Upcoming Conferences & Workshops

Kickstarting Classroom Learning for the "New Normal Classroom" with Dr. Terry Mootz
August 11th, 2020, 9:00am - 11:00am | Virtual

Kickstarting Classroom Learning for the "New Normal Classroom" 2020-21 with Dr. Terry Mootz


What are some strategies you, the classroom teacher, can use to address the high levels of stress and socialemotional concerns at the start of the year? Students, like teachers, are social beings. The greatest predictor
of learning success when students enter a school is whether they make a friend in the first month. Building
relationships during the first few weeks back will actually be more important than teaching and learning this year. Teachers will share and discuss strategies to support the development of social-emotional learning strategies (SEL) that lead to empathetic classroom relationships.


Day 1 (9:00 - 11:00 a.m.) SEL for the Teacher

  • Adult SEL - Preparing to Impact Your Students
  • Developing "My Voice"
  • School Leadership Team SEL Audit
  • Dealing with Compassion Fatigue
  • Emotional Check-in Tool - Checking ourselves


Day 2 (9:00 - 11:00 a.m.) Max Your Classroom

  • Learning Climate -Accelerating Learning
  • Fostering Relationships in the Classroom
  • Engaging Kids with 7 times the Effect
  • Igniting Student Engagement
  • Engagement Do's and Don'ts
  • Lesson Plan Considerations
  • Engaging Students - Self-Assessment Rubric




Dr.Terry Mootz's work has focused on accelerating and maximizing student learning, growing leadership and instructional capacities, and the practices that impact school and student learning improvement. Terry, first and foremost, believes that an organization has the ability to positively impact students' academic and social-emotional achievement, he understands the power of collaboration, and realizes the importance of systems alignment in order for an organization to achieve it's mission. He has recently contributed to three publications on leadership, teaching and learning, and systemic continuous improvement. Dr. Mootz's professional journey has encompassed small rural and large urban districts with the diversity of staff and students these environments present. Terry has facilitated the Chicago Area Directors of Curriculum and Assessment (CADCA) network of professional administrators. He has served on national advisory panels for PARCC and state panels for ISBE. He has taught Educational Policy and school reform courses to aspiring Superintendents through Aurora University's doctoral program. Dr. Mootz seeks to influence practice at all levels of the public education system to exceed student learning expectations through strengthening collective efficacy.