Deming Institute Education Conference

November 7th, 2015

Notes I took at the conference

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Starting a Video Game Design Program

November 5th, 2015

Jim Flatmo and Scott Le Duc started using the Unity game engine and new minted curriculum from Unity this year.  In this presentation they share their experiences so far.


Web Sites

Jim Flatmo

Scott Le Duc


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Is National Board For You?

November 4th, 2015

What is involved in pursuing National Board certification?

  • Scott shares his story about successfully completing the process in 2014 for the Career and Technical Education certification

Why are we here?

The NB Process


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Feedback = Learning

October 28th, 2014

Feedback is needed to improve. Examine methods to increase the frequency and quality of feedback with students. Many examples of online and paper-based forms and techniques will be shared.

Building a CTE System Designed for Quality Feedback

  1. Identify Standards

  2. Group Concepts
    • Batch together complimentary skills
  3. Build Units by Verbs
  4. Sequence Units
    • What skills sequence well for building a diverse skill base for problem solving and creating?
  5. Decide on Outcomes
  6. Establish Quality – Skills Checklists
  7. Establish Quality – Rubrics
  8. Apply Quality
    • Decide what rubrics to use for each unit
      • Be careful to only assess the quality that is directly related to your standards
      • Less is more
  9. Construct Project Feedback Process
  10. Establish Portfolios

Final Thoughts

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Assessments That Grade Themselves

October 28th, 2014

Presented by Scott Le Duc

Can this be true, assessments that are automatically scored and the results emailed to students with support material to help them? Yes, and it’s not the steep learning curve that some may anticipated.

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Battle For The Net

September 14th, 2014

Traffic on 2nd Avenue by Oran Viriyincy (CC)

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do?

Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.

Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?

On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.

If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here:

Everyone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown:

Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.

Differentiated Instruction with Technology

August 28th, 2014

Kids Excited About Learning PRESENTER

  • Scott Le Duc


  • Implementing strategies to successfully engage student learning involves many crucial, interconnected components.  This workshop with offer information and opportunities to experience concepts and tools that connect students interests to curriculum goals, assess learning quickly and efficiently, adapt activities to the student’s readiness to learn, and reinforcing knowledge retention.


SCHEDULE 8:00 – 8:45 Getting to Know You Concept

  • What areas of Danielson would you like to see examples of evidence and artifacts?
  • Gather previous DI background from participants
  • Gather input from group about what they want from the training
  • This information will help structure the day


DI Assessment Concept

  • Knowledge of Students / Prior knowledge


  • Online YuGiOh Personality Cards
  • Online Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles Quizzes
  • Kagan Small Teams


  • Pre-assessment / Prior Knowledge


8:45 BREAK 9:00 – 10:15 DI Assessment Cont. Concept

  • Student Work in Portfolios, Feedback, Feedback Forms, and Exit Cards



  • Standards-based Grading and Competency Sheets


10:15 BREAK 10:30 – 11:30 Low-Prep, High-Impact Strategies, Activities & Materials Concept

  • Research, Planning, Organization, and Storyboarding



  • Presentation (Not the way you probably expect!)



  • I do. We do. You do. and Question Answer Relationship (Q.A.R.)


11:30 – 12:30 LUNCH 12:30 – 1:15 Tiered Assignments Concept

  • Standards, Complexity of Activities, and Readiness


1:15 BREAK Tiered Assignments Cont. 1:30 – 2:30 Tiered Assignments – Cont. Concept

  • Product Possibilities


2:30- 3:00 Managing the Differentiated Classroom, Exit Cards & Summaries Concept

  • Non-Cognitive Skills and Student Success



  • Routines, Rituals, Anchor Activities, and Student Groups


Day in the Life of a Teacher

June 19th, 2014

Click on the link below to access the day’s materials:

2014 Find Your Future Presentation

March 18th, 2014

Your Future Success Revealed with Marshmallows?

October 13th, 2013 Marshmallows Image by John-Morgan at

“…a seemingly simple experiment devised by Walter Mischel to test will power: put a kid in a room with a marshmallow, and tell her if she can resist eating it for 15 minutes, she can have 2 marshmallows. It turns out the kids who could wait were much more likely to be successful as adults. “- – Your Future in a Marshmallow

Listen to the Podcast at and Learn More

Be sure to read some of the comments on the podcast page. Two in particular raise interesting concerns; Eric Mauro from Boston MA and Kimi from Hartford, CT. What limitations are inherent in this study?  What do we need to consider when interpreting data from studies like Mischel’s?  Do the concerns raised mean we throw out the results of the study?  How do you feel about the commenters observations and the data shared?

Want to Learn More?

Listen to the podcast Back to School from the This American Life radio program. You will hear Theo, pictured below, struggle with delaying gratification to receive two treats, instead of one. The hour long program details data and strategies to help young people overcome stress and stay focused on goals, compensate for deficiencies in resources and be successful in all areas of life. It’s profound and worth your time!

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