EnCorps Speaker Series and Workshops

Spring Semester

The EnCorps Spring Speaker Series and Workshops are professional development sessions that take place twice monthly from January to April. The online sessions feature expert presenters who will share current pedagogical practices, discuss new classroom strategies and the implementation of new instructional techniques. The online sessions allow for collaborative and active learning. Register Today!

Meet Your Host: Eric Cross

Eric Cross is an IB middle school science/design teacher for Albert Einstein Academies, International Baccalaureate schools. He is also Adjunct Professor of Learning and Technology at the University of San Diego, a Google Certified Innovator, and host of Science Connections: The Podcast.
By building relationships with students, colleagues, and the community, he has become an empowered leader in and out of the classroom. Through his meaningful learning experiences centered around student agency, STEM has become accessible to all students through engagement, thoughtful integration of digital tools, and culturally relevant teaching practices.

Assistive Tech: Supporting Students with Special Learning Needs

February 6, 2023, 4:30 – 5:45PM PST

This session highlights tech tools that support students with specific learning disabilities who require accommodations/modifications. Resources include chrome extensions, websites, and applications that can be readily installed on student devices and immediately applied towards your classroom instruction.

Culturally Responsive Teaching in STEM

February 16, 2023, 4:30 – 5:45PM PST

This session will equip teachers with strategies and curriculum that can be used in classrooms to engage students in STEM content through the lens of equity. It will also include a selection of tools for science educators and students that can be used in both virtual and in-person learning environments. Participants will learn how to leverage these tools to promote engagement, inquiry, experimentation, data collection, and work publishing.

Building Hope Three Part Series with Cathleen Beachboard

Meet Your Host

Cathleen Beachboard is a teacher, author, and researcher. She writes and creates content for Edutopia and has been featured by TED-Ed. After adopting five children out of a case of extreme abuse and neglect, she has been on a mission to improve outcomes for those who experience trauma and anxiety. Cathleen has taught middle school English for the past 15 years. She also works as a part-time researcher holding an M.A. in Psychology.
She is the author of the groundbreaking book The School of Hope: The Journey from Trauma and Anxiety to Achievement, Happiness, and Resilience. Her research focuses on psychological tools and strategies that schools can use to improve hope and inspire a deeper sense of fulfillment and happiness for students and staff.

Part 1: Building Hope by Improving Student Goal Setting and Peer Coaching

Based on research using the psychological science of hope, this session provides strategies educators can use right away to help students feel secure, build relationships, and improve academic outcomes through goal setting to build hope. The session will provide make it-take it classroom materials and tools, scientific resources to assess and monitor hope and offer free tools to help students with goal setting.

Part 2: Building Hope By Increasing Critical Thinking for Goal Pathways

Based on research using the psychological science of hope, this session provides strategies educators can use to increase problem solving and critical thinking to improve hope pathways. Included are actions, tools, and strategies that can be woven into any class setting to get students to practice and use divergent thinking. Also focused on in this session are strategies for classroom management for when students hit a stuck point. Overall, this session weill give participants lots of tools and resources to help students take ownership and problem solve when they hit a barrier or a setback while learning.

Part 3: Building Hope by Improving Student Willpower and Motivation

Based on research using the psychological science of hope, this session provides strategies educators can use immediately to increase student motivation and willpower in the classroom. Participants will learn about how showcasing self-control strategies and pre-commitment devices can increase student willpower. Also included in this session are strategies to increase student motivation on any given assignment or task using psychological self-determination theory.

Previous Events by Eric Cross

Making Connections Before Content
January 24, 2023, 4:30 - 5:45PM PST

Checking-in with students and maintaining relationships have never been more important. We’ll dig into best practices, strategies, and tools for building and maintaining positive classroom culture. We’ll overview a curated shortlist of ideas to address challenges and get hands-on with a couple of strategies/tools you can use tomorrow.