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Thursday, October 13 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
2A: Sparking Innovation: Creativity and Code

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Who is successful and why? According to MacArthur Genius Grant winner Angela Lee Duckworth, the key is grit and as educators, we need to be gritty about getting our kids grittier.
How can we create opportunities within the often-restrictive parameters of the current education system for fostering grit? The answer is coding.

 Attend this session and learn how to implement coding within the classroom and beyond to spark creativity, empower motivation, and simultaneously address the Common Core State Standards, all with free, easily accessible technologies. Come with curiosity and leave with tools for implementing coding.

Participants are encouraged to bring an internet connectable device. This session is designed for elementary and middle school teachers with no prior coding knowledge and experience.



  • Learn the basics of computer programming so that they are able to implement coding lessons in their classrooms.

  • Use digital media and environments to support individual learning.

  • Plan and manage the art of blending human ideas and digital tools to increase problem solving power.

  • Spark students to demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes.


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Ulrike Balistreri

G/T Coordinator, Kimberly Area School District
My name is Ulrike Balistreri and I am the Gifted and Talented Coordinator and resource teacher for students in grades 5-8. This is my 22nd year working with gifted students and their teachers in the Kimberly School District. Before that, I taught for several years in the regular classroom... Read More →

Kelly Zaletel

My journey as an educator of gifted and talented students began at a gifted magnet school fresh out of college quite some time ago. At the time, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to further my education through master's level coursework in gifted education. My first teaching... Read More →

Thursday October 13, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm CDT
Wilderness Ballroom 1