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The Voces Summer CI Conference 2021
Prep, Plan, and Carry On

The Voces Summer CI Conference 2021 is a five-day virtual experience with session topics ranging from platform training to Comprehensible Input-based strategies to lesson planning for the '21-'22 school year.*

The Voces Summer CI Conference will be held on Zoom from July 26 through July 30, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET on Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ET on Friday.

$50 to Register
Free to All Voces Subscribers
(Subscribers: Email [email protected] if you need the code.)
*This conference aims to support those teachers using the Voces "Our Story" Comprehensible Input-based curriculum series. Even if you use a different Voces curriculum series, you are still welcome to attend! The first day of the conference, focusing on the Voces platform, will be the most relevant to all Voces subscribers, no matter what curriculum series they're using.

Schedule
(*All times are Eastern Time)

Monday, July 26, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Overview: Meet the Voces Team and learn all about the Voces platform and tools.
10:00 AM Welcome to the Summer CI Conference!
Erin Almeranti, Kris Warshefski, and Others
Meet the team, learn about the many updates we made this summer, and get a sneak peek into what’s in store for you this week!
11:00 AM Getting Started with Voces
David Wilson
This session will cover everything you need to know to get started using Voces in your class, and introduce you to some of the tools explored in our other discussions. We will also explore the differences between a teacher's account and a student's account.
12:00 PM Lunch Break and Special Event
1:00 PM All About Assigning and Grading
Kelsey Lewandowski
In this session, you'll learn everything there is to know about assigning work to your students and grading that work. A live demonstration will include how to assign work to full classes or specific students, how to use the assignment parameters to make your assignments more or less formal, and other key features in the Assignment Portal. You’ll also learn where to go to grade student work, and once there, how to adjust auto-graded activities, manage teacher-graded assignments, give feedback, and generate grade reports.
2:20 PM All About Editing
Erin Almeranti
Learn about the Voces editor, including the Quick Edit tool, and find out how to build your own activities and content anywhere in Voces. You will also learn how to share content and collaborate with colleagues and other Voces users.
3:30 PM Open Q&A
The Voces Team
Before leaving, join the Voces Team for open Q&A and breakout rooms where you can learn more about Voces games, specific Voces titles, syncing Voces with your LMS, and more!

Tuesday, July 27, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday is when the CI training and specific focus on the “Our Story” curriculum series begins!
Overview: A 2-hour morning introduction session, with discussions about comprehensible input and demonstrations of CI techniques and strategies.
Introduction to Teaching with Comprehensible Input
Gary DiBianca
Demonstration of CI
Eric Richards
Fostering Classroom Culture in a CI Classroom
Bryan Kandel
12:00 PM Lunch Break and Special Event
Overview: A 3-hour afternoon session, with presentations on introducing vocabulary, establishing meaning, and engaging and learning about students while you do it!
All About TPR
Laurie Clarcq
All About PQAs and “Our Class, Our Story” Interviews
Allynn Lodge and Darah Harper

Wednesday, July 28, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Overview: A 2-hour morning session, with discussion on asking questions and circling, a demonstration of the skills we’ve covered thus far, and a reflection.
Asking Questions Using a Story Script
Gary DiBianca
Demonstration of CI
Eric Richards
Reflection
Gary DiBianca and Eric Richards
12:00 PM Lunch and Special Event
Overview: A 3-hour afternoon session, focusing first on reading and then breaking out into smaller workshops where we will synthesize the steps/lessons from today and yesterday.
Reading and Best Strategies for Using Stories
Bryan Kandel
Now All Together
Workshops! All Trainers

Thursday, July 29, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Overview: A 2-hour morning session, with presentations on culture and assessments.
“Our Story” Curriculum as a Springboard to Culture!
Linda Temby
All About Assessments
Bryan Kandel
12:00 PM Lunch and Special Event
Overview: A 3-hour afternoon session, where we’ll discuss the foundations of a CI classroom, then unpack elements from the “Our Story” curriculum, and discuss pacing. Lastly, we’ll break out into workshops where we will apply what we have learned to our personal pacing models.
Building Blocks of a CI Class
Gary DiBianca
Unpacking and Pacing with the “Our Story” Curriculum
Erin Almeranti
Now All Together
Workshops! All Trainers

Friday, July 30, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Overview: A 2-hour morning session focused on setting realistic expectations for the school year and discussing ways you can be creative and customize the curriculum.
Biggest Fears and Frustrations
Erin Almeranti, Gary DiBianca, Laurie Clarcq
Voces as a Blank Canvas
Erin Almeranti, Linda Temby, Allynn Lodge
Overview: A 2-hour finale of fun, reflection, and collaboration.
Concluding Remarks and Q&A

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