Upcoming Conferences & Workshops

From Panic to Practical: Remote Learning Done Right! with Meg Ormiston
August 10th, 2020 - October 3rd, 2020, 8:00am - 9:00am | Virtual

From Panic to Practical: Remote Learning Done Right! with Meg Ormiston


We are all on-board for better remote everything, so here is the professional learning series to move you from paralysis to awesome teaching and learning. Join Meg in the transformational journey taking you from panic to practical real tools, tips, and tricks to tackle remote learning with the least possible stress. The five asynchronous sessions (On-Demand) are self-paced and filled with opportunities for collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. Develop best practices to increase student engagement in a remote setting using a combination of digital tools and high leverage instructional strategies. Stop worrying about the things you cannot control and join the fun as we all navigate the new remote learning done right! 



Session 1

Who Owns the Learning?

Shifts From Compliance to Empowerment

In a teacher-focused classroom, the teacher owns the learning, planning, and assessment of everything compared to a NOW Classroom where the student directs his or her own learning. During this session, teachers will learn strategies and digital tools to empower students to own the learning, including:

  • Establish the use of digital tools to communicate, collaborate, create, and think critically.
  • Develop relationships with teachers and students by practicing the 4C’s of collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking through project-based learning.
  • Develop management strategies to organize independent and group projects.
  • Create and use choice boards with students that empower independent thinking and problem-solving.


Session 2
How Does Instruction Need to Change?

In NOW Classrooms, students self-group and collaborate with each other consulting the teacher as needed. This is in contrast to teacher direct instruction most of the time, while students passively consume information. To make the shift to students owning their learning some things you will learn in this session are:

  • Designing opportunities for students to collaborate in small groups using digital tools.
  • Organizing and managing student learning inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Motivating students to creatively showcase what they - have learned.
  • Monitoring learning with small and large groups using different technology resources.


Session 3
Why Modify Assignments?

In teacher-driven classrooms, students work individually on the same steps of a project moving through the process altogether in contrast to students owning the process and managing their learning in a NOW Classroom. Some strategies you will learn in this session include:

  • Rethinking projects objectives, and assessments to empower students.
  • Changing pedagogy from paper packets of student work and one-size-fits-all rubrics to collaborative projects that include student voice and choice.
  • Managing groups of students using technology tools to collaborate together and publish their projects to a broader audience.
  • Organizing individualized student learning plans and progress monitoring using digital tools.


Session 4
How Do Students Receive Feedback and Assessments?

In NOW Classrooms, students receive feedback from all different sources, including experts across the globe, the teacher, and peers. Learn how to design these feedback loops and technology tools that can help streamline the process of learning. In this session, we will explore:

  • Locating and managing digital tools to provide timely feedback and assessments.
  • Organizing, teaching, and managing peer feedback.
  • Maximizing artificial intelligence tools to provide immediate feedback to students.
  • Using formative assessments to modify instruction.


Session 5
How Can Technology be Used to Solve Real-World Problems?

In NOW Classrooms, students use technology to solve real- world problems, personalizing their learning, and connecting to outside experts instead of completing paper- pencil packets. Learn how to make this a reality by exploring:

  • Preparing our students for their technology-rich future using the tools we have today.
  • Exploring how technology can be used seamlessly at home and at school by establishing new workflows for teachers and students.
  • Exposing students to new career possibilities by connecting with outside experts.
  • Moving beyond skill practice with technology to creating using digital tools.



Download the brochure for further details on each session.





 For more than 25 years, Meg Ormiston has been involved in professional development that focuses on changing instructional practice in the classroom. Meg marries her passion for technology with a deep curriculum background and more than 12 years as a classroom teacher. Meg has served as a curriculum coach, school board member, keynote speaker, professional development specialist, and grant facilitation specialist. Meg has also authored five books, written numerous articles, collaborated on professional videos, and participated in many personal learning communities. Meg brings all of this to each professional development session, with a dynamic presentation style and a great sense of humor.


Ways to Register


On-Line: Use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card at www.illinoisascd.org

Call: 800-877-1478 or 309-438-2160, Mon. through Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.

Mail: Send completed form with check or copy of PO to: IL ASCD Meg Ormiston— Illinois State University, Conference Services, Campus Box 8610, Normal, IL 61790-8610.

Fax: Fax completed form to 309-438-5364 using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express or a copy of school P.O.


Conference Fees:

IL ASCD Member $225

1 Person Each $274* (includes IL ASCD Membership)

2 People Each $255** (2 or more attendees from the same school district/organization. Does not include membership)

3 People Each $245**

Full-Time Student/Retiree $109


Call for information on larger team discounts at (618)203-3993.


Registration deadline: September 29, 2020


A $15.00 fee will be charged for cancellations made in writing prior to the deadline. No refunds will be given after the deadline.  Confirmation will be sent via e-mail after your registration is processed.  Registrations can be transferred to another individual by faxing information to 309-438-5364 or by emailing  dscowde@ilstu.edu