Concourse C – Breakout Segment A
Presenter 1: Cindy Tackett
A Penny Saved
My problem of practice is that students have little to no knowledge of how to handle money. I know it’s a problem because through conversations with students, reading research articles, speaking with local bank branch managers, and pre-testing kids about banking and financial literacy, it is very evident that there is a great need for this type of financial education. One branch manager told me it was unbelievable how many adults can’t even balance a checkbook.
Presenter 2: Madison Stilner & Loren Patton
Phelps High School Student Senate Plan
Presenter 3: Jenkins Independent High School
Let’s Build A STRONGER Community
Presenter 4: Tomika Goble
Race to Read
Many students with disabilities exhibit problems with reading fluency, text comprehension skills, vocabulary learning, and abstract reasoning from text presentations (Scruggs & Mastropieri, 1993). According to the article “Emerging Reading and Writing Strategies Using Technology, “The number of Websites available for literacy instruction is increasing daily. The potential for teachers and parents to find and use electronic text-based materials for literacy instruction has evolved (Jeffs & Castelani, 1999)”. Struggling readers need more than just books. They need a structured reading programs that apply research-based principles to keep them on track and maximize results. These students need multiple ways of accessing the same information. Special Needs Students will use handheld technology devices with reading resources to improve individual reading skills while in a resource room setting. As a Special Needs Teacher, I believe my students would benefit from one-to-one availability of a technology device during their resource time to access the programs and apps that would improve their reading skills.
Presenter 5: Courtney Kingsmore
Engaging Students and Improving Performance on Formative Assessments
Our students often struggle with remaining engaged and applying test-taking strategies during the use of formative assessments. When students answer multiple choice questions on formative and summative assessments, they often do not take the time to apply test-taking strategies to determine the best answer or to deconstruct multiple choice or short response questions. Our students are in need of tools that can be used to keep them engaged during formative assessments, therefore helping them become more successful on daily assessments, as well as summative assessments such as STAR Reading, unit assessments, and K-PREP.
Presenter 6: Jackson City School ACT Team
Jackson City School serves 350 students in grades preschool-12. After data analysis we realized the need for consistent literacy strategies across grade levels and content areas. We will develop a cohesive plan of literacy instruction to be utilized by all teachers in order to increase student achievement.
Presenter 7: Walter Thompson
Planting the Seed to Fight Obesity
The purpose of this research project is to see if students created resources will have an impact on producing a more mentally and healthier person.