2019 AIMS Summer Splash Featured PresentersAIMS Network2019-06-07T15:46:16-04:00
Digital Citizenship – Not Just another Thing
Allan Davenport is the Director of Innovation & Instructional Leadership for Indian Prairie School District #204. He leads staff development on innovative teaching practices for principals and teachers, oversees instructional technology for the district, and is the director of all 31 school libraries. Previously, he served as Principal of Hill Middle School and Crone Middle School. Follow Allan on Twitter @allandavenport.
Academic Excellence through Social Equity: Reducing the Achievement Gap by Lowering Barriers and Providing Supports for All
Steve Diveley is principal of Hadley Junior High, which was recently designated an Illinois Horizon School to Watch. He has been a middle school principal for 14 years. His current focus is on equity and how it opens doors for students. Follow Steve on Twitter! @SteveDiveley
Change Your Students' Mindset through the use of Student Portfolios and Student-Led Conferences
Tracy Fuentes is a Bilingual 6th-8th grade teacher at Miguel Juarez Middle School. Elvia Uriostegui is a 6th and 7th grade mathematics teacher at Daniel Webster Middle School. Both believe in encouraging students to believe in themselves through the use of growth mindset strategies, student portfolios, and student-led conferences.
We “Work” Out – Workshop in the Math Classroom
Tami Geurts is a 26-year veteran teacher and current AIMS Board Member with a passion for middle school philosophy. Jennifer Love has been teaching for 10 years. She has a passion for continued professional development. Both teach at Olympia Middle School. Follow them on Twitter @tami_geurts and @olymath.
Empowering Students through Writing
Katelynn Giordano teaches 6th grade language arts. She is passionate about helping students find their voice through writing, and developing a love for literacy in adolescents. Giordano is a blogger at curriculumcoffee.com and loves giving students an active voice in the ELA classroom. Connect with Katelynn on Twitter @Mrs_Giordano and Instagram @curriculumcoffee.
Building SEL in the Makerspace
Jennifer Smith teaches 8th grade science at Monticello Middle School. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and the 2019 AACT Middle School Chemistry Teacher of the Year. Smith is also the MMS STEM coordinator in charge of the school’s makerspace.
Learning Quests & Easter Eggs: Bringing Gamification to Your Classroom
Jessica is a sixth grade English Language Arts teacher at Kaneland Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove. She just finished her fifth year of teaching. Weibler holds a degree in Middle Level Education from Illinois State University and a Masters in Literacy Education from Northern Illinois University. Connect with her on Twitter! @missweibler
Design to Make a Difference: Building Student Agency and Community While Improving Daily Life at School
Frequent collaborators and teachers at Highland Middle School in Libertyville, the three presenters are part of a group of five educators who were inspired by the work of the Awesome Foundation. Erin Wyatt is a teacher-librarian, Tara Oshinski is a 7th grade science teacher and Linda Mitchell is a 7th grade ELA teacher for both regular and accelerated learners.