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Presentations

Derrick Conley

Anything Is Possible!
presented by
Derrick Conley

Building a winning culture with an intentional focus on relationships and growth.

Gloria Ladson-Billilngs

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Asking a Different Question
presented by
Gloria Ladson-Billings

Instead of a deficit perspectives that asked, “What’s wrong with those kids?," Dr. Ladson-Billings asks a different question, ”What is right with those kids and what happens in classroom where teachers, parents and students get it right?”  This session will examine this theory, how it works, and its role and applications in education.

Jimmy Casas

Culturize – Every Student. Every Day. Whatever it Takes
presented by
Jimmy Casas

Average schools don't inspire greatness—and greatness is what our schools need if we are going to produce world changing learners. In this presentation author and education leader Jimmy Casas shares his 4 Core Principles.

Laura Stewart

Delivering on the Promise of Literacy for All: Yes, We Can!
presented by
Laura Stewart

Teaching children to read is the most pressing educational endeavor of our time. All children deserve equitable access to high-quality, evidence-aligned instruction. Without that instruction, many students will fall through the cracks, diminishing their potential to lead rich literate lives. More is known about how to teach reading than ever before, yet often times this evidence base is not provided to teachers nor translated to practice.

Sucheta Kamath

Destination 2032: Executive Function Curriculum as a New Frontier
presented by
Sucheta Kamath

True equity in education is to prepare all students to become goal-directed, self-driven, and future-focused adults so that they can engage in the global economy and civil discourse while maintaining personal well-being.

Akil Ross

Empowered to Grow: Creating Effective Learning Environments for All Students
presented by
Akil Ross

Empowered people empower people. This address provides educational leaders with a framework to improve teacher retention and increase student engagement. The “Empowering Leadership Framework” gives school leaders a practical guide for improving school outcomes by aligning the mission of the school with the shared vision of the educators. The alignment of mission with an empowering vision has proven to renew the passion to teach in teachers and revive the love of learning for students. Attendees will learn how to create a shared vision as well as four (4) key “Heart-Needs” which must be included in a school mission to empower teachers and students.

Victoria Thompson

Equity in Educational Technology
presented by
Victoria Thompson

In education we need to be committed to ensuring our efforts reflect the needs of our classrooms and schools, as well as equity and inclusion. How can we leverage technology to reach our goals? Come learn with us on how to navigate this landscape and how it can be possible. Attendees will learn about the intersectionality of equity and educational technology. New ideas and strategies that attendees will learn include vetting digital platforms and resources through an anti-racist lens, what an educator should look for when searching for equitable technology and technology platforms, the potential dangers of not checking a resource before you give it to students, the importance of student choice and voice, and the importance of elevating women and people of color in curriculum, among others.

Thomas R. Hoerr

Every Educator Is A Chief Empathy Office
presented by
Thomas R. Hoerr

For success in school and life, students need more than proficiency in academic subjects and good scores on tests; those goals should form the floor, not the ceiling, of their education. To truly thrive, students need to develop attributes that aren’t typically measured on standardized tests. In this keynote, educators will get an overview on how to foster the “Formative Five” success skills that today’s students need, including empathy, self-control, integrity, embracing diversity, and grit.

Matt Townsley

Five Grading Shifts for 2022 and Beyond
presented by
Matt Townsley

COVID-19 caused many schools to temporarily revise their grading policies and practices. These changes included using “do no harm” grading methods such as freezing previous grades and replacing letter grades with pass-fail. As many schools return to “normal” in 2022, educators have an opportunity to reclaim the purpose of grades to communicate learning. In this webinar, participants will learn about five grading shifts they should consider in their local settings.

Margaret Searle & Marilyn Swartz

Getting To the Hidden Causes of Academic and Behavior Problems
presented by
Margaret A. Searle & Marilyn L. Swartz

Do you need a process to strengthen your RTI/MTSS problem-solving efforts? The hardest part of problem-solving is identifying a student's specific need and designing an action plan that swiftly addresses the problem. This session, based upon the new ASCD book Solving Academic and Behavior Problems: A Strengths-Based Guide for Teachers and Teams, will demonstrate the process and provide the tools to do just that.

Carol Tolman

Language Structures and Verbal Reasoning: Missing Links in Close Reading
presented by
Carol Tolman

Gough and Tunmer’s Simple View of Reading (SVR) identifies two major components to reading comprehension: word recognition and language comprehension. Dr. Tolman's presentation focuses on language comprehension; specifically, on the areas of language structures and verbal reasoning, two often-ignored components of reading comprehension lessons crucial to the success of reading deeply.

Angela Searcy

Push Past It! A Positive Approach to Intense Challenging Behaviors
presented by
Angela Searcy

Stop! Collaborate! And Listen! This workshop will outline a guide to effective behavior planning for intense challenges. This workshop will also outline each phase of the process, what to expect, as well as, tools that support a continuous cycle of each step .

Don Parker

Relentless About Relationships
presented by
Don Parker

This presentation discusses the characteristics of at-risk students and the difficulties they face in building trusting relationships with adults in school settings.

Dr. Ralph L. Simpson

Social & Emotional Learning: One District’s Journey of SEL Implementation
presented by
Ralph L. Simpson

In this session, you will learn about one district's journey to implement SEL and receive tips for how you can transform your district through Social and Emotional Learning.

Mike Anderson

Tackling the Motivation Crisis: How to Activate Student Learning
presented by
Mike Anderson

“Do we have to do this?” “Is this going to be graded?” “When am I ever going to use this in real life?”

Questions like this can feel infuriating. They seem to indicate a lack of motivation in students, and it’s so disheartening to feel like we’re having to threaten or bribe students to get them to do schoolwork. After all, didn’t we get into teaching because we’re passionate about learning—and don’t we want our students to share that passion?

Weston Kieschnick

The Educator’s ATLAS: Your Roadmap to Joyful, Engaging, & Successful Classrooms
presented by
Weston Kieschnick

ext staff meeting, district personnel preparing to present in front of the school board…literally anyone, who speaks in any capacity, and wants to engage, educate, and resonate in order to meet his/her desired outcome.

Bonus Content

Brandi Cade

3 Practices to Start Building a Thinking Classroom
presented by
Brandi Cade

We all want our students to think, but how do we move them from relying on teacher input for every task to problem solving and thinking through tasks on their own? Join me on the journey to "Building Thinking Classrooms" as we take a close look at the first three practices from Peter Liljedahl’s book that will help us lay the foundation and get our students thinking.

Boosting Learning in a Literacy Classroom
presented by
Malissa Ocean and Marilyn Ware

Boring Literacy Block! Come explore how to jazz up your literacy classroom with brain-based strategies. Learn how to create literacy lessons that can improve your students' performance and academic success. Walk away with brain-based strategies that can be integrated throughout your entire literacy block.

Diamond in the Rough
presented by
Jeremy Anderson

Diamonds are the most valuable mineral found on earth. They are formed deep underground in an environment of extreme heat and pressure. In life there are challenges, but we can endure and overcome them. This presentation focuses on how the educator can explore within and reveal concealed abilities. They will identify and prepare to implement their enhanced expertise in the school and classroom. With the proper level of encouragement and affirmation, they will have the catalyst needed to begin the process. This session will also focus on establishing the proper environment needed to cultivate both student rapport and academic success. Jeremy will also discuss his story and will also tie in strategies on how to relate and touch the hearts of at-risk students.

Carol Ann Tomlinson

Dreaming Big Enough Dreams for the Needs of Our Students
presented by
Carol Ann Tomlinson

The #1 job of schools is to guide young people in developing the intellectual, affective, and social competence and confidence necessary to lead productive and satisfying lives both now and in the future that awaits them. Sadly, there are many indicators that we have failed many students in ways that place the goal out of their reach. We live in a particularly perilous time right now, but perilous times are also moments of great opportunity for change. This keynote will present a challenge to re-think several key aspects of how we think about teaching, learning, and leading that could quite literally make a world of difference in outcomes for students. Making the shift would require big dreams and wise planning on the part of educators. The reward would be many more pathways to possibility for the kids we teach.

Family Involvement 101: It’s all about Partnerships!
presented by
Katie Swart

Mike Crabtree

Foundations Come First: Building Strong Relationships with Kids & Families in Poverty
presented by
Mike Crabtree

If building relationships is key to significant learning, that goes double for kids & families in poverty, where relationships are valued about all else. This session will provided strategies to lay that solid foundation to build social and academic success.

Jennifer Gonzalez

Four Laws of Learning (And How to Obey Them in Your Lessons)
presented by
Jennifer Gonzalez

What really makes a difference in teaching? There are many factors that have a powerful impact, but when it comes to that 45-to 90-minute block of time we set aside for instruction, what activities actually move the needle on learning? This session explores four rock-solid truths backed by research on how people learn. These laws apply to every subject area and grade level, and if you follow them when planning lessons, you’ll be a lot more likely to make some real learning happen for students.

Principal Kafele

Just One Educator Can Completely Alter the Trajectory of a Child
presented by
Baruti Kafele

In this empowering address, Principal Kafele will state emphatically to educators at all levels that each of them possess the power toward completely altering the trajectory of a child. He will encourage them to reflect upon their initial “why” for entering the world of education and remind them of the significance their “why” holds throughout the course of each and every day while ultimately taking children to heights previously unimagined.

Dr. John Hodge

Leading Schools through Turbulent Times: Keys to Success
presented by
John Hodge

The United States and the world have endured unprecedented challenges in the past 18 months. Today, we are recovering from the impact of economic and social hurdles that may seem overwhelming. It’s during times like the present that leadership is most important. Guided by peer-reviewed research in resilience, and the lessons learned by school leaders after Hurricane Katrina, this presentation will provide participants with 5 research-supported principles designed to guide schools through the many obstacles ahead. Excellence is possible—even when times are tough.

Leading the Way: Challenging Students of Poverty to Be Their Best Selves
presented by
Ericka Bennett-Bell and Sharon Williams

During this session, attendees will learn how to garner student leadership skills, develop a growth mindset, and promote life skills with students of poverty within a high-trust school culture.

Teresa Turner

Leveraging Choice and Magnet Opportunities to Support Diversity and Inclusion
presented by
Teresa Turner

This session draws upon research findings regarding the components found in magnet schools that are both diverse and educationally effective.  Attendees will learn evidence-based policy recommendations aimed at helping schools design, implement, and sustain effective magnet schools that can foster integrated learning and positive student outcomes.

Maximizing Moments: Strategies for Enrichment Programs During Non-School Hours presented by Sharon Williams and Ericka Bennett-Bell

During this session, attendees will learn how to provide enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The information provided will be adaptable to all afterschool or before school programs, including 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

Navigating the IEP and Determining Appropriate Services
presented by
Cindi Allen Nixon

This session will focus on the key components of an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and detail how to determine the least restrictive environment for a student with a disability. Participants will gain knowledge in how to choose appropriate accommodations to assist in making students successful in a general education classroom.

Horacio Sanchez

Poverty’s Impact on the Brain
presented by
Horacio Sanchez

Poverty is the single most significant event impacting public education today. Every year school districts dedicate resources, draft policies, and create new services to meet the academic and behavioral challenges associated with students coming from poverty. However, much of the attempts of public education to address the need of students in poverty are occurring without vital information on how poverty is transforming the brains of students today. Attempting to address the issues of poverty with only partial information is like completing a puzzle with key pieces missing. The brain transformations resulting from poverty speak to the heart of the academic and behavioral issues schools seek to overcome. The neuroscience of poverty provides not only a clear picture as to the whys academic and behavioral problems are occurring but also how to design a more precise response to best address the issues.

Pooja Agarwal

Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning
presented by
Pooja Agarwal

This workshop is an indispensable experience for educators who want to take their instruction to the next level. Drawing on a fifteen-year scientist-teacher collaboration, more than 100 years of research, and illustrative examples from K–12 and higher education, Dr. Pooja K. Agarwal, cognitive scientist and author of the book Powerful Teaching, presents step-by-step guidance on how to transform teaching with four essential strategies: Retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, and feedback-driven metacognition. Equipped with scientific knowledge and evidence-based tools, turn your teaching into powerful teachingand unleash student learning in your classroom.

Eric Jensen

Rapid Catch-Up Tools for Struggling Students: Learn the 7 Secrets of Building Cognitive Capacity in ALL Students
presented by
Eric Jensen

Reading Before Reading: The Stages of Emergent Reading
presented by
Lori Poole

This presentation will focus on the progression of emergent reading, with an emphasis on using storybooks to build oral language. We will connect the understanding of Sulzby's Stages of Emergent Reading with instructional moves as the teacher "nudges" the reader along the progression.

Kristen Douglas and Rikki McCormick

Self-Regulation in a Virtual Setting presented by Rikki McCormick & Krysten Douglas

After March 2020, districts across the state embarked upon the virtual education system journey. Instruction and student support (telehealth, tele-counseling, remote food preparation…) were delivered virtually. In the world of social-emotional learning, calming spaces to help promote self-regulation in a brick-and-mortar setting were just gaining traction as a SEL practice when, again, virtual became the only option. Virtual calming spaces found their place, although still evolving, as the option to promote self-regulation.

Somebody Call the Plumber: Addressing the Teacher Pipeline Problem
presented by
Amanda Snipe

From preparation to retention, the teacher pipeline is struggling to stay intact, negatively impacting all students—non-miniority and minority students. Participants will be presented with current teacher retention research findings and will brainstorm how to address teacher retention for all teachers, minority teachers, and non-minority teachers.

Tips & Tricks for Engaging the Reluctant Learner
presented by
Chrystal Wood

Attendees will learn how to make lasting connections with each learner and build positive relationships in a non-threatening environment, while also improving classroom management.

Hope Halfacre and Whitney Umbarger

Turning Up the Volume of Reading
presented by
Hope Halfacre and Whitney Umbarger

Innovative ways to increase reading volume for students by providing access to quality books to grow their at-home libraries. We will be sharing how increasing reading volume impacts reading achievement and increases student engagement.

Ways to Build Relationship and Connection with Older Students
presented by
Brittany Shell

Helping teachers make greater connections with students in the classroom as building relationship with children of poverty is vital for student success. In this session, I will provide resources and strategies for helping to build that relationship.

Zeis

What Our Students Really Need
presented by
Jodi Zeis

Learn how to truly offer your students equitable and meaningful learning tools and experiences and learn why sometimes the newest and most expensive tools are not the right choice in preparing students for college and career.