Full Schedule with Descriptions

Day 1 Wednesday, April 16, 2014

All events will be held at Reading Memorial High School unless otherwise noted.

7:00 a.m. Registration (Main Entrance)

7:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast (Cafeteria)

Breakfast sponsored by O’Connor Studios.

8:00 a.m. Opening Session (Fine and Performing Arts Center)

Your Master and Mistress of Ceremonies are
Performance
Reading Public Schools All- District Elementary Chorus
under the direction of Brittany Bauman, Alison McClellan, and
Melissa Steiger, Elementary Music Teachers

Welcome

Bart Teal, President/CEO - Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence


8:45 a.m.–11:15 a.m. Option 1 - School Site Visits
Select one of these outstanding Reading Public Schools to visit. Buses will depart at approximately 8:45 a.m. Bus loading will be at the main entrance of Reading Memorial High School. Buses will return from schools at 11:15 a.m. for lunch at the Reading Memorial High School Field House.

Elementary Schools
Alice M. Barrows Elementary School
Welcome to the A.M. Barrows Elementary School, home of the Shining Stars! With its dedicated faculty and staff, Barrows prides itself on meeting the needs of its 400 K-5 students through co-teaching, differentiated instruction, inquiry-based learning, and hands-on problem solving in an extraordinary inclusion model. To maintain an effective learning environment in the ever-changing world of education, Barrows' teachers actively participate in and lead professional development opportunities across the curriculum and employ a variety of teaching practices that include block-schedule reading, flexible grouping, Daily 5 and the CAFÉ reading instruction model and specialty teaching. Curriculum and technology meld in a cutting-edge display of 21st Century Skills - where Common Core teaching meet ipads, SMARTBoards, digital cameras, MP3 players, classroom Wikis and Blogs. Learning extends beyond the curriculum with Open Circle practices, a recycling initiative, and a monthly community outreach program. Our inspiring service-oriented Student Council affords children in grades three, four and five the opportunity to become leaders within the school. Collaboration with an active Parent Teacher Organization and the extended Reading community yields exceptional enrichment opportunities for the students, including an outstanding A.P.P.L.E. extracurricular program, extended-day programs, elementary chorus, and Read Across America celebration. With the highest expectations for all learners, this national Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School proudly serves as a lifelong learning environment for students and staff as well as for aspiring educators from leading New England colleges and universities.

Joshua Eaton Elementary School
Welcome to Joshua Eaton the home of the Jaguars! Our Jaguars ROAR (Respectful, Outstanding, Achieving,Responsible) with pride when we are in school. Our Kindergarten – grade 5 students fill their days with unique learning opportunities. With 450 students and a faculty and staff of over 60 members, this school prides itself in continuously identifying new ways to meet the needs of all students. Our grade 1 and 2 students take part in a 45 minute uninterrupted reading block. This allows students to have direct reading instruction at their reading level given by classroom teachers, special education teacher, our reading specialist, and educational tutors. This year students in grades 3, 4 and 5 are taking part in a specialty teaching model of instruction. Students travel to grade level teachers for instruction in math, English language arts, and science and social studies. This allows teachers to focus on one curriculum area to ensure depth and mastery of Common Core State Standards. We are fortunate to have specialized instruction to meet the needs of students that have language learning difficulties. Students throughout the town of Reading that meet profile of the program are part of our school. They receive small group instruction and are also integrated into the general education classroom for content area. This program now services students in grades 2-5. Teachers at all grade levels integrate technology into their everyday routines. Students use SMARTBoards, the COW (computers on wheels), iPods and MP3 players. Our PTO has an active role in providing enrichment for our students. The PTO funds fieldtrips (in house and off site), author visits, and school wide assemblies. They also organize our after school JEEP (Joshua Eaton Enrichment Program) program to provide students with activities to keep learning and creativity part of their development. All of these wonderful learning opportunities along with dedicated staff make Joshua Eaton a great place to be every day!

Middle School
Walter S. Parker Middle School
Walter S. Parker Middle School is a New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) Spotlight School, a Turning Points 2000 School and a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, serving 590 students in grades 6-8, located in Reading, Massachusetts.
The Parker Middle School community strives to maintain a school culture that balances a rigorous and engaging learning community with a child-centered environment that honors the individual talents and challenges of every child. Students are members of grade level teams where they are taught Math, Science, English Language Arts and Social Studies in a six-day rotating schedule. In addition to the core subjects listed above, students participate in the fine and performing arts, wellness classes and enrichment electives.
In the middle school years, students face some of the most dramatic physical, social and emotional growth of their lives. Thus, it is a priority of this school, in partnership with parents, to teach critical skills and provide the adult guidance that will help students grow to lead confident, responsible and productive lives.
Our commitment to creating learning opportunities extends to teachers. As a staff, we aim to create a collaborative environment that fosters educator growth. Teacher leaders at Parker are trained PLC coaches who lead and facilitate teacher groups that examine student work, research best practices in education, and resolve dilemmas using protocols. Our unique teacher-led professional development model is a testament to our commitment to life-long learning.
High School
Reading Memorial High School
Reading Memorial High School prepares students to develop essential skills and abilities for the 21st century. With an enrollment of 1260 students in grades 9-12, a faculty of over 100 professionals, and state of the art facilities and technological resources, students enjoy learning in student centered environments, featuring such initiatives as project based learning, advisories, online learning opportunities, senior projects, a Bring Your Own Device Pilot, and much more. Student learning is advanced in inclusive classroom environments through co-teaching, differentiated course content, and personalized support structures including Freshman Advisory, Upper Connections, and a Math Resource Center. Beyond the classroom, rich co-curricular options abound, including prolific performance groups, sports teams, and dedicated community servants, enabling all students to pursue talents and passions. RMHS is proud to showcase a rich learning community.

8:45-11:15 a.m. Option 2 – Workshop Sessions
11:15 a.m. Buses Return to Reading Memorial High School
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Lunch (Field House)
Music provided by Coolidge Middle School Chimes under the direction of Cheryl Webster, Teacher, Coolidge Middle School

12:30 p.m. General Session: (Fine and Performing Arts Center)

Emcees




Keynote Speaker
Dan Meyet


1:30-3:00 p.m. Concurrent Workshops (various classrooms)
For online version of workshop sessions, go to http://theblueprintforeducationale2012.sched.org/



Day 2 Friday, April 13, 2012


7:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast (Cafeteria)

8:00 a.m. General Session (Fine and Performing Arts Center)

Your Master and Mistress of Ceremonies for this Institute are
RMHS students

Performance
Reading Memorial High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction
of David Bunten, RMHS Teacher, Assisted by Joe Mulligan, Teacher,
Coolidge Middle School


Keynote Presentation
Travis Allen

9:45-10:00 a.m. Break

10:00-11:00 a.m. Concurrent Workshop Session A (Various Classrooms)

11:00-11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Concurrent Workshop Session B (Various Classrooms)

12:15-1:30 p.m. Lunch (Field House)

Music Entertainment provided by the High School Jazz Ensemble
under the direction of David Bunten, RMHS Teacher, Assisted by
Joe Mulligan, Teacher, Coolidge Middle School


The box lunch includes the following:
Bottle of Water
AND
One of the following sandwiches...
Turkey Salad on Bulkie Roll
Veggie Wrap
Gluten-Free boxed lunch (must be pre-ordered)
Dessert
Fresh piece of fruit
Bag of chips
Blue Bunny Ice Cream

1:30-2:30 p.m. Concurrent Workshop Session C (Various Classrooms)

2:30-3:00 p.m. Closing Session (Fine and Performing Arts Center)

Closing Comments

Raffle Prizes (Must be present to win)