2013 Teachers' PD INC Summer Conference

Colusa Hall

Wednesday, July 24 and Thursday, July 25, 2013

Colusa Hall, on the campus of California State University, Chico

Welcome to Teachers' PD INC's first annual summer conference!

The conference will take place in Colusa Hall on July 24-25 at the California State University, Chico campus. It offers a unique opportunity for teams from Cohort 1 and team leaders in Cohort 2 to meet, collaborate, and learn about the diverse range of action research projects that other teams have completed. Cohort 1 projects will be highlighted in a poster session and individual team presentations.

Conference Schedule:

Wednesday, July 24th 2013

2:00 PM Check-In
3:00 PM Welcome Session (Mike, Karen & Julie)
3:30 PM

Session: Action Research on Action Research,
a View as an Administrator to Administrators

4:30 - 6:30 PM

Meet and Greet Reception (appetizers and cash bar)

6:30 PM

Sign and Dine (Dinner on your own Downtown Chico)

Thursday, July 25th 2013

8:30 AM Check-In
9:00 - 9:30 AM (4) Sessions
9:30 - 10:00 AM (4) Sessions
10:00 - 10:15 AM Break
10:15 - 10:45 AM (4) Sessions
10:45 - 11:15 AM (4) Sessions
11:15 - 11:45 AM (4) Sessions
11:45 - 1:15 PM Working Lunch and Keynote Speaker
1:15 - 1:45 PM (3) Sessions
1:45 - 2:15 PM (3) Sessions
2:30 PM

Vendor Raffle
Wrap-Up and Goodbye

Register for the conference:

To allow us to better plan accommodations and facilities we require the following:

  • All Cohort 1 team members MUST register for the conference by completing the online registration questionnaire.
  • All Cohort 2 team leaders MUST register and attend, one additional team member is also expected to register and attend by completing the online registration questionnaire.

Click here to access the online Registration form 

Note: Administrators who are interested in attending the conference should register here.

Conference Check-In:

Conference check-in for all TBAR participants/presenters will be available between 1:30 and 3:00 pm in Colusa Hall on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.  Please refer the campus map for location of Colusa Hall.

 Sutter Hall

Lodging Information:

Overnight lodging for the evening of Wednesday, 7/24/2013 will be provided for TBAR participants who do not reside in the Chico area. The 2013 TBAR Summer Conference participants will be housed overnight in the Sutter Hall residence hall, the newest on-campus housing facility at CSU, Chico.  Sutter Hall is located in the northern-central area of campus, immediately adjacent to Legion Avenue.

All rooms include two twin beds, desk, chair, and are individually air-conditioned.

Room Key: You will be provided with a room key and an access card for entrance into the building upon check-in. There is a $66 replacement charge for room keys and $1 replacement charge for access card keys should they be lost or not returned upon departure.

What to Bring: The following items may make your stay more comfortable: cosmetics/toiletries, shower caddy, extra towels, a washcloth, a bathrobe, shower thongs, and a radio or alarm clock.

For additional information regarding On Campus Housing for the Teacher's PD Conference for additional information, click here.

Sutter Hall Lodging Check-In:

Check-in will be available between 11 am and 2:00 pm on Wednesday, July 24th at the Sutter Hall front desk.   The Sutter Hall front desk number is 530-898-3185 and 530-898-3188.The desk is located at the top of the stairs, through the double doors on the second floor. Please note, all of 1st floor Sutter is a dining facility. There will be signs posted around Sutter Hall pointing you in the correct direction for check in. A Customer Service Representative will be available to help you find your room and answer any questions when you arrive.


Most teams are within driving distance to the CSU, Chico campus.  The Teachers' PD Inc Directors request that you car-pool for both financial and environmental reasons whenever possible.  

For teams members that reside further than 7 hours driving distance from CSU, Chico, and have determined that air transportation is the most economical and efficient -- please see the information below: 

For participants who have been approved for air travel to the conference, Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is the recommended airport to fly into with travel to Chico via rental car or shuttle service.

North Valley Shuttle: (530) 891-1219 provides shuttle service from Sacramento airport to Chico

Cohort 1 Team Leaders and Members:

The Teacher's PD Inc will reimburse reasonable transportation expenses for members of Cohort 1. Please contact Dana Johnston for approval prior to booking any airline travel. 

Cohort 2 Team Leaders:

Travel expenses for Team Leaders to attend the Summer Conference are included in the team budget -- please verify that your team budget has sufficient funds to cover the cost of airline travel and rental car/shuttle. 

Parking Information:

CSU, Chico policy requires a charge to park in campus parking lots. Teachers’ PD INC master grant will cover the parking charges for all conference participants and attendees for the 2 day conference.  Please be sure to complete the registration form to reserve the appropriate number of parking permits for your team. 

If you choose not to park in a campus lot or parking structure, additional metered parking is available in city lots adjacent to the University at the corner of 2nd & Salem Streets, and in the Chico city Parking Structure at the corner of 4th & Broadway.  Street parking is available at no charge near the Northwest area of campus on Warner Street between West Sacramento Ave and East First Ave as well as on the South West area of campus near the intersections of west 3rd or 4th St and Orange or Cherry Streets.

Presenter Guidelines:

Conference Room

Teams from the PD INC Cohort I will be presenting their findings from their Action Research projects that they have been working on over the past two years. Presentations will be in the form of a Poster Session which will occur on Wednesday night, and 25 minute team presentations which will occur all day Thursday.

Please send a brief abstract of your project and activities (125 word maximum). Include your project title and the names of all team members to Dana by Friday, May 3rd to publish on the Conference Website and in the Conference Program. 

Team Poster:

  • Each team will have the opportunity to share their research in a poster that they present to attendees at the conference.
  • Posters will be on display during both days of the conference.
  • Please use a 38” X 48” tri-fold poster board. For teams who will be flying to the conference, or choose to print the poster as one single sheet, we will provide a tri-fold that you can attach your poster to once you have arrived.

There are two options for constructing and printing your poster:

Option one: (recommended)

Computer generated. Use the poster template below, or one of your own design, and print the document as a 38 X 48” single sheet poster. Teams are free to design their posters however they feel appropriate, but the following template might be helpful to get you started.

Poster Template (Microsoft PowerPoint)

Option two:

Print individual pages to fit each of the three panels on a 38 X 48” tri-fold poster board.   You may use computer-created text, hand lettering or other writing on your poster. The poster may include firmly attached photographs, drawings, graphs, and other visuals about your research, however you should avoid the “scrapbook” effect. Due to time constraints, please have the entire poster completely assembled before arriving to the conference.

Here is a checklist of what your poster should include:

  1. Title of your action research project in large letters in the middle panel
  2. Team member names
  3. Purpose - Briefly describe the baseline dated that supported the need for your team’s project
  4. Research question(s) 
  5. Intervention: Briefly describe the key components of the intervention. You may want to include visuals, such as photos, student work samples, etc. that help to describe the intervention. Some data can also be included in an envelope in the back of the poster if you think it will facilitate you explaining your project. NOTE: You are required to have permissions to use any photos of students or student work. You may obscure children’s faces in photos if you do not have permission.
  6. Methods - Briefly describe (this can be bullets) the methods or procedures used to collect data (survey’s, student projects, journals, pre-post tests etc)
  7. Professional development: Briefly describe (this can be bullets) the ways in which what you learned in PD transferred to your teaching practice, and classroom or school wide intervention.
  8. Findings - This is based on the analysis of the data you collected, which should not be entirely anecdotal 
  9. Conclusions - briefly describe what your team learned about the questions by doing action research

Team Presentations:

Presentation sessions at educational conferences allow for dissemination and interaction among presenters and attendees. The presentation format at the 2013 Teacher’s PD INC Conference is primarily designed as a forum for Cohort 1 teacher teams to provide brief overviews of the professional development and school or instructional improvement processes they have engaged in over the past two years. Audience members are encouraged to take the role of critical friends, seeking clarification, asking questions and making suggestions to help the team continue to move their work forward. The emphasis is on sharing information and interaction. 

Operation of the Presentations

A schedule of presentations will be developed with two teams assigned to a room. Each team will have about 25 minutes. The time should be divided into an approximate fifteen-minute presentation on the team project and an approximate ten-minute question and answer session. Teams may use the audiovisual equipment available in each room that includes a computer and projector to display charts, graphs, photos, video, etc.

Content of the Presentation

Here are some suggested areas for you to report on in your presentation.

  • The Problem: Report on the problem your team was trying to change with professional development and school improvements.
  • The Professional Development: Briefly tell about professional development the team participated in and what team members learned.
  • The Intervention(s): Describe the changes that you made at your school or in your classrooms.
  • The Action Research: Report on your team’s interpretation of the effectiveness of the interventions.
  • Significance: Tell why the project was important and give the audience an idea of what the future will be. What does your Teacher’s PD project lead to and/or how will improvements be sustainable. 

Click here to download a PDF file of the team presentations guidelines. The included rubric may be useful in your planning.

Accessibility Information:

California State University, Chico has adopted a policy of nondiscrimination and encourages all people to participate in our programs and activities. At University sponsored events, CSU, Chico will provide reasonable accommodations to attendees with disabilities unless doing so would create an undue hardship as described by law or cause a fundamental alteration of the program, activity, or service. Please contact 530-898-3333 with accommodation concerns in advance, or visit the registration table for further assistance. For more information please visit our Accessibility Resource Center web site at www.csuchico.edu/arc/