Monday, August 10, 2020 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
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2020 CLEF Networking Conference 

Be inspired as you join us for CLEF's annual Networking Conference. This year's theme is "Mission. Possible."


I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. --Phillippians 4:13

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Schedule of Events:










Cross-School Challenge


Session 1




Session 2





There is no charge to attend this year's conference, but you do have to register. 

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Event Details

Keynote Speaker: Monique Chatman

Monique Chatman is a Google Certified Coach in the Talladega County school district. She spent 11 years in the classroom teaching 1st, 4th, and 6th grade before becoming a technology integration specialist in 2015.  In 2017, she had the amazing opportunity to be part of the Dynamic Learning Project (formed by Google, EdTech, and Digital Promise), a coaching program that helps teachers use technology more effectively. She is a proud member of Our Voice Academy and looks forward to sharing her voice with educators all over the world. 

Monique is active in her community and takes her responsibility in empowering women seriously. She has spoken at numerous women conferences in her community and organized outreach events to help those that are less fortunate. She enjoys working in ministry with her husband of 10 years, Pastor Ted Chatman.

This fall she is embarking on a new business venture in which she will provide a safe, supportive, and structured learning environment for students participating in  online learning.

Breakout Session One -

During registration, you will select one of the following: 

1A: Curriculum, Race, and Culture: Conversations on What We Teach and How We Learn with Ken Shelton

Ken has worked extensively at the policy level and was named to the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction's Education Technology Task Force. Ken regularly gives keynotes, presentations, consults, and leads workshops covering a wide variety of topics including Educational Technology, Equity and Inclusion, Multimedia Literacy, Cultural Relevance, and Visual Storytelling. Join him for this session on having a deeper understanding of Race, Culture, and Curriculum. 

1B: The Remote Math Classroom: Making Technology Work When Teaching Math with Teresa Engler

Teresa Engler is a district technology coach, supporting teachers of students in Pre-K through 12th grade to implement meaningful technology in the classroom. In this session she will be joined by one of her math teachers to share tips and strategies that she uses to make math come alive with technology. Join this session to get ideas from someone who has been doing remote learning right along with you!

1C: Connection Before Content: 10 Ways to Connect with Your Learners in Remote/Blended Learning with Heather Dowd

Join international keynote speaker and presenter Heather Dowd as she shares the best practices she has learned after over twenty years in education, specifically in educational technology and remote learning. In this session, Heather will be sharing easy-to-implement strategies to use to build community and connection whether you are teaching in person, online, or both. 

1D: Supporting Diverse Learners in Remote Learning with Cheryl Saiki

Join CLEF's very own Special Education Coordinator, Cheryl Saiki, as she shares strategies for working with students with a diverse range of learning needs, especially when using technology in remote settings. If you are wondering how to ensure you meet the needs of all your students, regardless of how they learn, this is the session to attend. 

1E: Social Emotional Learning in the Remote Classroom with CLEF Coaches

Join CLEF coaches as they share strategies and ideas for implementing best practices in Social Emotional Learning whether you're in person or online (or both). Our coaches have been participating in a cohort with Mindful Practices to learn more tools for meeting the SEL needs of all our students, and they are ready to share what they have learned with you. 

Breakout Session Two -

During registration, you will select one of the following:

2A: Cultivating Empathy and Compassion in Remote Classrooms with Monica Isabel Martinez

Join Monica Isabel Martinez, keynote speaker, Google Innovator, and Teaching and Learning Consultant as she shares ideas for how to build empathy and compassion into online learning. Have you ever felt like it was difficult to get interaction, engagement, and personal connection in your remote learning classrooms? Then this is the session for you. This session is all about ideas for making the classroom community real. 

2B: An Introduction To Google Sites with Don Shanahan

Join Holy Family Technology Lead, Don Shanahan, as he shares how you can use Google Sites to organize your online learning. Don's sessions were some of the most highly viewed during our spring remote learning Innovative Teacher Institute for good reason. He will share how he has been able to establish consistency, organization, and collaboration at Holy Family using the Google Apps. Don't miss it!

2C: Dealing with the Fear and Anxiety that Comes with COVID with Nurse Pat Braun

This session, led by Nurse Pat Braun, will address the very real fear and anxiety that has arisen in these times. In this session, Nurse Pat will give ideas for how to recognize fear and anxiety, and what strategies can be used to address fear and anxiety when they appear. This session will give strategies for teachers and students alike. 

2D: Principal Chat: Planning for School Reopening with Sheri Meyer

Calling all principals! This session is for you. St. James principal Sheri Meyer will lead a discussion for the CLEF principals to brainstorm and share ideas about school reopening. Sheri has lots of ideas to share, but come with your own ideas and questions as well, and leave feeling uplifted from the time to problem solve with colleagues. 

2E: Supporting Our Early Learners with School Reopening

Our youngest learners are often the ones who struggle most with remote learning, tech, and the required flexibility that comes with our current school reopening plans. This session will be all about small ways that you can establish community, build routines, and support our youngest learners as they navigate their early school days during COVID times. 

2F: Problem Solving with Google Slides & Pear Deck with Dee Lanier

Join international speaker and presenter Dee Lanier as he shares strategies for using Google Slides and Pear Deck in your classroom. You'll be amazed at how many ways you can use Google Slides in remote learning, whether for classroom management, formal and informal assessment, and problem-based learning. If you've been wanting to level up your online tech skills, this is the session for you.