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PLTW Conference 2015

OCTOBER 28, 2015: PLTW Conference 2015

The Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Conference is a professional development conference designed to inform school administrators, teachers, counselors, industry leaders, and others about PLTW programs.
  • Build upon your STEM pipeline by educating yourself and others about PLTW
  • Connect with PLTW educators and STEM industry professionals
  • Support the success of your students by learning and sharing best practices
  • Strengthen your knowledge of PLTW with curriculum updates
  • Stretch your awareness by learning cutting-edge advancements in STEM fields

Building a Strong Backbone for STEM Education

Conference Registration

PLTW Conference 2015: Building a Strong Backbone for STEM Education
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
8:00am-3:45pm
(7:15am check-in)

Antlers Hilton (4 South Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903)

Course Registration

NENG 7000, Course Number #42938
Cost
$150 (0.5 CEUs)
Continental Breakfast and Lunch included

Registration Deadline
October 21st

Third-Party Sponsorship

If your school is paying for you to attend you need to submit the Letter of Authorization for Payment form:

8:00am-9:00am KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. James Yoo "3D Bioprinting and the Future"

Keynote Presentation: 3D Bioprinting and the Future (Room: Heritage C & D Ballroom)

3D bioprinting is a transformative technology that enables rapid construction of 3D cell and tissue structures with complex geometries. Dr. Yoo will discuss novel and versatile approaches to building functional tissue structures using 3D bioprinting.

Bio

James J. Yoo, MD, PhD
Professor
Associate Director and Chief Scientific Officer
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Dr. Yoo is a surgeon and researcher. He is currently a Professor, Associate Director and Chief Scientific Officer at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and is cross-appointed to the Departments of Physiology and Pharmacology and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Yoo's research efforts have been directed toward the clinical translation of tissue engineering technologies and cell-based therapies. Dr. Yoo's background in cell biology and medicine has facilitated the transfer of several cell-based technologies from the bench-top to the bedside. A few notable examples of successful clinical translation include the bladder, urethra, vagina, and muscle cell therapy for incontinence. Dr. Yoo has been a lead scientist in the bioprinting program at WFIRM, and has been instrumental in developing skin bioprinting and integrated organ printing systems for preclinical and clinical applications.
References
  • A 3D bioprinted complex structure for engineering the muscle-tendon unit
  • A hydrogel bioink toolkit for mimicking native tissue biochemical and mechanical properties in bioprinted tissue constructs
  • Bioprinted Amniotic Fluid-Derived Stem Cells Accelerate Healing of Large Skin Wounds
  • Biomask for skin regeneration

9:10am-9:55am Conference Session 1 (Presentations Available)

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Getting to know Dr. Yoo (Room: Heritage E)

  
Come to this session to meet the keynote speaker, Dr. Yoo. Participants will have a chance to ask questions to gain a better understanding of his background, research, and forecast for this field.
Bio:
Dr. James Yoo is a surgeon and researcher. He is currently a Professor, Associate Director and Chief Scientific Officer at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and is cross-appointed to the Departments of Physiology and Pharmacology and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Yoo's research efforts have been directed toward the clinical translation of tissue engineering technologies and cell-based therapies.

UCCS College Information (Room: Heritage F)

  
This session is designed to help you learn about the various STEM degrees and programs offered at UCCS within the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. You will also learn about some of the cutting edge research currently being done on campus. Meet the experts from the colleges who act as the catalysts for PLTW on the academic side.
Bio:
Dr. Robert Block is the Assistant Dean at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and directs the Engineering Education Degree program. Dr. Block received his Bachelor's degree from the Air Force Academy in operations research, his master's degree in operations research from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in business administration. Prior to joining the Dean's office at UCCS, Block was the dean of academics for the Air Force Academy Preparatory School, and he served as associate professor and research director in the Department of Mathematics at the Air Force Academy.
Bio:
Tom Wolkow and Lisa Hines are Associate Professors of Biology at UCCS and Affiliate Professors of PLTW. Dr. Wolkow studies the cellular pathways that do their best to protect your DNA from mutations, while Dr. Hines explores the genetic and environmental factors that can alter these pathways. They also combine their knowledge to design and integrate research experiences in high school and college science curricula.

STEM Pipeline Recruitment Techniques (Room: Summit I)

  
PLTW allows unique and stimulating ways to expose youth to STEM fields. Honing in on this excitement while students are young, and keeping their interest along the way, is key! Learn student recruitment techniques from a district that is moving and shaking to help inspire your educational community to create a STEM pathway from K-12.
Bio:
Audra Lane has served as a CTE Coordinator, Dean of Students, Academic Dean for the Sand Creek Innovation Zone, and presently holds the title of Pathway Director/Associate Principal at Sand Creek High School. Audra previously taught Business, Accounting, Law, Computer Science, Web Design, and ACE for six years at Sand Creek High School.
Bio:
Nikki Lester works as the Career and Technical Education Director for D49. Nikki joined D49 in 2003 and served as an Information Technology, Alternative Cooperative Education, and Business instructor at Falcon High School for 8 years.

Getting Started with PLTW (Room: Summit II)

  
This session will provide information to school personnel looking to implement one or more of the PLTW programs. PLTW offers five unique hands-on STEM programs that allows for vibrant K-12 STEM pipelines. From elementary Launch, through middle school Gateway, to three high school programs: Biomedical Science, Computer Science, and Engineering, learn strategies that will help your program begin strong and become sustainable.
Bio:
Robin Schott leads the West Central Engagement Team for Project Lead The Way. She and her team work to provide support for new and existing Project Lead The Way schools across a twelve state region.
Bio:
Gwen Shuster-Haynes has been the Colorado Director of School Engagement since July of 2012 and added North Dakota in spring of 2014. She enjoys helping schools craft STEM implementation plans that achieve the district and schools unique goals. Her best days are those spent in PLTW classrooms watching teachers and students in action.

10:05am-10:50am Conference Session 2 (Presentations Available)

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  • Counselor

BMS Tips, Tricks, & Curriculum Updates (Room: Heritage E)

 
PLTW's Biomedical Science is gaining much attention, not only across the nation, but within Colorado! More and more schools are becoming a part of the PLTW BMS program and are seeing success of their own. Coming to this session will allow you to learn from dynamos in this program as they share what has worked for them, how they made it work, and updates to the curriculum for the coming year.
Bio:
Kristie Levitt is a Colorado native who grew up in a family of educators.  She received her bachelors in biological sciences from the University of Northern Colorado and her masters in science curriculum and instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver.  She has several years of biomedical research experience where she focused on projects relating to pediatric cancer and Alzheimer's. Currently, she has the pleasure of teaching two PLTW courses, Medical Interventions and Human Body Systems, at Bear Creek High School!
Bio:
Monica Tupper has taught Biomedical Sciences for four years at Vista Ridge High School. She has taught Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, and Biomedical Innovations. VRHS' program is a PLTW and CTE approved program as of 2013-2014 school year.

Learning Management System (LMS) Rostering & Pulling Data (Room: Heritage F)

 
Move beyond Learning Management System (LMS) basics with this workshop which also examines why it is critical to roster your students early, and shows you how to do so. To make the LMS work, students need to be rostered. Discover how to involve IT so that rostering can be done quickly and students gain access to PLTW 24/7. Bring your laptop and your questions!
Bio:
Gwen Shuster-Haynes has been the Colorado Director of School Engagement since July of 2012 and added North Dakota in spring of 2014. She enjoys helping schools craft STEM implementation plans that achieve the district and schools unique goals. Her best days are those spent in PLTW classrooms watching teachers and students in action.
Bio:
Mike Cengia is a math and engineering teacher at Northglenn High School. Mike has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Ohio State University and worked for 2+ years at Lockheed Martin primarily as a thermal analyst on a NASA mission (MAVEN) before going into education. Mike is entering his 3rd year teaching Aerospace Engineering and his 2nd year teaching Engineering Design and Development.

CSE Tips, Tricks, & Curriculum Updates (Room: Summit I)

 
Computer science...decoded! Learn strategies to help you succeed in the classroom with implementation techniques and curriculum updates from two of the original pilot Master Teachers.
Bio:
Bill Petry is in his 30th year of teaching, having spent 17 years teaching in special education, and 13 years teaching gifted and talented students. Five years ago he transitioned into engineering, training at several Project Lead The Way Affiliate Universities, including UCCS. He teaches Digital Electronics and Computer Science at Rangeview High School in Aurora,CO. Bill serves as a Master Teacher in Computer Science and Software Engineering for Project Lead The Way.
Bio:
Andrew Woods is in his 9th year of teaching at Gateway High School in Aurora Colorado. Having started in the math department and transitioning in to the STEM department, Andrew now teaches 4 of the PLTW courses: IED, DE, CSE and AE.  Along with being a Master Teacher for PLTW on the Computer Software Engineering course,  he works with his school's after school Technology Student Association and the Thespian Society as a Technical Director.

Documentation of Student Work--Why it's Important (Room: Summit II)

  
It sounds simple - making certain PLTW students work is documented. Unfortunately not all programs do it well. Find out how it helps students. What elements make up great documentation. See examples of strong student work. Learn how great documentation sets your programs apart from other STEM programs and helps your students gain college credit, internships and jobs. Discover the answers to these questions as well as have your questions answered concerning student documentation.
Bio:
Robin Schott leads the West Central Engagement Team for Project Lead The Way. She and her team work to provide support for new and existing Project Lead The Way schools across a twelve state region.

11:00am-11:45am Conference Session 3 (Presentations Available)

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  • Administrator
  • Counselor

ENG Tips, Tricks, & Curriculum Updates (Room: Heritage E)

 
PLTW's Engineering program has grown to be successful across the nation through the years, impacting thousands of lives, thanks to teachers, counselors, administrators, and industry like yourself! Participating in this session will allow you to become exposed to some of the winning strategies that those in this program have experienced first-hand. Curriculum approaches and enhancers will be shared by veterans in the engineering program.
Bio:
Don Healer has been teaching for 24 years in Academy School District 20. He has taught Industrial Technology at Timberview MS for 15 years. Don then went to Discovery Canyon to help start and new K-12 school. He developed the GTT and PLTW Engineering program. Don has been at DCC for 9 years and in his 8th year teaching PLTW. He is certified in GTT, IED, POE, DE, CEA, and EDD.
Bio:
Tiffany Haley is an engineering teacher at Air Academy High School in Academy School District 20. She teaches the PLTW classes Intro to Engineering, Digital Electronics, Civil Engineering and Architecture, and Aerospace. She has been teaching for 15 years, beginning her career with Teach For America in Los Angeles. In her free time she pursues travel and NASA.

Learning Management System (LMS) Success (Room: Heritage F)

 
This session will cover how to utilize and navigate the Learning Management system (LMS) with PLTW Curriculum. This session is intended to provide you with additional support to successfully navigate the LMS to ultimately give you greater success managing your classroom.
Bio:
Mike Cengia is a math and engineering teacher at Northglenn High School. Mike has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Ohio State University and worked for 2+ years at Lockheed Martin primarily as a thermal analyst on a NASA mission (MAVEN) before going into education. Mike is entering his 3rd year teaching Aerospace Engineering and his 2nd year teaching Engineering Design and Development.

Introduction to Computer Science--Engaging Your Students in Programming! (Room: Summit I)

  
Come learn about PLTW's brand new ICS class! You will gain valuable insight into PLTW's new ICS class and how Jenkins Middle School in D11 is implementing it. Find out what you need to get your program up and running from the hardware, to the scheduling. Learn about marketing to students and families, the training teachers will need, and other helpful tips for starting your own ICS class!
Bio:
Josie Smith teaches technology at Jenkins Middle School in District 11. She focuses her classes on programming and teaching students to utilize new tech tools to enhance their academic careers.

Administrators 101 (Room: Summit II)

 
What can administrators do to craft, build and insure strong STEM programs in their schools and districts? This fast-paced workshop will cover many items including: Building a Certified PLTW Program, Creating a Community Partnership Team, Having your students receive college credit for their work, Understanding the College Board and PLTW partnership, and more.
Bio:
Robin Schott leads the West Central Engagement Team for Project Lead The Way. She and her team work to provide support for new and existing Project Lead The Way schools across a twelve state region.
Bio:
Gwen Shuster-Haynes has been the Colorado Director of School Engagement since July of 2012 and added North Dakota in spring of 2014. She enjoys helping schools craft STEM implementation plans that achieve the district and schools unique goals. Her best days are those spent in PLTW classrooms watching teachers and students in action.
Bio:
Carley Ries is Executive Director of Online & Academic Outreach at UCCS, and oversees the Project Lead The Way program as Affiliate Director for the university.

12:55pm-1:40pm Conference Session 4 (Presentations Available)

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  • Counselor

GTT ENG Tips, Tricks, & Curriculum Updates (Room: Heritage E)

 
Gateway keeps expanding throughout Colorado, which has allowed more and more pre-teens to learn about STEM in these fun and dynamic classes. Coming to this session will allow you to learn from some of the most experienced GTT teachers as they share tips, tricks, and curriculum updates to help you make the most of your experience teaching!
Bio:
Scott Apodaca-Eacker has been teaching for 22 years in a combination of Colorado Springs School District 11 and Academy School District 20. He has been teaching GTT at Galileo School of Math & Science in CSSD11 for the last 4 years. He has developed his classroom into a Personalized Learning / Next Generation Learning environment where students choose one of the eight strands of GTT he has been certified in and spend the semester solving a real world problem in the strand they choose. The eight strands of GTT he is certified for are DM, AR, EE, ME, FS, MD, GA and ICS.
Bio:
Jay Bonser currently teaches at Skyview Middle School in District 49. He has taught Science and Math in both High School and Middle School for 19 years. Three years ago he started teaching Tech Ed, Engineering, and Robotics. Specifically, he teaches PLTW Design & Modeling and Automation & Robotics.

Developing BMS Partnerships (Room: Heritage F)

  
Learn from educators who have had success building lasting partnerships with professionals in the biomedical sciences field. Their approach to making those first connections, ensuring it is a win-win for all parties, and gaining traction to implement long-term success for their students will be something you'll want to take note of!
Bio:
Lori Egan M.S.Ed., is a science teacher at Northglenn High School, teaching Anatomy and Physiology AP chemistry, and PLTW Human Body Systems teacher. She has been teaching for nine years. Prior to her teaching career she was the Dance Medicine Coordinator and Certified Athletic Trainer for the Colorado Ballet for 12 years.
Bio:
Veronica Randall is a CTE/science teacher at Prairie View High School, and started her teaching career in 2008. Currently, PVHS has all four courses, and Veronica instructs each one. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Biology with a Criminalistics emphasis. Prior to her teaching career, she worked in the finance sector.

Developing ENG Partnerships (Room: Summit I)

  
Tapping into the engineering industry can seem like a challenge at times. Have no fear! Come to this session to learn how two exceptional schools have make those connections and built lasting partnerships to help their students have opportunities that lead to success in the future.
Bio:
Bradley Hardin has been in the education profession for 22 years. He has worked in Career and Technical Education for 10 years, first as a teacher and now as an Assistant Principal working with Denver Public Schools. Bradley's passion is promoting STEM programs and education to girls and students of color.
Bio:
Sharee Blunt has been in an education for 20 years. She has been serving as the principal at Northglenn High School for the past three years. Kerry Glenn has been a teacher for the last 25 years and has taught PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design and PLTW Principles of Engineering at Northglenn High School. He has been serving as the STEM Coordinator at Northglenn HS STEM for the past four years.

Counselors 101 (Room: Summit II)

 
As a counselor of PLTW programs, you have an important role in the advisement of students on what classes to take--you're an essential piece to the success of your students and the STEM pipeline at your school and district! In this session, you'll learn more about the PLTW programs and what has worked for others as they help guide students onto the career paths they may want to take upon graduation.
Bio:
Robin Schott leads the West Central Engagement Team for Project Lead The Way. She and her team work to provide support for new and existing Project Lead The Way schools across a twelve state region.
Bio:
Traci Sanchez, Ed.S. is a Lead Counselor at Prairie View High School in School District 27J. She has been a school counselor for 13 years and has recently become one of Colorado's PWR/ICAP Facilitators. In this role she offers support to regional schools and districts on PWR initiatives inclusive of ICAP with the intention of facilitating a culture of having meaningful career conversations with all students.

1:50pm-2:35pm Conference Session 5 (Presentations Available)

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  • Counselor

Certification & Dual College Credit (Room: Heritage E)

  
Is it time for your high school to become certified or re-certified? Come learn about the certification process to ease your stress and promote success within your building, while also gaining a better understanding of dual college credit and how this benefits your students. Not a high school? No problem! This session will also help you learn ways that UCCS is looking to interact with and support GTT Middle Schools to building a stronger foundation at the intermediate grade levels. We are willing to visit GTT programs to assist with best practices, brainstorm solutions, etc.!
Bio:
Aubrey Johns is the UCCS PLTW Program Manager. She plays a key role in the certification process and will likely be on the visit to your high school when it is time to get certified.

Pathways to Industry (Room: Heritage F)

  
This session will cover the opportunities within PLTW to strengthen your school/district STEM pipeline, while discussing how it aligns with regional industry needs. You can expect to gain insight into the tools to enhance your school and district's ability to network with industry professionals and other like-minded individuals within STEM.
Bios:
This session will be facilitated by John Wilson, Vice President of Business Development with the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, and Dianne Kingsland, STEMsCO Executive Director. Lieutenant Colonel Scott Nelson is the recent Program Manager of the USAR Cyber Private Public Partnership Program.   He also currently commands the Army Reserve Element at US Special Operations Command.

GTT MD Tips, Tricks, & Curriculum Updates (Room: Summit I)

 
The tables have turned--now you get to investigate Medical Detectives! Ask questions, share ideas, and learn from each other in this veteran led session intended to give you the opportunity to improve your understanding of teaching this hands-on curriculum.
Bio:
Megan Rasmusen is starting her 18th year as an educator.  She has taught GTT for the last three years, and loves and believes in this curriculum.  She enjoys working with children and helping them reach for their dreams through their education.

Autodesk, Inventor, & Revit for the Novice User (Room: Summit II)

 
Are you new to Autodesk, Inventor, or Revit? Need a little help with a certain application or function? Or, has it just been a while since you've used these programs? If so, attend this session and learn from experienced users who have found great success in their classrooms!
Bio:
Jeff Neumeyer is a 19 year CTE teaching veteran, and has taught everything from welding, to computer repair, to Project Lead the Way courses. He currently teaches at Doherty High School in Colorado Springs, and is the chair for the Applied Technology Department. Jeff is certified in IED and POE, and is a Master Teacher in CEA.
Bio:
Adam Truex is in his 10th year teaching Project Lead the Way. He is currently teaching Introduction to Engineering Design at Doherty High School. Adam previously taught Project Lead the Way's Gateway program at Russell Middle School for 9 years. He is certified in IED and Gateway's DM, AR, EE, ST, ME, and GA.

2:45pm-3:30pm Conference Session 6

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  • Counselor

Launch Tips, Tricks, & Curriculum Updates (Room: Heritage E)

 
Launch is 'lifting off' across the state, with traction gaining as more are seeing its value to the STEM pipeline. Come to this session to share ideas and updates with others new to this program who are in your shoes, and leave feeling inspired and recharged!
Bio:
Jacque Phillips teaches in Pueblo City Schools, and has served as the STEM Tosa for Bessemer and Highland Park, the elementary STEM Magnet Schools in Pueblo since 2014. Jacque has been an elementary teacher for 31 years. She has also worked as a Math and Instructional Coach.
Bio:
Karlie Zabukovic has been a TOSA for STEM magnet schools in Pueblo, Colorado since June 2014. She is a Lead Launch teacher and is aiding in the implementation of PLTW and STEM curriculum for her district. She previously taught first grade for 15 years.

STEM Industry Panel (Room: Heritage F)

  
Coming to this session will allow you to learn from, and interact with, STEM professionals. You will be informed of what their current industry needs are, what they are looking for in your students, and how to make connections like these to enhance the PLTW experience for your learning community.
Bio:
Dave Jeffrey | President at JPM Prototype & Mfg., Inc.
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Michael Anderson, PhD | Applied Research & Technology Development at Spectranetics
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Scott Nelson, Lieutenant Colonel | United States Army Cyber P3i
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Marigny Klaber, MSc | Epidemiologist at El Paso County Public Health
Bio:
Robyn Espy, MPH | Epidemiologist at El Paso County Public Health

Hands-On with Anatomy in Clay ® Learning Systems (Room: Summit I)

  
A key element of PLTW's Biomedical Sciences curriculum; Anatomy In ® Clay Learning systems are passionate about helping students understand in a unique ways how the human body works. Come and meet the people behind the Maniken ® Models and get ready as you will get to experience how to BUILD a successful hands on Bio-Med classroom filled with Problem Based Learning and totally engaged students!
Bio:
Kelly Canino

The Innovation Portal-Connecting the Original Design Work of Students to Opportunities for Recognition (Room: Summit II)

 
With its roots coming from the PLTW capstone courses, the Innovation Portal enables students, teachers, and mentors, to build and collaborate on problem-solving projects and connect those works with opportunities offered by universities, businesses and industry. The Portal is a secure online site that is available to all K-16 students and teachers at no charge. Once students upload information, they can then invite others to view and comment on their work. The site includes a portfolio template, scored examples, and a research-based rubric, all organized around the design process itself rather than lessons specific to a given course or curricula. This opens the scope of participation to anyone and any project topic.
Bio:
Mark Schroll serves as the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships for Project Lead The Way. He was recruited from the Kern Family Foundation in 2010 to continue his work to design and develop the Innovation Portal and create connections and opportunities for PLTW students. From 1989 to 2007 Schroll taught technology courses at the Science Academy of South Texas and served as a PLTW Master Teacher for "Digital Electronics" and "Engineering Design and Development" from 2000 to 2007.