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DaVıda Alston Smıth – ELT Özel Türk Koleji

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DaVıda Alston Smıth

DaVıda Alston Smıth

National Geographic Learning

Abstract: How do we continue to motivate, engage, and promote learner agency and student well-being within our diverse modern-day classrooms? As early learners began to return to classrooms, it is more imperative than ever that our classrooms promote social well-being through enriched activities which build both global competency and social well-being. In this session attendees will leverage an understanding of instructional practices which promote student interests, needs, and instructional methodology which builds upon the natural curiosity of early learners. Attendees will develop instructional strategies which promote social competency and student well-being through the power of storytelling, visual literacy, and developmental hands-on activities. Through practical application attendees will establish individualized next steps to improve their practical practice and promote student well-being for early learners.

Bio: DaVida Alston brings to National Geographic Learning over 25 years of experience as a transformational educator, leading both Districts and Schools both in the United States and Internationally. Earning a Master’s Degree in Education and Specialist in Education Leadership, DaVida’s vast experiences include curriculum development, building capacity among Teachers through research based professional development, and producing positive outcomes for students. DaVida’s areas of expertise include targeted reading intervention, curriculum development, specialized instruction for diverse learners, and school improvement planning. DaVida is an Education Consultant for National Geographic Learning and provides professional development for K-12 programming across the GCC Region and Europe.

10:45 - 11:35

The Power of Story-Telling and Visual Literacy

· Preschool