5:30pm

Mrs. Janna Peskett



Saturday 9:00am – 10:15am

Dr. Luciana C. de Oliveira


Academic language in WIDA, the Florida Standards and beyond

This keynote addresses the concept of academic language in the WIDA Standards and the Florida Standards to identify commonalities and differences in how different standards conceptualize “academic language”. Participants learn strategies to focus on academic language at word/phrase, sentence, and discourse levels


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