Eastern Washington Education Conference Presenters

Bonnie Albertson
Bonnie Albertson;  Nicole Blake
Janet BalesSessions have been cancelled
  • Fast Math: Math Fluency AND Fraction Nation: Building Fraction Fluency
  • Scholastic Math Inventory (SMI) Formative Assessment
  • Math 180-Middle School Math Intervention
Kristina Beach          Sally Mack
  • How to use G.L.A.D. strategies in PreK-12 classroom while meeting TPEP goals and CCSS for all learners
Michael Bell
  • Data With Intention – Using Math-Whizz Reports
Dr. Gregory Benner
  • Practical Social Emotional Learning Strategies for the Classroom: Making it Happen
  • Social Emotional Learning for Students With Behavioral Disorders: Making it Happen in the Classroom
  • The Whole Child Initiative: A Sustainable, City-Wide System of Support for Tacoma Youth
Sarah Berglund
  • Tips and Tricks in the Orchestra Classroom
Randy Bjur
  • 266 Dog Years: Don’t Just Survive, Thrive
  • Handout
Deborah Burke
  • STEM Integration Projects
  • Handout
Dr. Karen Burke
  • READ 180 and System 44 End-of-Year Gains Analysis  (For Richland SD READ 180 and System 44 Teachers and Administrators Only)
  • Writing, Writing, Writing! Engaging all Students Everyday! – Middle School – Part I & II
Mandy Cathey; Nita Kamphuis; Sharon Bradley
  • All Special Education Staff Training
Jane Chadsey
Dr. Yichien Cooper
  • Integrating Chinese Arts and Culture into Curriculum
Melanie Cushing        Joely Nye-Felt             Amy Strege
  • Growing Poverty in Richland: Strategies to Engage Families
Claire Dann, Stephanie Button, Dale Jansons
  • The REACH Museum: Your Partner in Education
  • Handout
Patti Davenport
  • All About that Bass: A Critical Foundation for Innovative Instruction
  • Dare to break the mold: Maximizing student engagement and motivation
Wendy DeWeirdt
  • Dreambox Learning Math
Emily Diehl
  • Ignite Learning with a Growth Mindset – Grades 4-5
  • Ignite Learning with a Growth Mindset – Grades K-3
  • Ignite Learning with a Growth Mindset – Grades 6+
Rick Donahoe; Erin Tomlinson; Lauren Schoenwald
  • Improving Early Childhood Literacy and Kindergarten Readiness through Parent Education
  • Handout
Dierdre Ducharme     Dr. Cristi Alberino
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment System: Connecting the ELA Claims to Classroom Instruction for Grades K-5
  • Handout
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment System: Connecting the ELA Claims to Classroom Instruction for Grades 6-HS
  • Handout
FunPEGuy – Dennis Stands
  • Building Teamwork & Skills in Physical Education– Part I
  • Handout
  • Building Teamwork & Skills in Physical Education– Part II
  • Handout
  • Building Teamwork & Skills in Physical Education– Part III
  • Handout
Kerry Gavett
  • El camino al éxito – A Spanish Kindergarten Early Reading Intervention
  • Handout
Pete Hall
Dr. Yun-Ju Hsiao        Dr. Yichien Cooper
  • Inclusive Instruction Practices: Past, Present, and Future
Anton Jackson      Jennifer Judkins      Julie Wagner
  • Teaching and Assessing the WA State K–12 Learning Standards for Mathematics in 2015–16
  • Handout
Chris Johnson
Greg Kelly
  • PowerTeacher for Experienced Users
  • Handout
  • Algebra without homework? – Reaching Every Student
  • Handout
Dr. Kate Kinsella
Mike Klinger
  • Getting Better Recordings of Your Bands/Choirs
  • Teaching Music In A Connected World
  • iPads In The Music Classroom
Cindy Knisely            Beth Simpson
  • The ELA Smarter Balanced Assessment: What We’re Learning – Part I
  • Handout
  • The ELA Smarter Balanced Assessment: What We’re Learning – Part II
  • Handout
  • Getting to Know the ELA Performance Task
  • Handout
Barb Lark
Karen Lipp                      Tina Wutzke            Kendra Leggett              Andrea Patterson
  • Developing the Building Blocks of Number Sense in Kindergarten
  • Handout
  • Creating a STEAM program in your school
  • Integrating STEAM to increase student engagement
Melissa McBurney    Brian Sites
  • Utilizing EdReady for College Math Readiness
Amy McLaughlin    Linda Stairet                 Jill Loftus
  • AVID – Note Taking K-5
Amy McLaughlin    Linda Stairet Jill Loftus Kristina Tucker
  • Close Reading – it is more than just rereading the text! AVID – Reading Inside and Outside of the Text
Brenda Marler             Ellen Eddy
  • Using Homeroom Data to Close the Gap
Ryan Murtfeldt   Jennifer Szolnoki
  • How to Avoid Burnout and Love Teaching Again
Deb Newberry
  • Hands-On Activities to Infuse Nanotechnology Content into Traditional Science Classes – Part I & Part II
  • Handout
Pete Perez; Jerad Farley; Justin Johnson
  • Nobody Gets to Opt Out. Nobody Gets to Fail.
Mason Rivers
  • Richland School District Psychologists work group session – Pattern of Strengths and Weaknesses evaluation and eligibility criteria
Dr. Christopher Roberts
  • Singing Games for Upper Elementary Students
  • Handout
  • Rockin’ Music Literacy Segments
  • Handout
  • Yes! You Can Help Your Students Sing in Tune!
  • Handout
Kesha Shorts       Tascina Penor
  • ELL/CLD Separating Difference from Disability
  • Handout
Randall Spaur
  • Make Google Work for You
Linda Stairet                Jill Loftus                 Randy Fairfield
  • AVID Strategies + Instructional Technology = Rigorous Learning
Jeff Utecht
  • Keynote Session – Preparing for Doc and Marty
  • Moving From Sorting to Searching
  • Google Apps in the Classroom
  • Students as Creators and Contributors
Dr. Tricia Valdez-Zontek; Dr. Teddi Beam-Conroy
  • Understanding and putting the WA English Language Proficiency Standards into action in schools
  • Culturally and Linguistically Responsiveness is for Everyone!
Karen Weakley
  • High Standards in Early Learning Programs: Is DAP Dead and Gone?
Laura Wesley           Keith Mataya                Steve Perez                Donnetta Elsasser
  • Did You See That? Looking Closely at Sources of History
  • Civic Action Project (CAP)-Connecting Your Government Class and the Real World
Jack Williams
  • Teaching with Love and Logic In Mind
Allison Winston
  • Hapara Powers Connected Learning for Teachers and Students using Google Apps for Education
Angie Withers               Trish Hilt
  • Identifying and Addressing Anxiety in the School Setting
  • Handout
Nancy Wittman
  • Communication Training Options for the Non-Verbal Student – A Look at the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
Amy Yardley
  • Communicating Within a Culture of Poverty:  Improving Outcomes for Everyone  Part I & II
  • Handout

Educational Links

Other State Associations

Association of Washington School Principals

Washington State Learning First Alliance -see additional information below*

Education Northwest

Partnership for Learning

Washington Association of School Administrators

Washington Education Association

Washington Education Research Association

Washington State Parent Teachers Association

Washington State School Directors' Association

Useful Educational Links

ASCD Whole Child website

Kristin Souers
Fostering Resilient Learners

Pete Hall

U.S. Census Bureau

Education Northwest

Site listing of available teaching positions

National Center for Education Statistics

On-line support and resources for educators in smaller, rural schools.

The Center for Learning Connections serves community and technical college administration in Washington State. The Appreciative Inquiry page on its Web site examines an approach to organizational change based on strengths rather than weaknesses, on a vision of what is possible rather than an analysis of what is not.

Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession

Washington State Learning First Alliance | Mental Health Resources

Washington State ASCD is in partnership with the Learning First Alliance an association dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools. Together with the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), Washington State Board of Education, Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA), Washington Association of School Administrators, Washington Education Association (WEA), Office of Superintendent and Public Instruction (OSPI), Washington State Parent Teacher Association (WSPTA); we share examples of success, encourage collaboration, and work toward the continual and long-term improvement of public education based on solid research.

The purpose of the Washington State Learning First Alliance (WSLFA) organization is to:

  • ensure that high academic expectations are held for all Washington students;
  • ensure a safe and supportive place of learning for all Washington students; and
  • ensure that adequate resources and funding are provided to achieve these goals.


The most recent focus of the WSLFA is to ensure that schools, educators, and the families/students we serve are aware of the OSPI mental health resources available and to share them within the membership of the collective organizations.

Washington State ASCD believes in the five tenets of the Whole Child (WC) approach, which ensures each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.  We understand that the support of physiological needs - a child’s safety, mental health and well-being – along with each of the WC tenets is fundamental for a positive learning environment and long-term student success.

To support educators, families, and children we want to highlight the behavioral resource guide from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Link: https://www.k12.wa.us/student-success/health-safety