Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Marisa Thompson and Brooke Tobia

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How can you ensure parent conferences are a positive learning experience for students? Student led conferences! Join Marisa Thompson and Brooke Tobia at their session at Fall CUE to learn the ins and outs of this very successful practice. 

With over 15 years of experience within education, Brooke Tobia has been a constant leader in innovative practices. Within her career, Brooke has served as a math consultant, middle school math teacher, math coach, and math lead. Her practice of working within all levels (intervention through advanced math) is supported through the relevant methods of project based learning, student digital portfolios, student led conferences and student-ran businesses.

Marisa Thompson (M.A. Teacher Education) has more than a decade of experience teaching various levels of English including AP, College Prep, Remedial, and Transitional for English Learners. She is a member of the district’s ELA vertical, OER, Digital Portfolios, and Modern Learning Spaces teams, a designated cooperating teacher for CSUSM and private universities, and a Professional Development instructor for the University of San Diego. Marisa has worked as a coach and advisor, and chaperoned educational trips to Europe, South America, and Asia.

What session are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

…And Student-Led Conferences for ALL!

What inspired you to put this session together?

Conferences should be a place for ALL students to shine. Rather than only meeting families for discussions about negative behavior or low performance, let’s make conferences a positive learning experience for ALL students in ALL grades.

Why should someone attend?

Student-Led Conferences offer students everything we hope to teach: autonomy, student voice and choice, authentic audiences, creativity, digital literacy, collaboration, reflection, goal-setting, complex problem-solving, critical thinking, a greater respect for education, and hope for their future. It is a true example of students owning their learning.

What’s your CUE Story?

Having presented at CTA’s Good Teaching Conferences and Deeper Learning, we wanted to bring this successful program to more teachers so students every can benefit from this shift to student-led, learner-centered experience.

To read more about this session and the other options for CUE’s incredible two-day conference, check out the schedule. Don’t forget to register for the conference, too! You DO NOT want to miss this year.

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Kristina Allison

Kristina Allison is currently teaching language arts and computer science at the middle school level. She holds a masters in educational technology, teaches as a Lead Learner for CUE and serves as a director on the CapCue board, the Sacramento area affiliate. Kristina is also a proud teacher consultant for the Area 3 Writing Project. Find her at http://figurativelyteaching.com

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