Samantha Bennett: Smarter Every Day - Systems and Structures to Maximize Student (and Teacher!) Engagement and Achievement (Grades 3-12)

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Agency: CESA 6
Agency Contact: Di Bushkie
Agency Assistant: Amy Ruppert 920-236-0562
Location: BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Oshkosh
1 N Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Facility: Athearn Ballroom
3/14/2017 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM

Samantha Bennett will illustrate how systems, structures, routines and rituals, combined with thinking, planning, and conferring, will drive students’ growth, inform assessment and instruction, and increase both, student and teacher engagement. Participants will look inside workshop classrooms where teachers and students work side by side—where students develop literacy skills through a combination of doing what readers and writers do and purposeful, sensitive interactions with their teacher.

Sam will offer tangible evidence of teachers’ practices, demonstrating how they listen to students and use that information to build lessons that propel them into deeper thinking. Explore how teachers learn about their students, use careful one–to–one assessment to inform their teaching, and reflect on their own practice as well. 

Workshop Learning Targets

By the end of this day-long workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Articulate what matters most to student learning on a daily basis.
  • Support their beliefs with research / theory.
  • Describe a routine lesson structure that supports what matters most.
  • Verbalize key planning moves that maximize student engagement and achievement.

Who should attend?

3rd–12th grade classroom teachers, teacher leaders, literacy coaches / reading specialists, administrators, curriculum and instruction directors -- anyone interested in daily systems, structures, routines and rituals to increase student engagement and achievement.

About Samantha Bennett:

Samantha Bennett is an instructional coach, educational consultant, author and editor. She spends most days in classrooms working shoulder to shoulder with teachers to figure out how we can make school worthy of students’ time. Sam’s publications and online resources include:
That Workshop Book: New Systems and Structures for Classrooms that Read, Write and Think (2007);
Adolescent Reading RX: What to Do When Teen Readers Can’t or Won’t (2013);
Everyday Habits that Grow Successful Readers (2013); and,
Imagine it Better: Visions of What Schools Might Be (2014).


CESA 6 makes every effort to accommodate basic dietary needs such as vegetarian, gluten free and basic food allergies. Because of the number of meals served and the number of items used each day, along with food product changes from our food vendors, we cannot guarantee that every allergen in the food served will be identified and labeled. Guests concerned with food allergies must be aware of this risk. CESA 6 does not assume liability for adverse reactions to food consumed or items one may come into contact with while eating at a CESA 6 event. To better serve our guests with dietary restrictions or allergies, please go into your myQuickReg account and update the special accommodations section. Notice of a special dietary need must be made in advance of the event.

Cancellation Policy:

Any registration cancellation must be received 48 business hours before the scheduled date for a refund to be issued. Because attendance at most sessions is limited, persons registering and not in attendance on the day of the session will be charged the full registration fee. CESA 6 reserves the right to cancel any session due to insufficient enrollment. Participants will be notified by email or phone if a cancellation occurs.