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Monday, January 21
 

9:00am

10:00am

Opening General Session - Distinguished School Parade
More details coming soon.

Monday January 21, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Delta Ballroom

11:00am

Personal Responsibility + the School's Responsibility
Dr. Steve Perry is a strong advocate of personal responsibility in all aspects of life. As a motivational speaker he emphasizes the social issues in the community with messages that aim at building up both the individual and the community so that our children can be better contributing members of society. His calls to action, personal responsibility and solutions as covered in his book: "Man up Nobody is Coming to Save Us.



Dr. Perry reaches out to the heart of his audience to motivate change in themselves and their community. Among social issues Dr. Perry focuses on is the role of family and how it contributes to society, including the strengthening of each member. His experience as a social worker, principal and parent equips him to deal with the individual dynamics. He proposes that positive solutions in strengthening the family will ultimately make for building a better, stronger community.








Speakers
avatar for Steve Perry

Steve Perry

Dr. Steve Perry’s heart pumps passion and produces positive change. His career has taken him from directing a grassroots organization in Chester, PA to a full scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work, back to his hometown of Middletown where he ran a homeless... Read More →


Monday January 21, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Delta Ballroom

1:30pm

Closing the 'Attitude Gap' of Black Male Learners
The plight of Black males continues to pose a major challenge for educators at all levels. In this high-energy, interactive session, Baruti Kafele will share proven, replicable strategies he used over his 21 years as an urban public school teacher and principal which inspired thousands of Black males to consistently soar academically. It places a particular emphasis on Kafele's Closing the "Attitude Gap" C.A.R.E.E.R. Framework as follows:



• Compassion for Students

• Attitude toward Students

• Relationship with Students

• Environment for Learning

• Empowerment for Success

• Relevance in Instruction



With a national graduation rate of only 47%, Kafele contends that as long as schools fail to capture the attention of their otherwise brilliant Black male learners, they will continue to lose large numbers of them. He contends that through the implementation of the strategies offered in this session, the probability of Black males striving to pursue higher ed. increases exponentially.

Speakers
avatar for Baruti Kafele

Baruti Kafele

Consultant, Principal Kafele Consulting, LLC
Award-winning educator, internationally-renowned speaker and best-selling author, Principal Baruti Kafele is on fire! He's on a mission to motivate, educate and empower educators, parents and children toward the elimination of the attitude gap, the world over. A highly-regarded urban... Read More →


Monday January 21, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Delta Ballroom C

1:30pm

The Brain Campaign: Confronting the Obstacles of Students Who Live in Poverty with Neuroscience to Increase Achievement
The first portion of his session will highlight significant applications of neuroscience research to learning, with an emphasis on students who live in poverty. As I share the content of neuroscience research, I will be implementing the instructional practices that activate brain dendrites so that the participants will be actively engaged with that content. The second portion will provide guidance and examples of ways to integrate these understandings into daily lesson design. The questions that I will answer throughout the session are "What does this mean to me as an educator?" and "How can I use this with my students to increase their achievement?"

Speakers
avatar for Rick DuVall

Rick DuVall

Rick DuVall, Ph.D., is an award-winning educator with over 25 years of teaching experience. He has taught all grade levels, pre-kindergarten through twelve, as well as serving as an instructional coach and as a university professor. He frequently consults with schools, and has consulted... Read More →


Monday January 21, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Delta Ballroom B

1:30pm

Our Teachers and Our Schools: What Educators Can and Cannot Do to Close the Achievement Gap
Showing contempt for a half-century of unrefuted research, public policy now assumes that teachers alone can close the achievement gap between disadvantaged and middle class children. In this challenging climate for public education, teachers and other public school leaders have three tasks, each of which must be pursued simultaneously. First, educators must resist the reduction of expectations to improved performance on low-quality, high stakes standardized tests. Second, they must direct what resources they can to the provision of high quality early childhood, health, social service, and after school programs that can improve the readiness of disadvantaged children to learn, and to the mobilization of available resources for these purposes from other community institutions. And third, educators must become more outspoken about social and economic conditions that limit children’s ability to take advantage of public education, and about the imperative to fight politically to ameliorate these conditions.


Monday January 21, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Delta Ballroom D

2:00pm

Using Technology to Support and Enhance Student Learning and Engagement
Hear from selected National Title I Distinguished Schools about how they access and use technology to support student engagement and achievement. Each school team will share their experiences, challenges and strategies to incorporate the successful use of technology in their overall school program. Following the overview, attendees may choose a specific breakout for a more in-depth presentation and conversation with the one school of greatest interest.


Monday January 21, 2013 2:00pm - 4:15pm
Ryman Ballroom A

3:30pm

Vocabulary magic- Making Words Real: Powerful Strategies to Accelerate Vocabulary Acquisition
Significant language discrepancies exist between children of low-income households, English language learners and children of higher-income families . These gaps in the quality and quantity of vocabulary clearly impede student academic success. Using high-quality instructional strategies, teachers can create an enriched learning experience and accelerate vocabulary development in students with language deficiencies. Come explore neuroscience based strategies that provide intentional opportunities for language interaction. Learn how to turn mundane vocabulary lessons into a multi-sensory interactive experience, where students hear, see, feel and speak using new vocabulary. Tap into the power of music and imagery to enhance vocabulary recall and reading comprehension. Engage students with card sorts, content trailers, vocabulary-in-a-bag and sentence puzzlers, all powerful tools to give students the gift of academic language!

Speakers
avatar for Joanne Billingsley

Joanne Billingsley

Joanne Billingsley, is a consultant, author, keynote speaker and nationally- acclaimed lecturer. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including regional Texas Teacher of the Year 2007. She is national presenter for the Bureau of Education & Research and the Greenleaf... Read More →


Monday January 21, 2013 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Delta Ballroom B

3:30pm

Taking Inventory: Title I Student Dropout, Retention, Promotion, and On-Time Graduation
New findings have emerged on the intractable problem of on-time graduation from an analysis of data that includes a collection containing details about every course that Texas students attempted in high school—semester-by-semester. Included in the course data is information that reveals whether the student received credit for the course, and if not, why they failed to do so. The highly innovative research followed a cohort of Title I first-time ninth-graders through their four years of high school to investigate their course completion and identify barriers to earning course credits compared to non-Title I students. Participants can expect to see where along the high school pipeline we can address the academic needs of Title I students to significantly increase on-time graduation. They can also expect to learn what recommendations they need to champion—as education reform leaders—to break through the gridlock keeping Title I students from academic success to on-time graduation.

Speakers
avatar for Omar Lopez

Omar Lopez

Dr. Omar S. López is an Assistant Professor at Texas State University. A noted public speaker, he is a transdisciplinary scholar who draws from the fields of science, engineering, education, and business to solve some of the thorniest problems confronting society's most vulnerable... Read More →


Monday January 21, 2013 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Delta Ballroom C

3:30pm

No More Racial “Achievement Gap”: Reconsidering How We Think About Student Achievement




Based on Dr. Royal’s article, “Please Stop Using the Phrase ‘Achievement Gap’” http://www.good.is/posts/please-stop-using-the-phrase-achievement-gap, this session will encourage educators to reconsider how we think about, speak about, and approach our work with students, families, schools, and communities that have been historically-marginalized and/or are currently under-resourced. This session will expose the pathology of deficit-oriented discourses in education that fuel martyrdom and the messiah complex. Toward an anti-racist, anti-elitist professional education force that maintains high expectations for all students, this session will examine the Anglo-normativity of current racial “achievement gap” thinking and juxtapose it with the idea of the education debt owed to the students, families, and communities we serve.

Speakers

Monday January 21, 2013 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Presidential D
 
Tuesday, January 22
 

8:15am

At Risk – Students in The Middle
While others talk about what should be done to prepare students for college, (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is doing it. For more than 30 years, the AVID College Readiness System has had great success in helping thousands of students, primarily underserved, reach their potential and achieve their dreams of attending college. AVID is a catalyst for systemic cultural changes within a school: transforming beliefs and attitudes about college readiness for ALL students. This session includes research-proven strategies, methods and materials that can be used schoowide and districtwide to accelerate all students, but especially low-income, minority, and first-generation college students. Participants will learn how inquiry-based, collaborative professional learning is a necessary foundation for instructional practices that promote college readiness.

Speakers
avatar for Denise Rupert

Denise Rupert

Denise supervises the quality implementation and support services for AVID schools in the Mid-Atlantic States. She has worked in Title I schools developing programming and professional development for staff. As a strand writer, she works with the AVID National Demonstration Validation... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 8:15am - 9:45am
Presidential D

8:15am

The Most Powerful Data Driven Analysis Method You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
Recent research has confirmed what school leaders have known for decades. That is, the best way to increase student learning is to provide each child with a highly effective teacher. Unfortunately, few schools use data to match teacher strengths to student needs. This session will teach administrators how to use student learning growth data (also known as value-added analysis) to implement the most powerful data driven analysis method you’ve probably never heard of: assigning each student to a highly effective teacher.

Speakers
avatar for John Schacter

John Schacter

John Schacter, Ph.D. has served as vice president for the Milken Family Foundation, Senior Fellow at Stanford, and currently teaches at San Jose State. He has taught thousands of teachers and administrators how to use data to improve teaching and learning. John is the author of 3... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 8:15am - 9:45am
Delta Ballroom C

8:30am

Teaching Black Male Learners – Tacoma’s Initiative to Flip the Script and Eliminate Disparities
Motivated by years of shameful academic outcomes, Tacoma Public Schools has embarked on a social justice oriented and ambitious initiative to improve academic achievement for its African American male students. By explicitly examining teacher beliefs about students’ learning capabilities, infusing culturally responsive teaching in classrooms and utilizing data strategically, the initiative has catalyzed difficult conversations and changed instructional practices. As an introduction, presenters will share national, state and local data on Black males. Participants will then watch one short video clip from the documentary "Too Important to Fail" that helps to contextualize the crisis faced by schools and cities. Participants will then learn about the components of the TBML initiative, including its theory of action, various interventions and emerging data demonstrating its effect. The presentation will conclude with evidence of changes in teacher practice and expansion plans.

Speakers
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Roger Chow

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Tacoma School District
Roger A Chow began his educational career as a Special Education paraprofessional in Ft Lauderdale Florida, also worked as a teacher, a reading specialist, Secondary Director of Literacy. When wanting to put theory into action, his next incarnation was Administrator of two high schools... Read More →
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Ben Gauyan

Director, Secondary Education-Middle Schools, Tacoma Public Schools
Dr. Ben Gauyan has served in public education for over 20 years. He has held various positions from instructional assistant to Principal and now serves as Director of Secondary Education, Middle Schools at Tacoma Public Schools. In his spare time, Dr. Gauyan enjoys spending time... Read More →
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Patrick Johnson

Director of Equity and Academic Excellence, Tacoma Public Schools
Patrick Johnson currently serves as the Director of Equity and Academic Excellence for the Tacoma Public School District. For the past three years he served as the Director of Educauion at the elementary level supervising principals of 10 elementary schools. Prior to that he was an... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 8:30am - 9:30am
Delta Ballroom B

8:30am

What Student Writing Teaches Us: Using Student Writing to Inform Next Steps for Readers and Writers
The content of the presentation will focus on how to use student writing to inform literacy instruction. Because of the popularity of rubrics and benchmarking papers, using student writing in formative ways is often overlooked. Since student writing is generative, it provides a rich resource for understanding not only how our students compose in various genres, but also how they make meaning and how they apply knowledge of text structures and phonics/phonemic awareness. Student writing samples from primary and intermediate grades will be shared in this interactive presentation in order to clarify how these samples can be used by teachers of both reading and writing.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Overmeyer

Mark Overmeyer

28 years teaching and leadership experience in a Title I school district near Denver, CO Adjunct professor at University of Colorado at Denver Publications; What Student Writing Teaches Us and When Writing Workshop Isn't Working (Stenhouse) DVD: How Can I Support You? (Stenhouse... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 8:30am - 9:30am
Presidential C

8:30am

“Appogogy”: Choosing the right App for Maximum Student Engagement and Content Mastery
With the proliferation of BYOD (e.g., iPads, laptops, tablets) in Title 1 campuses, there is a growing need for educators to use proven strategies for choosing the right App or Web 2.0 tool for their content. Through collaborative conversation with teachers at 15 Title 1 Grade 3-8 campuses, we built a rubric based on Moersch’s research-based H.E.A.T. Framework (Higher Order Thinking, Engaged Learning, Authentic Connections, Technology Use) which can be used by any group to help make careful choices when selecting a digital tool or resource.



In this presentation we will share digital tools that have been thoroughly tested by the schools we coached during the 2011-12 school year -- tools that specifically support content mastery through higher levels of engagement, differentiation, and formative assessment. Participants will be using the "Choosing the Right Tool Rubric" to guide their own thinking about the factors which must be considered when choosing an App or an online tool.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Chris Moersch

Dr. Chris Moersch

National Business Ed Alliance
CEO, National Business Ed Alliance


Tuesday January 22, 2013 8:30am - 9:30am
Governors' A

8:30am

The IRA/NICHD Panel on Research on Reading-Writing Connections:Report, Discussion and Implications
IRA/NICHD panel members considered research on relationships between reading and writing, and had expertise in literacy processes, literacy instruction, assessment, special needs learners, and early childhood education. The panel was charged to create a document summarizing the current understanding of the reading-writing connection and to describe a set of priorities for future research on the connection. Findings focus on reading and writing processes and development; instructional issues; technology; measurement, tests, and assessment; research needs, and implementing the current knowledge base. The document, to be released in 2012, is intended to inform policy makers and funding agencies in setting priorities for research in the next 3-5 years, and to guide national, state, and local leaders and practitioners in improving literacy instruction with evidence-based practices. Panel members will summarize the report, followed by a discussion and time for audience interaction.


Speakers
avatar for Devon Brenner

Devon Brenner

Devon Brenner is professor of literacy at MSU. Her research focuses on the implementation of reading curriculum and students’ opportunity to read. She was recently a member of the Middle Grades Literacy: Reading and Language Arts panel of the National Board for Professional Teaching... Read More →
avatar for Steve Graham

Steve Graham

Steve Graham is the author of the influential Carnegie Reports Writing Next, Writing to Read, and Informing Writing. He is also the author of the Elementary Writing Guide published by What Works Clearinghouse. He is the former Editor of Contemporary Educational Psychology and Exceptional... Read More →
avatar for Karen Harris

Karen Harris

Karen R. Harris has worked in the field of education for over 35 years as a teacher, teacher educator, and researcher in literacy. Former editor of the Journal of Educational Psychology, she is senior editor of the American Psychological Association Educational Psychology Handbook... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 8:30am - 9:45am
Governors' B

9:00am

Flexibility At Last – Building Upon the SES Model for Improved Student Outcomes
With the new NCLB Waiver, LEAs have greater flexibility to redesign Supplemental Educational Services (SES) to customize extended learning to meet the needs of your district’s neediest students. Good news is on the horizon! School leaders and classroom teachers are invited to learn about innovative program design and supports with the Baltimore City Public School System, currently providing SES for over 6000 Title I students.



By the end of this session, conference attendees will return to their districts with strategies for developing public and private partnerships that work and meet the needs of the schools. Presenters will share a program design with an infrastructure that supports student attendance, manages service providers effectively while ensuring a return on the Title I investment. Participants will have an opportunity to address related fiscal issues and internal controls.


Speakers
avatar for Keshawn Golson

Keshawn Golson

Keshawn Golson works as an Educational Specialist in the Baltimore City Schools Office of Federal Programs/Title I supporting the implementation of SES and Parent Choice programs.
avatar for Naomi Hill

Naomi Hill

Dr. Naomi Hill . is an Educational Specialist in the Office of Federal Programs/Title I in the Baltimore City Public Schools. She oversees the implementation of Supplemental Educational Services and Parent Choice.
avatar for Tasha Johnson

Tasha Johnson

Tasha Franklin Johnson serves as the Director of the Office of Federal Programs/Title I for the Baltimore City Public Schools. She is a former classroom teacher and school administrator with research interests in culturally relevant practices and teacher preparation in urban scho... Read More →
avatar for Michael  Klapp

Michael Klapp

Michael Klapp graduated from the University of Central Florida and has worked in IT and IT consulting over 30 years. He currently works in the Baltimore City Schools Office of Federal Programs/Title I as an Application Developer.
avatar for Robin  Lopez

Robin Lopez

Robin Lopez is the Title I Manager in the Office of Federal Programs/Title I for Baltimore City Public Schools. Wtih 15 years experience, she has been a teacher, mentor, literacy professional developer, and Specialist with the Maryland State Department of Education and Baltimore County... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Presidential B

9:00am

Is Your School-Parent Compact Linked to Student Achievement Goals? Ten Steps to Effective Compacts
This presentation will explain how to revitalize Title I School-Parent Compacts - moving from a routine requirement to a powerful tool for collaborating with families to improve their child's academic achievement. This workshop will show you how to engage parents in designing grade-level Compacts that are linked to the goals of the school improvement plan and use specific and meaningful learning strategies in the classroom and at home.

Participants will engage in interactive activities with sample templates and tools they can use right away along with a new 10-step process developed with Title I schools in Connecticut. They will learn about the research-based evidence that says why the process of truly engaging parents in creating the Compact is as important as the product. Participants will also take a tour of Connecticut's new online video coaching toolkit that walks schools through the process for creating a School-Parent Compact that will get results (website is freely available).

Speakers
avatar for Patricia  Avallone

Patricia Avallone

Selected as CT's Teacher of the Year in 1995, Patti went on to become an elementary and middle school principal and most recently served as Title I Director for the City of New Haven. Currently she is a consultant to CT DOE in family engagement and an executive coach for urban principals... Read More →
avatar for Judy Carson

Judy Carson

As manager of the CT School-Family-Community Partnership Project, Judy Carson develops programs and policies related to family engagement and family literacy. Her Ph.D. is in Social Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University with a focus on the intersection of family and... Read More →
avatar for Anne  Henderson

Anne Henderson

Anne T Henderson, a best-selling author and expert on family-school partnerships. She works across the country as a speaker, professional developer, and thought partner with SEAs, school districts, community groups, foundations and government organizations.


Tuesday January 22, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Governors' C

9:30am

School Culture and Student Behavior - Programs that Work
This session begins with an opportunity to hear from selected distinguished schools about how they are working to support and create a high quality and caring schoolwide culture and learning environment. The session will begin with an overview by each school team sharing their experience, challenges and strategies to develop, maintain and strengthen a caring and respectful culture in their schools. Once the overview is complete attendees may choose an individual school breakout of specific interest for a more in-depth presentation and conversation.


Tuesday January 22, 2013 9:30am - 11:45am
Ryman Ballroom A

10:00am

Common Core Standards Look-fors Guide Teacher-Led Classroom Walkthroughs
The implementation of the Common Core State Standards means educators need to have a deeper conceptual understanding of the English Language Arts, Mathematics and fluency with student-centered teaching practices. With the implementation of the Standards, it is vitally important for school administrators and staff interested in engaging their faculty on the Standards to use an embedded form of professional development known as “teacher-led classroom walkthroughs.” The idea for this session is to show how to engage teachers in continuous and sustained learning about their practices related to the Common Core Standards in a setting in which they actually work. Most important is to focus on how to create a teacher-led walk-through model that gives opportunities for teachers to observe and be observed followed by them sharing through those observations reflective discussions on how to change and improve their Common Core curricula and teaching practices.

Speakers
avatar for Donald Kachur

Donald Kachur

Dr. Donald Kachur is Professor Emeritus of Education from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Illinois State University, Normal, IL. He was the lead author of the book (2010) titled, "Classroom Walkthroughs to Improve Teaching and Learning."


Tuesday January 22, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
Governors' A

10:00am

It's Not Complicated: What I Know About Helping Our Students of Color Become Successful Readers
If Nelson Mandela can leave prison and become president of the country that imprisoned him, if man can reach the moon, if the Boston Red Sox can break a 90-year losing streak, then surely we can help students of color to become readers. Hunter addresses twelve pivotal understandings and practices that encourage successful reading -- from giving kids more access to books to knowing how to navigate nonfiction, stressing academic vocabulary, providing around-the-clock oral language opportunities, using response to intervention to break the cycle of failure, and supporting families of color, and more -- that every educator who works with a diverse population should understand. As Hunter maintains, "Reading is a civil right."

Speakers
avatar for Phyllis Hunter

Phyllis Hunter

Hunter is an award-winning veteran educator who worked as a district reading manager, principal, and speech/language therapist. She serves on the advisory boards of national literacy organizations, including Consortium for Reading Excellence (CORE) and the National Center for Family... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
Presidential C

10:00am

The Critical Words Your Students Must Master to be Successful with the Common Core Standards
Delineate, Integrate, Point of View…Researchers estimate 85% of achievement tests are based on the vocabulary of the standards. Led by ASCD author, Marilee Sprenger, learn the critical words in the Common Core Standards and how to teach them in ways to make them part of your students’ long-term memories and an automatic part of your students’ vocabulary. They will use these Tier Two words at home, at school, and in their careers. Build self-confidence and extend their knowledge base.

Speakers
avatar for Marilee Sprenger

Marilee Sprenger

Marilee Sprenger is considered an expert in education on all matters related to the brain and learning. Using research and a sense of humor, Marilee leaves her audiences with immediately implemented practical technique. She is an adjunct professor at Aurora University and the author... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
Delta Ballroom B

10:30am

Getting from X to Why?: Using Increased Understanding to Assist Students and Teachers with Math
Do the programs you use to support your students and teachers in learning mathematics focus on acquisition of skills or acquisition of understanding? The development of mathematical understanding in your the teachers and in your students can provide a robust foundation for long term mathematics understanding and skill. Understandings based predominately on procedural / algorithmic knowledge provides less long-term residual skill and application ability for students. Given the growing changes in mathematical expectations for students, school and district leaders are encouraged to consider changes that provide more residual and cumulative impacts on student skill and understanding.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Dougherty

Barbara Dougherty

Barbara J. Dougherty served on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). She was a former special education teacher and is currently a co-PI on two IES grants focusing on progress monitoring and curriculum for struggling learners.
avatar for Karen  Karp

Karen Karp

Karen has been involved in working with teachers and students in learning mathematics with a particular focus on high-needs students. This includes the development of materials, PD and national projects working to address these needs.


Tuesday January 22, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Presidential D

10:30am

Success Starts at Home: Engaging Parents for Student Achievement
What really creates effective parents? How can we create sustainable, meaningful parent engagement that promotes student achievement? What produces positive parent leaders?

Hear success stories from districts across the nation that are involved with Parenting Partners—a pioneering, comprehensive, dynamic means for building positive, engaged parent leaders. Hear the best practices of more than 80,000 Title I parents. You’ll find evidence that parents can be a great solution in raising student achievement.

Patty Bunker, founder, author, and national trainer, will demonstrate key practices in parent engagement that are manageable, transferable, and sustainable. Practices include presenters in teams, multiplying parent leaders, the 40 Assets, Epstein's Six Types and more.

Entertaining, interactive, and practical, this session will deliver key strategies with fun, easy-to-present parent leadership skills and practical ideas for boosting student achievement through parent engagement.


Speakers
avatar for Patty Bunker

Patty Bunker

Patty Bunker, Family Leadership’s Founder & National Dir. of Parent Engagement & Training, has trained 100’s of districts in the Parenting Partners model, producing 80,000+ Title I parent leaders. She’s a family counselor, conference speaker, professor & author of two best-selling... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Delta Ballroom C

10:30am

Targeting Interventions for the Most At-Risk: Collaborations for Homeless Students
Students experiencing homelessness often have some of the most complex challenges to academic success which can have devastating effects on academic performance. Both the Title I and McKinney-Vento Acts provide a vehicle to ensuring positive academic outcomes for homeless students through collaboration, coordination, and complimentary provisions. This session will examine a basic outline for legal provisions that allow for interventions tailored to this group of students. Scenarios and interaction with experts from both programs at the local and state level will help participants move from policy lessons to implementation using examples of effective practices and quality programming that can be implemented in the home districts and states of session participants.

Speakers
avatar for Lori Bruce

Lori Bruce

Dr. Bruce has been a Federal Programs Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for 6 years. She has worked as a teacher, building administrator, and central office coordinator. Dr. Bruce is also an adjunct clinical professor at the University of North Ca... Read More →
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Christina Endres

Program Specialist, National Center for Homeless Education
Christina Endres is a Program Specialist with the National Center for Homeless Education. Prior to joining NCHE, she worked for 10 years as a state coordinator for homeless education. Christina also served as a state coordinator for Even Start. She started her career providing direct... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Knowles

Catherine Knowles

Ms. Knowles has been a leading advocate for homeless students for over a decade. As Homeless Education Program Supervisor, she ensures nearly 2,500 homeless students have the things they need to succeed in school every year.
avatar for Lisa  Phillips

Lisa Phillips

Ms. Phillips serves as the North Carolina State Coordinator. She has worked as an assistant principal, school social worker, parent liaison and North Carolina School Social Work Association board member. Ms. Phillips has experience with team building, grant writing, and at-risk youth... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Governors' B

10:45am

10:45am

Reauthorization and Key Issues: Reauthorization, Common Core, Waivers

Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) remains one of many important issues facing educators and our schools. In addition, other national topics such as: standards, assessments, waivers, early childhood, teacher education need to be incorporated into the rewriting of ESEA. This session will examine how these elements will be incorporated into the conversation between the Administration and Congress.


Speakers

Tuesday January 22, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm
Delta Ballroom D

10:45am

Testing Your Time and Effort: The Rules on Allowability for Federally Paid Employees.
This presentation will be based on programmatic and fiscal allowability rules relating to personnel costs in Title I, A programs. It will cover the allowability rules under Title I,A,OMB Circular A-87 and A-133 and EDGAR. This presentation will provide practical examples of time and effort documentation that has not been compliant as well as practical ideas on how to deal with certain costs, including but not limited to: temporary personnel, overtime, split funded personnel and schoolwide flexibility. The presentation will include test questions for attendees to review their knowledge or the requirements and provide citations for the rules so that they can reference the requirements later. Finally the presentation will cover the proposed time and effort changes.

Speakers
avatar for Tiffany Winters

Tiffany Winters

Tiffany R. Winters joined Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC in July 2006. Ms. Winters provides legal advice, consulting services, audit defense, trainings and mock monitoring visits of Title I programs for compliance. Ms. Winters regularly contributes to Thompson Publishing Groups’s p... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm
Governors' C

10:45am

Using the Common Core State Standards to Drive Student Achievement and School Improvement
The Common Core State Standards have the potential to revolutionize American education. Informed by leading education models around the world and grounded in evidence of the knowledge students must have to succeed in college and careers, the standards give educators a consistent and focused picture of the skills that are most essential to children’s development. Alberti will discuss the major instructional shifts required by the standards, including the evidence behind the shifts. These same shifts will be represented in both consortia assessments. Also in this session, suggested tools and strategies for using the standards to improve teaching and learning will be presented.




Speakers

Tuesday January 22, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm
Presidential B

1:00pm

Solving for X: Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Essentials
John Hunter, teacher and creator of the World Peace Game will share how to use real world-inspired problems to teach children how to work collaboratively, engage, and take ownership of their own learning. He calls his open-ended approach demonstrated in the World Peace Game as teaching students how to survive and thrive in the unknown with confidence that they have the ability to solve most anything with thinking and communication skills.










Speakers
avatar for John Hunter

John Hunter

John Hunter is an award-winning teacher who has dedicated his life to helping children realize their full potential. During his university years, he traveled and studied comparative religions and philosophy throughout Japan, India, and China. It was while in India that John Hunter... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Delta Ballroom

2:15pm

Both Sides of the Pyramid - Meeting the Needs of - Every Kid - Every School - Every Day
Presenters address the academic and behavioral sides of the Napa Valley Unified Response to Intervention Pyramid. Our Positive Behavioral Intervention Support and Read 180/System 44 programs will be highlighted. These programs have achieved transformational results and become the most successful district-wide implementations in memory. Results include reduced suspensions/expulsions with more than a $250,000 savings. Academic results were also impressive, with sharply decreased numbers of students needing interventions or referred to Special Education. Lessons learned about successful district-wide program implementation are specific yet flexible enough to provide practical guidance to adapt to many implementation efforts. Common threads include: the absolute need for district level vision and leadership, program champions, careful program selection, layered professional development, coaching, data collection, monitoring, and analysis, communication, and celebration.






Speakers
avatar for Stephen  Perry

Stephen Perry

Steve Perry, Ph.D. (University of MI, Ann Arbor) has taught at the Middle School, Undergraduate, and Graduate levels. He has served as a School Psych., Day Treatment Director, Elementary Prin., site Supervisor of Sp. Ed., Regional Supervisor of Sp. Ed., and Student Assistance Program... Read More →
avatar for Laura Ryan

Laura Ryan

Laura Ryan, Ed.D. has been an educator since 1979 when she taught kindergarten and first grade for 13 years. Since then, she has been a resource specialist, elementary school principal, District Level Administrator, Director of Special Education, and Administrator of Interventions... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Presidential D

2:15pm

How to Prepare for an Audit, Techniques for Reducing and Eliminating Adverse Findings
An audit can be stressful and disruptive. With proper preparation, the audit process can be successfully managed and result in improved program administration. For 30 years, Leigh Manasevit has assisted districts and states in successfully navigating federal audits. This session gives strategies for preparing for an audit and working cooperatively with the auditors throughout the process. The presenter will review case studies of recent audits for examples of both good and bad practices. Learn what tricky Title I requirements are most commonly reviewed and how to avoid or minimize costly findings. Areas covered Include supplanting, time and effort, unallowable costs, and other complex rules.

Speakers
avatar for Leigh Manasevit

Leigh Manasevit

Leigh Manasevit has been practicing education law since 1974. Mr. Manasevit is one of two founding partners of Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC, a law practice that addresses legal issues involving educational institutions public, private, elementary & secondary, or postsecondary on the... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Delta Ballroom C

2:15pm

The New Hampshire Scalable Model to Increase Kindergarten Readiness

The New Hampshire presentation will share our success story of multi-state agency and rural school district collaboration to build an infrastructure of early learning support.

New Hampshire does not offer public preschool, outside of Special Education and Head Start, and was last in the nation to require Kindergarten. In recent years our rate for children in poverty has grown. Using data, a research based module parent training program from The Children’s Reading Foundation, New Hampshire has fortified numerous rural communities

that need support in early learning. Using "Annual Growth", "Catch-Up Growth" we established the data to support an early learning initiative. Through the use of data we identified target audiences, a research based method of success to serve children early, the pathway through schools to reach parents and then leveraged funds to create the means.


Speakers
avatar for Patricia Ewen

Patricia Ewen

Currently the Early Childhood Consultant for the New Hampshire Department of Education (DOE), Patty has been working in education for over 20 years. For public schools K – 3rd grade, Patty’s work encompasses the DOE strategic plan including the Common Core State Standards and... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Governors' B

2:30pm

Every Child. . .Success! RTI Processes and Interventions That Work!
Our middle school has created an RTI team process that has been very successful. We have established practices/interventions such as Success Class mid-day, Success on Saturday classes, and Jump Start summer classes that really make a difference for students. Our RTI team will share experience and insights gained while implementing a culture of success for every child. We will have a District RTI coordinator, our Principal, Counselor, Reading Specialist, and classroom teachers on our presentation team.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Arnold

Wendy Arnold

Math teacher, experienced school counselor grades K -2, 6-8, Test Coordinator
avatar for Debbie  Barnett

Debbie Barnett

Math teacher, Alabama State Department of Education Assessment Specialist and Trainer, Assistant Principal, NLMS
avatar for Carol Martin

Carol Martin

Director of Instruction and Intervention, Sylacauga City Schools
An educator for over 30 years, I was a English/Reading teacher grades 5 - 12, an administrator, high school Principal, and now District Coordinator. My specialty areas have always been at-risk students, team building, and interventions for success. I am an enthusiastic and experienced... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Presidential C

2:30pm

Progress Monitoring at Work: Launching a School-wide System
Hoffman-Boston is a diverse school with 400 PreK-Grade 5 students speaking 25 different languages, 65% ESOL learners and 70% eligible for free or reduced meals. We designed a three tier approach: creating a data team comprised of teacher leaders from core areas; establishing Student-centered Learning Teams, and designing a K-5 system of data protocols focused on schoolwide, grade level, class and individual monthly progress monitoring.

Student-Centered Learning Teams (SCLT’s) include teachers assigned to a grade (classroom, coaches, spec.ed.& ESOL teachers). Protocols include: monitoring and managing a comprehensive student “watch list”,monthly grade level data analysis of achievement and targeted professional development, monthly identification of intervention/ acceleration strategies for students on the “watchlist” (including instructional intervention, academic/behavioral goal, person responsible, time, assessment)and monitoring individual student acceleration plans.


Speakers
avatar for Maria Grabowsky

Maria Grabowsky

Maria Grabowsky is a nationally known literacy consultant who has worked in school districts in VA, MD, NY and TX over 16 years to build comprehensive school-wide literacy programs through continuous school improvement initiatives, PK-12. Maria is the Title I Literacy Coach at Hoffman-Boston... Read More →
avatar for Donna Snyder

Donna Snyder

Dr. Donna Snyder has held numerous positions in the field of education over the past 25 years. She began her professional career in Montgomery County, Maryland where she served as an elementary teacher, curriculum specialist, and elementary school principal. She led a Title I school... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Governors' A

2:30pm

The Gamification of Math: Research, Gaming Theory, and Common Core Math Fluencies
This session begins by identifying the research underlying "gamification", the practice of applying the motivational elements of gaming in non-game settings. These elements, which are actually prevalent in our daily lives, have a solid foundation in behavioral, cognitive, and neuropsychology research. When applied to digital games, they can become nearly addictive drivers of behavior. How can we exploit them to re-engage our disaffected and struggling students? What does it mean to leverage adaptive leveling, immediate feedback, transparent progress, and intriguing math tasks to build resiliency and conceptual and procedural fluency? A skills trace through the CCSS for Mathematics will identify content ripe for gamification. A review of successful and unsuccessful models of instructional gaming will provide a framework for creating and evaluating games along with broader lessons for managing classroom environments that foster resilience.

Speakers
avatar for David Dockterman

David Dockterman

Dockterman is adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and chief architect, learning sciences at Scholastic Education. Co-founder of Tom Snyder Productions, an educational software pioneer, he is a teacher who has designed dozens of award-winning computer programs... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Delta Ballroom B

2:30pm

National Title I Association Partner Organizations
This session will allow attendees to garner information about the support, research and services these important professional partners can deliver to schools and districts to increase achievement for all students. After an overview by each organization participants may choose a breakout to learn even more about the work of specific affiliate organization.


Tuesday January 22, 2013 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Ryman Ballroom A

3:00pm

Effective ESEA Flexibility Implementation: Using data, including graduation rates to identify subgroup intervention in focus and other Title I schools
States with approved ESEA flexibility requests must use data to select and implement interventions in Title I schools with the greatest achievement gaps (focus schools) and to provide supports to ensure continuous improvement in other Title I schools. Presenters will discuss the Federal requirements that apply to these schools and discuss strategies for using data, including graduation rate data, for identifying interventions.


Tuesday January 22, 2013 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Delta Ballroom D

3:00pm

Supporting High Quality Pre-school through Title I, Part A

High-quality preschool programs supported with Title I funds can help ensure that children have the foundation they need to achieve success throughout elementary and secondary school, and beyond. Using the revised Title I Non-regulatory guidance, this session will highlight successful programs and provide clarity regarding the use of Title I funds to implement high-quality preschool programs.


Speakers

Tuesday January 22, 2013 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Presidential B

3:00pm

Title I, Part A Equitable Services 101: Everything you wanted to know about providing equitable services to eligible students attending private schools but were afraid to ask.
This session will address the requirements governing equitable services to eligible private school students under Title I, Part A. It is geared toward people who are new to equitable services or would like to refresh their knowledge in this area.

Speakers

Tuesday January 22, 2013 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Governors' C

3:30pm

3:45pm

Classroom Cooperative: A Collaborative Schoolwide Reform Project Across States and Contexts
This presentation will include a description of a collaborative project between two urban Title I schools that are making great strides toward schoolwide reform. We will explore the collaboration between the two schools (one from Virginia and one from Florida) through the perspectives of the principals, the reading coaches and a university professor who is partnering with the schools. We will explore the nature of effective professional development, the use of technology and social media to facilitate in-depth lesson study, and how each school has promoted thoughtful and adaptable instruction that meets the needs of all children.

We will describe the system that supported teachers in internalizing and taking ownership of effective reform principles, giving them latitude to determine how they can best be implemented in their own school settings.


Speakers
avatar for Bessie Cooper

Bessie Cooper

Mrs. Cooper is the principal of Bensley Elementary School. She is a former reading coach and classroom teacher. She has led Bensley in increased achievement resulting in several Title I awards
avatar for Connie  Farish

Connie Farish

Mrs. Farish is the principal of Weis Elementary School. She has a proven track record of leadership in transforming chronically low achieving schools.
avatar for Betty  Harvey

Betty Harvey

Mrs. Harvey is the reading coach at Weis elementary School. She is a former 4th grade teacher and has over 20 years experience working with struggling readers in inner city schools.
avatar for Kathleen Heubach

Kathleen Heubach

Dr. Heubach is an associate professor of reading education at the University of West Florida. She is a former reading teacher who continues to work with schools that are striving to overcome the odds related to high poverty chronic low achievement.
avatar for Patricia Kelly

Patricia Kelly

Mrs. Kelly is the reading coach at Bensley Elementary School in Chesterfield County VIrginia. She is an integral part of the leadership team that has led Bensley to consistently high achievement in light of great odds.


Tuesday January 22, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Delta Ballroom C

3:45pm

The Excellence Challenge: Five Essential Practices for Transforming Mathematics Programs
The potential for positive change in mathematics is present in all schools, even in low-income schools with many second language learners, in the form of capable students, teachers, coaches, and principals. Without a doubt educators in schools are working extremely hard. But schools' potential energy can turn into effective kinetic energy, only when resources are applied in the right direction. Chris Confer and Marco Ramirez present five essential practices that can transform an often overwhelming process into a set of comprehensible and concrete steps. Each phase of the process is brought to life through the stories and perspectives of teachers, coaches, and principals—stories that will strike familiar chords for educators.



Chris and Marco will engage participants in video analyses, challenging discussions, and application exercises designed to breathe life into these practices, and to open up new possibilities for those responsible for the educational lives of low income children.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Confer

Christine Confer

A long-time educator and consultant, Chris wrote 4 books and co-authored one: Teaching Number Sense: Kindergarten, and Gr 1; Math By All Means: Geometry, Gr 1-2; Sizing Up Measurement: Activities for Gr 3-5; and Small Steps, Big Changes: 8 Essential Practices for Transforming Schools... Read More →
avatar for Marco  Ramirez

Marco Ramirez

Principal 14 yrs, consultant 22 yrs, Principal Coach, iMilken Educator of Year 2006; authored article in Beyond Good Teaching: Advancing Mathematics Education for ELLs, NCTM, 2012 Co-author Small Steps, Big Changes: Eight Essential Practices for Transforming Schools Through Mathematics... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Presidential D

3:45pm

Turning Schools Around: The Critical Elements of School Reform
The ESEA Flexibility Waiver provides states the opportunity to reinvent school accountability while focusing on turning around the nation's lowest performing schools. However, are its requirements sufficient to accomplish large-scale improvement? The waiver emphasizes Turnaround Principles that priority schools must implement. These align to over three decades of school reform literature which confirm that these characteristics exist in effective schools...once they are effective. Yet, more attention needs to be given to how to manage change in under-performing schools as they venture along the road to effectiveness. The waiver is silent on this important topic. Today's leaders need to think differently about how the desired characteristics are influenced by the process of managing change in low performing schools. This session will describe the critical elements that local, state, and national leaders must take into account in order for school reform efforts to be successful.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Underwood

Steve Underwood

Steve directs Idaho’s support mechanisms that target school and district improvement needs, such as building the capacity of local leaders, implementing RTI, parent and community engagement, and oversight of the School Improvement Grant. His research interests are in large-scale... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Governors' B

4:00pm

Engaging ALL Readers in Genre Study: An Inquiry Approach
The presentation will begin with a explanation of why the understanding of genre is significant in processing texts with high levels of comprehension and essential to having the knowledge and skills to write in a specific genre. References will be made to the work of Randy Bomer, Heather Lattimer, and Gay Su Pinnell.

Next, participants will be led through the six major steps of creating a genre study: 1. Collect. 2. Immerse. 3. Study. 4. Define. 5. Teach. 6. Read and Revise. This Genre Study is an inquiry-based model which strongly encourages and values the contributions of each reader in the class, regardless of reading ability. Collaboration and authentic conversation are key. (Based on work of Fountas & Pinnell, Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction and Nonfiction Books.)

The presenter will share her own "case study" of Genre Study in a classroom, suggestions for implementing a Genre Study as a part of a reading/writing workshop, and lists of exemplar books for each genre.

Speakers
avatar for Sherry Kinzel

Sherry Kinzel

Sherry Kinzel is a trainer for the Literacy Collaborative at The Ohio State University. She currently trains literacy coaches for elementary and middle schools. She also provides professional development for teachers, coaches, and principals in implementing effective literacy pra... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Presidential C

4:00pm

Family Engagement: One More Compliance Box or A Real Strategy for Student Success?

Everyone loves family engagement. But far fewer people believe that quality family engagement can lead to increased student learning. In this session, we will talk first about how we define and think about "family engagement” in our schools and districts. And we’ll tackle the research: What kinds of family engagement programs work? What kinds don’t? We’ll then talk about districts that successfully engage low-income parents in academics (with success defined as improved student outcomes) and how they do that. Last, we’ll cover some promising practices from nonprofits that have proven to better involve families in their children’s schools.


Speakers

Tuesday January 22, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Delta Ballroom B

4:00pm

Response to Intervention: Strategies for Teaching Mathematics for Grades 3-8

Participants will learn to adapt classroom lessons for a diverse group of learners in grades 3-8. The speakers will share evidence-based strategies from the IES Practice Guide (Gersten et al., 2009) such as concrete-semi-concrete-abstract (CSA) and others that emphasize developing a balanced understanding of both concepts and skills. Participants will experience classroom-tested tasks that create more robust learning and focus on ways in which to question students to promote learning and to assess in a formative way. This session will also discuss the use of assessments such as: 1) diagnostic interviews to carefully tailor instruction for students who struggle with learning mathematics and; 2) progress monitoring tools that emphasize conceptual understanding. By sharing a variety of classroom-tested activities, the presenters will show how to link Common Core State Standards to engaging and motivating mathematics instruction.


Speakers
avatar for David Barnes

David Barnes

While on the staff at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has been working diligently to increase the cooperation be mathematics educators and Title I professionals in support of students and teaches engaged in mathematics learning.
avatar for Barbara Dougherty

Barbara Dougherty

Barbara J. Dougherty served on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). She was a former special education teacher and is currently a co-PI on two IES grants focusing on progress monitoring and curriculum for struggling learners.
avatar for Karen Karp

Karen Karp

Karen is a professor of mathematics education at the University of Louisville. She was an elementary school teacher on Long Island in New York. Karen is a co-author of Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally and other books. former member of the NCTM Board... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Governors' A
 
Wednesday, January 23
 

8:15am

Assessment Literacy: What Teachers Need to Know and Resources Available
In today's educational arena, it is critical for teachers to understand the fundamental concepts and procedures of assessment literacy. With an increased focus on data driven decision making and student assessment results, teachers must develop a level of understanding in a variety of assessment types. Educators will be provided with the fundamental differences in the types of assessments and the importance of aligning instruction to assessment. Understanding why assessment is critical, various test biases, and validity and reliability will be discussed. Topics of preparing for testing and constructing rubrics will also be covered.

This knowledge and practice can be implemented at any level and in any content. The critical component is that teacher understand assessments and apply and use the data to effectively teach children. Academic success of our students is the desired outcome.

Assessment literacy is about student learning.


Speakers
avatar for Christy Bloomquist

Christy Bloomquist

Christy has been active in the education field for the past 18 years. She has taught at the elementary and middle school level in the classroom, ELL, Title I & special ed. She is currently the director of assessments and is pursing a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction through Utah... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 8:15am - 9:45am
Governors' B

8:15am

Principals as Partners, Coaches as Collaborators
This session will introduce you to a three pronged plan for building a collegial culture with the principal as a partner and the instructional coach as a collaborator. Participants will learn to conduct autopsies without blame, build a culture of discipline through school-wide PLCs, and reach consensus of non-negotiables of best practice. It will be shown how these processes increase teacher reflection and collaboration and student achievement and growth. This plan utilized an effective melding of research practices by Jim Collins, Richard DuFour and Robert Marzano as the foundation of focus on mathematics for the 2011-12 school year, resulting in nearly a 20% increase in proficiency on state assessment. Participants will learn how to analyze data, develop responsive action plans and refine strategies for engaging in difficult conversations to focus on what is best for students and improve the quality of instruction. Moving from Good to Great! Coached by authors Nina Morel & Carla Cushman

Speakers
avatar for Emily Stafford

Emily Stafford

Emily Stafford is a servant leader at heart. Over the last 13 years, she has served as a Title I teacher, a 5th grade teacher, TN Data Driven School Counselor of the Year, instructional coach and district instructional coordinator. This experience displays her passion of teaching... Read More →
avatar for Cindy  Swafford

Cindy Swafford

Cindy Swafford is a coaching administrator. She has served education for 26 years as a teacher, athletic coach, administrator and mentor. She leads by example and solicits her team in collegial decision making processes.


Wednesday January 23, 2013 8:15am - 9:45am
Presidential D

8:15am

Seven Signatures of Successful School Sites: Can You Read the Writing on the Wall?
As a consultant who works concurrently in highly successful sites and also in failing schools, Dr. Bone has discerned 7 very specific "signatures" that always appear in the successful sites and almost never show up in failing schools. These Significant 7 are somewhat surprising and can be addressed with reasonable speed and strong impact once they are identified. When school leaders can make a list and learn about very specific examples of the Significant 7, they will leave with a "take away", not just a theory. For example, one of the 7 has to do with the color "green" and this has relevance to research in cognitive science that will also be presented. Leaders will hear stories from the field about ways that failing schools made changes and how successful schools harness the power of the 7 through creative, inexpensive strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Bone

Linda Bone

Karges-Bone is the author of 28 books for teachers and host of a national radio program on parenting. Her 2012 Title I Seattle program was standing room only and selected for video taping. Tenured professor training future teachers to work in high poverty sites. Keynotes and workshops... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 8:15am - 9:45am
Delta Ballroom C

8:30am

From Dark Age to Digital Age
Technology offers educators effective ways to reach different types of learners and assess student understanding through multiple means. It also enhances the relationship between teacher and student. When technology is effectively integrated into subject areas, teachers grow into roles of adviser, content expert, and coach. Technology helps make teaching and learning more meaningful and fun. This session will provide educators an opportunity to view instructional strategies of old followed by a redesigned approach to reach 21st Century learners. The presenters will model commonly used instructional strategies followed by technology enhanced strategies using Web 2.0 tools that will motivate and engage all learners. To increase achievement, decrease drop-out rates, and ensure all students are college and career-ready, technology is an essential component to instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Terri Barclay

Terri Barclay

As an Early Grade Instructional Specialist, Terri works with the Early Reading First grant and curriculum specialists in research-based early childhood practices. Her background is in early grades, elementary, PK-12 special education, Title I, technology integration, and instructional... Read More →
avatar for Kathi Tiefenthaler

Kathi Tiefenthaler

As the School Support Unit Director, Kathi works with schools K-12 to increase student achievement. She utilizes research based practices in trainings & offers onsite technical assistance for schools. Her experience in Title I, Middle School, Reading First, Striving Readers & School... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 8:30am - 9:30am
Presidential C

8:30am

Practical Steps for Dramatic Results: The Story of US Grant High School
In 2009, US Grant High School had a graduation rate of 50%, earned an API of 0 out of 1500 for several subgroups, and was in Year 4 of school improvement. As a result, US Grant was identified as one of Oklahoma's lowest performing schools and subsequently, was awarded a School Improvement Grant (SIG). Two years later, US Grant is showing a 300% increase in Algebra I proficiency, a 224% increase in Biology I proficiency, and a 52% increase in English II proficiency, and out of the 206 seniors who were not on track to graduate in August, all but 4 met graduation requirements by May. How did US Grant HS do it? They took practical steps and expected dramatic results. This presentation will provide information on the two most effective strategies implemented by US Grant in the past two years: Professional Learning Communities and regular data analysis. Information will be provided on effective implementation, challenges faced, and practical tips for duplication.

Speakers
avatar for Kristi Gray

Kristi Gray

Dr. Kristi Gray is a Transformation Coach at US Grant High School, a successful Turnaround Model School. She has experience in urban, suburban, and rural school districts. Her doctorate is in Curriculum, Instruction, and Leadership, and she has presented at numerous state leadership... Read More →
avatar for Jackie Mania

Jackie Mania

Jackie Mania is an experienced educator who has provided support to Oklahoma’s lowest performing schools and districts in need of improvement for over five years. Jackie is also pursuing a Ph.D., specializing in the role of the district central office in sustained school improv... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 8:30am - 9:30am
Governors' A

8:30am

Transforming and Monitoring Instruction: Access to Quality Instruction for all Students in K5 Math
Through coordinated efforts of a regional ESA and 16 elementary schools, teams of teachers and educational professionals transformed mathematics instruction. Key to the transformation was job-embedded professional development designed to enhance the mathematical content of participants and challenge them to strengthen instruction. The PD received included math academies that stretched mathematical content knowledge and provided time to connect and apply new knowledge for student learning. Presenters will share how PLC structures were developed to guide participants in collecting, interpreting and monitoring student progress through the use of data. Data provided information for students to receive individualized instruction with embedded supports. Through the collaboration of GRREC, Western Kentucky University, Whizz Education, Inc., and Carnegie Learning, student achievement in mathematics increased. The data and implementation from two Title I schools will be highlighted.


Speakers
avatar for Sandra Baker

Sandra Baker

Sandra Baker is the Associate Director of Learning Support for GRREC. She provides support to 36 school districts in the areas of curriculum, assessment, and instruction. Ms. Baker is a frequent conference speaker and facilitator of PD for teachers and educational leaders, statewide... Read More →
avatar for Kasey Bratcher

Kasey Bratcher

Kasey enjoyed 8 years teaching mathematics and has spent the last 5 years delivering Professional Development for K-12 teachers. She is currently a Manager of School Partnerships with Carnegie Learning and continues to deliver PD focusing on student centered classroom with 21st century... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Judd

Kevin Judd

Kevin Judd serves as a Vice President for Whizz Education. Mr. Judd taught mathematics for 12 years before spending 5 years as a math specialist and curriculum administrator in the public school system. He holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Policy Studies from the University... Read More →
avatar for Patti Whetstone

Patti Whetstone

Dr. Whetstone is a Research Associate at Educational Testing and Evaluation at University of Kansas. Her experiences as Diagnostician, State Dir. of Special Ed. and Professor provide knowledge regarding data for improvement. At WKU, Dr. Whetstone worked with staff in design of research... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 8:30am - 9:30am
Delta Ballroom B

9:00am

Core Principles for Managing Title I Effectively

Ensuring compliance with Title I requirements requires state and local educational agencies to navigate a complex network of rules and regulations, especially in light of ESEA Flex. This presentation will focus on the internal control systems needed to effectively manage Title I programs.



Topics include: core principles for effective grants management; internal control standards; common audit or monitoring findings; practical strategies for strengthening grants management systems; and reducing audit or monitoring risks.



Developing robust internal control systems to manage federal funds can facilitate compliance and help to reduce the risk of audit or monitoring findings in the future.


Speakers
avatar for Sheara Krvaric

Sheara Krvaric

Sheara Krvaric is a co-founder of the Federal Education Group, which provides strategic advice, compliance counseling, implementation assistance, and training to states and school districts on how to use and manage federal grants to support K-12 programs.


Wednesday January 23, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Governors' C

9:00am

Detailed Guidance for Implementing A Successful Title I Private School Equitable Services Program
This session will provide Local Educational Agency (LEA’s) Title I personnel and other involved stakeholders with guidance for planning and implementing a successful high quality Title I Private School Equitable Services Educational Program. A sample of a LEA’s current Title I private school program systemic procedures will be reviewed.

Speakers
avatar for Cleophas Jones

Cleophas Jones

Cleophas Jones Ed.D., is a Title I Coordinator for the DeKalb County School District, in Stone Mountain, Georgia. During the past twelve years he has served the children of DeKalb in different capacities, and he has done each duty with the utmost level of care, commitment, and concern... Read More →
avatar for Safiyyah Shahid

Safiyyah Shahid

Ms. Shahid is the director of the Clara Mohammed private school located in Atlanta, Georgia. Director Shahid has over 25 years of dedicated educational services to students served at the school.
avatar for Anthony Threat

Anthony Threat

Anthony Threat is a Title I Education Program Specialist in the state of Georgia with over 25 years of educational experience


Wednesday January 23, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Presidential B

9:00am

GLEE (Government Lawyers’ Excellent EDventure): Season II
Explore legal issues regarding Title I and other Federal education programs with two of ED’s most experienced attorneys.





Wednesday January 23, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Delta Ballroom D

10:00am

Sustaining Turnaround Efforts and Lessons Learned Through the Federal School Improvement Grant
This session will provide an overview of the national landscape on the Federal School Improvement Grant and efforts to sustain practices that exhibit promise. The session will highlight resources and tools that might be useful for states, districts and schools as these important conversations begin.


Wednesday January 23, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Ryman Ballroom A

10:00am

How Using the Right Data Changed Instruction and Improved Title I Students’ Reading Scores
A Title 1 teacher and a national reading expert show how data from 2 new assessments at a MD school drove powerful instructional changes for Title I students in grades 1–4. Even the lowest scoring students’ reading comprehension scores improved remarkably over a school year. The session includes descriptions of:

•Assessments that are quickly administered and provide data for planning instruction

•Data for actual Title I students that show improved fluency, accuracy, decoding, and phonological awareness

•How data drove changes in instruction to explicitly target students’ instructional needs.

Presenters lead an analysis of data and outline a lesson plan for a Title I student. Participants leave with copies of the 2 new assessments and an outline of the steps the school took to achieve reading success for their Title I students.

Requested time: 2 hrs

Speakers
avatar for Linda Farrell

Linda Farrell

Readsters
Linda Farrell was an English teacher in the late 70s. She had many struggling readers in her classes. She thought they weren’t motivated. In the 90s she volunteered to teach adults and learned that the best instruction for almost all adults learning to read includes explicit phonemic... Read More →
avatar for Amy Siracusano

Amy Siracusano

Literacy Integration Specialist, Calvert
Amy Siracusano, MS Ed. is a Literacy Integration Learning Specialist with Calvert County Public Schools in Maryland. Amy has been a public-school educator for 20 years teaching in both New York and Maryland as a classroom teacher, Learning Specialist, Title I teacher, Dean of Students... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
Governors' A

10:00am

Literacy for All: Meeting the Language Development Needs of All Children
It is crucial that we meet the language development needs of all students in order to close the word gap for young struggling readers—including English Language Learners and Special Education students. Today's K-2 children are more diverse than ever before, and this diversity provides a tremendous opportunity for educators to build upon the strengths that children bring to the table. Our children deserve high-quality instructions, practice, and assessment in foundational reading, and now is the time to deliver it.



Session attendees will:



• Learn practical strategies for developing English Language Proficiency for English Language Learners and students from diverse backgrounds.

• Learn techniques to developing foundational reading skills—including direct instruction, practice, and assessment.

• Learn how to accelerate reading growth by capitalizing on students' strengths and backgrounds.


Speakers
avatar for Elsa Hagan

Elsa Hagan

Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan is a Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist and Certified Academic Language Therapist. She is Director of the Valley Speech Language and Learning Center in Brownsville, Tx, and works with the Texas Institute for Measurement Evaluation & Statistics at the University... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
Presidential C

10:00am

Using Data to Improve Learning for All Students
Schools can become much more efficient and innovative learning organizations when they use data effectively. The ability to thoroughly answer five essential questions that lead to aligning instruction and practices to the needs of the learner will likely get student learning increases in every grade level, subject area and with every student group. Participants will learn these five essential questions, what data must be used to answer these questions, how to solve a problem with data, and how to create and lead a plan that will positively transform leading, teaching and learning school-wide.

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Bernhardt

Victoria Bernhardt

Executive Director of the Education for the Future Initiative, whose mission is to build the capacity of learning organizations at all levels to gather, utilize and use data to improve student achievement. She has also authored or co-authored several books on such topics as: Response... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
Delta Ballroom B

10:30am

Engaged Families, Connected Communities, and Successful Students
By promoting an environment supportive of literacy and a culture of learning in schools, families and communities can work together to improve student achievement—in school and, ultimately, in life. In order to accomplish this, families must be motivated to participate, and communities must have local ownership and a direct connection to schools and other education systems. Participants in this session will learn strategies on how to effectively involve families and communities to serve the best interests of our nation’s most precious resource – our children – from the chairman of the National Family Engagement Alliance (NFEA) and former CEO of the National PTA, the nation’s largest child advocacy association of more that five million members nationwide. Come to this session to learn more about engaged, empowered families, connected communities, and students who are destined to succeed!

Speakers
avatar for Byron Garrett

Byron Garrett

A former K-8 charter school principal, Garrett 's an agent of change. He is Chair of National Family Engagement Alliance, President & CEO of Life Works, former CEO of National PTA, on Parenting Mom's Congress Advisory Board, author of The ABCs of Life, and a national and international... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Presidential D

10:30am

I Have All of This Technology In My School - Now What???
Title I schools would benefit from the effective use of technology to differentiate and accelerate learning. School leaders (administrators, coaches, teacher leaders) should model best practices to support this goal. Too often there is a disconnect between technology tools (blogs, wikis, hardware solutions, etc.) and how they can be leveraged to produce the desired results in the classroom. Many times, technology solutions are purchased without a systematic plan for implementation. Participants will learn best practices that can be used to promote, support and model technology integration techniques to shape experiences that will advance teacher learning, creativity, and innovation. Participants will discover the importance of inspiring change that maximizes the use of digital-age resources to support instructional practices. At the conclusion of the session, participants will leave with digital resources and access to a learning community to support implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Micheau

Nicole Micheau

Nicole Micheau is a School Improvement Supervisor for Duval County Public Schools and Faculty Member for the University of Phoenix, College of Information Systems and Technology. Prior to that role, she served as an Educational Technology Supervisor. She has supported Title I schools... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Governors' B

10:30am

Uncommon Leadership for the Common Core
Successful implementation of the Common Core Standards depends upon the ability of our school-level leaders to motivate, encourage and support their teachers. Principals and assistant principals need to know what to do and how to do it. Dr. Mark Wilson, 2009 National High School Principal of the Year, has developed and is delivering a statewide, comprehensive professional development program for principals in his home state of Georgia, as well as in other states. In this session, Dr. Wilson presents practical direction for practitioners supported by the latest research and best practices on Common Core implementation from successful practitioners as well as authors of the Common Core standards. Session attendees will be informed about the latest in the Common Core implementation, inspired to serve their teachers most effectively and prepared to return to school by developing a written action plan!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Mark Wilson

Dr. Mark Wilson

Named the 2009 National High School Principal of the Year by MetLife and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Dr. Mark Wilson has served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal over a twenty-five year career in education. Mark is an author, educational... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Delta Ballroom C

10:45am

Creating Parent Leadership as a Pathway to School Improvement
Overview of parent/family engagement training designed by Parents for Public Schools (PPS Greater Cincinnati and National) under the Ohio Department of Education as part of the agency’s Race to the Top strategy to turn around persistently lowest achieving (PLA) schools. This systems-based, multi-lingual curriculum is delivered online and in local school buildings. Parent leaders are supported by a community of learners’ website with a social media platform enabling interactive news and statewide information sharing. This platform also serves as a data management tool to track application of new skills learned, sustainability and changes in school climate. This proven, practical strategy offering parents the skills needed to effectively lead, advocate for and build local learning support systems maximizing student academic achievement can be replicated to any state and district as a means of addressing chronically underperforming schools through parent engagement and leadership.

Speakers
avatar for Nita Rudy

Nita Rudy

Prior to joining PPS, Nita served as manager for the Center for Parent Leadership throughout the nation to underscore the importance of parent involvement in improving student achievement and helped parents become informed consumers of public education.
avatar for Rolonda Smith

Rolonda Smith

Rolonda manages Parent Leadership Institutes statewuide, serves on the STRIVE Executive Committee, the Board of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative and of GEARUP SCORES, and previously as adjunct instructor (School of Education, Miami University Oxford) teaching Parent-School-Community... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm
Governors' C

10:45am

Current Efforts at the U.S. Department of Education to Strengthen and Support Families
Presenters will discuss programs and activities across the U.S. Department of Education that strengthen and support family and community engagement in their children’ education.


Wednesday January 23, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm
Presidential B

10:45am

ESEA Flexibility: Overview
As if November 31, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education has approved ESEA flexibility requests from 34 states and the District of Columbia. This session will provide an overview of ESEA flexibility request approval process and discuss some of the approaches states are using to implement the ESEA flexibility principles. The principles are 1) College-and Career-Ready Standards for all Students, 2) State- Developed Differentiated Recognition, Accountability, and Support, 3) Supporting Effective Instruction and Leadership, and 4) Reducing Duplication and Unnecessary Burden.


Wednesday January 23, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm
Delta Ballroom D

1:00pm

The Bully Project: Putting an End to the Most Common Form of Violence Among Children
At the podium, Hirsch tackles the issue of bullying and how it affects students, their families, the schools and society at large. He takes audiences behind the scenes of filming in Georgia, Mississippi and Oklahoma; and his unlimited access in two schools in Sioux City, Iowa. He discusses his ideas behind Bully, what the process was like filming moments of bullying as they were happening and what he hopes the film will achieve — to show bullying as something that is absolutely undeniable or irrefutable. He engages audiences in “The Bully Project,” a social action campaign to end bullying that started as a result of the film. “The Bully Project” highlights solutions that both address immediate needs and lead to systemic change. Audiences will be moved, disturbed and infuriated as they watch powerful and often gritty clips from the film, but motivated to join Hirsch in his crusade to stop the violence.








Speakers
avatar for Lee Hirsch

Lee Hirsch

Award-Winning Director of Bully. As filmmaker Lee Hirsch sees it, America is at a tipping point. He is not talking about politics, the economy, immigration, or wars overseas. He is talking about bullying. Hirsch, a former victim of bullying himself, started filming Bully in the fall... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Delta Ballroom

2:00pm

Keeping Assessment Simple -- Criteria Cards & Rubrics for Primary Learners
Clearly stating task or product expectations before student work is done is a critical element in building student success that can be overlooked –- too often, it is assumed that students intuitively know what is expected of them. From clarifying task or product expectations to focusing, pacing, and motivating primary-level students, the effects of well done rubrics on student performance can be profound. Primary-level task checklists and formative product criteria cards facilitate communication between students and teachers and play a key role in the development of rubrics. Determining the formative or summative purpose of the assessment to be done then dictates the direction rubric design will take. Subsequent decisions will address whether the rubric will be holistic or analytic, simple or complex, or task specific versus unit appropriate. Rubrics and task/criteria cards developed by teachers across the country will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Dodie Merritt

Dodie Merritt

Dodie Merritt has worked in the field of education for over 30 years focusing on curriculum differentiation. She co-authored the Primary Education Thinking Skills series and other educational books published by Pieces of Learning. She has presented at international, national, and... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Governors' A

2:00pm

Leading 21st Century Learning
An interactive and engaging presentation on the skills students now need to be successful in learning, work and life in the 21st Century, and how more and more schools across the country are taking the lead in transforming their schools to ensure real success for all children.

Speakers
avatar for Bernie Trilling

Bernie Trilling

Consultant, PMIEF
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Wednesday January 23, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Delta Ballroom B

2:00pm

“Beyond Poverty': Brain-Inspired Ways to Understand and Respond to Poverty
Poverty has a synergistic and pervasive impact on children’s brains. In this workshop, participants will learn the specific differences developing brains exposed to poverty have, the impact of those differences in the home and classroom, and the unique interventions that can be used to overcome poverty’s effects. Known as “neuroplasticity”, the brain’s ability to change and grow through exposure to environmental stimulus offers exciting new approaches and strategies for educators, parents and child-serving professionals working with children from impoverished backgrounds.

An increase in awareness of the impact that poverty has on children, and specifically on thier brains, is necessary for all educators.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Higgins

Heather Higgins

Heather Higgins, LCSW-C is the Director of Training and Development for the Upside Down Organization. Heather has been practicing Social Work for over a decade in Baltimore, MD focusing her efforts on working with children and families. Heather can be found actively presenting interactive... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Presidential C

2:15pm

Building Teacher Capacity for Success: School Improvement That Works!
In this era of high stakes teacher and leader evaluation, common core state standards, the upcoming new student assessments and other changes impacting Title I Schools, developing school-based teacher leaders who are experts in curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional learning is the key to sustainable school improvement. What are the professional development practices and policies that support teacher leaders as they strive to impact student learning through their leadership role with their colleagues? How can the research-based Continuum of Self Reflection framework guide the work of teacher leaders and administrators as they support teachers? What is the leader's role in ensuring that local capacity is built and sustained ? What leadership tools have proven to be useful in supporting school improvement efforts? In this session, participants will examine these questions and apply their learning to the realities of the districts and schools they serve.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Cunningham-Morris

Ann Cunningham-Morris

Ann has been a district instructional administrator, principal in seven states. She has been an educational consultant throughout the world and has written articles for professional publications. Ann completed BS, M.Ed degrees, Certificate of Advanced Studies, and Executive Leadership... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Governors' B

2:15pm

No More Bystanders = No More Bullies: Activating Action in Educational Professionals

This is a presentation for educational professionals to make the overwhelming topic of bullying more manageable. It is designed to give educators tangible actions they can implement to be proactive to school bullying. Unlike traditional presentations on bullying, this presentation focuses on educating the educators about their role in bullying episodes and bystanderism.



The learning goals for this presentation are:

•to develop a deeper understanding of bystanderism in educators through framing the ideas in the larger realm of social sciences and research

•to create a paradigm shift in thinking regarding the role of educators in bullying episodes

•to provide the participants with tangible, research based actions which are designed to address the seven stages of the bystander decision making cycle for schools.

•to broaden thinking and apply knowledge to real life examples through action activities, case studies and self –reflection prompts on the topic of bullying


Speakers
avatar for Shona Anderson

Shona Anderson

Shona Anderson has been an educator since 1996. Shona completed her Masters of Education with a focus on Educational Research in the area of bullying. Shona’s first book, co-published by OPC and Corwin Press, No More Bystanders = No More Bullies, was released in 2011.


Wednesday January 23, 2013 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Delta Ballroom D

2:15pm

Turning High-Poverty Schools Into High-Performing Schools: 12 Strategies That Make The Difference
This session focuses on a research-based framework for leadership and learning in high poverty schools. Recent case studies from high-performing/high-poverty (HP / HP) schools provide compelling insight into what it takes to make a dramatic turnaround. This session will highlight 12 specific strategies that provide an essential foundation for success in any underperforming school. Practical study and planning tools will be provided to guide improvement in a participants own school or district. Through better understanding of how HP / HP schools achieve success with underachieving students who live in poverty, participants will acquire specific strategies and identify action steps to best support these students

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Budge

Kathleen Budge

Kathleen is the coordinator of the Leadership Development Program and assistant professor in the Curriculum Studies Department at Boise State University. Kathleen has worked as a district curriculum director, an elementary principal, and an elementary and special education teacher... Read More →
avatar for William Parrett

William Parrett

William Parrett is the Director of the Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies and Professor of Education at Boise State University. He has received international recognition for his work in school improvement, high-poverty schools, and for his efforts to help under-achieving... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Delta Ballroom C

3:00pm

ESEA Flexibility and Title I, Part A Fiscal Issues
This session will address ESEA flexibility and the operation of a Title I, Part A program, especially with regards to the use of Title I, Part A funds. It is geared particularly towards SEA and LEA staff that is responsible for monitoring, designing, or implementing Title I, Part A programs.


Wednesday January 23, 2013 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Delta Ballroom D

3:00pm

ESEA Flexibility Monitoring

This session will highlight a variety of approaches that the U.S. Department of Education (ED), State education agencies, and local educational agencies (LEAs) are using to build partnerships that support effective ESEA flexibility implementation.


Speakers
VT

Veronica Tate

As director of the Office of Program Administration and Accountability, Ms. Tate provides oversight in the implementation and monitoring of federal programs authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Governors' C

3:00pm

Supporting School Turnaround Through ESEA Flexibility and School Improvement Grants
Both ESEA flexibility and School Improvement Grants require States to intervene in their lowest performing schools (Persistently Lowest Achieving schools under SIG and priority schools under ESEA flexibility. This session will highlight similarities and differences between the two programs and discuss strategies States are using to integrate school turnaround efforts.

Speakers

Wednesday January 23, 2013 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Presidential B

3:45pm

Master Coaches: A District-Wide Culture of Teacher Support to Improve Instructional Practices

Over an eleven year period, the National Educator Program (NEP) and Lake County Schools in Florida have worked together to create a culture and expectation of peer coaching for classroom teachers. This has required work with all segments of the school district, including teachers, administrators, and district personnel.



This culminated in 2012 with the launch of the ambitious Master Coaches program; an initiative where "every teacher has a coach and every teacher is a coach" district-wide. Participants will examine the structure and implementation process, as well as quantitative and anecdotal data from the latest implementation phases of this innovative project to support teachers, improve instructional practices and raise student achievement.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

Mark A. Thompson is an international speaker, researcher and author who has worked with educators in forty-six U.S. states and seven countries on issues of school reform. Mr. Thompson serves as Executive Director of the National Educator Program based in Colorado and has for thirteen... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Presidential D

3:45pm

NC's Demonstration Program: A Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Professional Development Initiative
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction offers the Demonstration Site Program, which provides opportunities for visits to inclusive preschool and kindergarten classroom where effective practices are observable. The Demonstration classrooms serve preschool and kindergarten children and families that reflect cultural, linguistic, and ability diversity. Information about this Professional Development initiative will be shared, including a feature presentation by a Kindergarten Demonstration Teacher in a Title I Reward School.

Speakers
avatar for Carla Garrett

Carla Garrett

Carla Garrett is the Title I Preschool Consultant in NC and has twenty years of experience in early childhood education. Along with Title I, Carla works with NC's Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Demonstration Programs. Prior to joining the state department, she worked as a school... Read More →
avatar for Marylee Sease

Marylee Sease

Marylee Sease is a NC Kindergarten Demonstration Teacher and has twenty four years of experience. She has served in various teacher leader roles and was chosen to participate as one of NC's Power of Kindergarten Teachers. Marylee is also a clinical faculty member at Western Carolina... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Governors' B

3:45pm

Social Media and School Leadership: Powerful Tools and Strategies for Title I Leaders
Social media has exploded in education. We can't ignore it, and efforts to ban it from schools are mostly unsuccessful. In fact, hand-held devices, such as smart phones, promise to reduce the "digital divide" for poor students and their families. This session examines the productive role of social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, and dozens more) in school leadership, and addresses the challenges of using it effectively and safely with staff, students and the community.

The session addresses three major topics: social media for school leadership and community relations, social media as an instructional tool that promises true individualization, and dealing with the challenges and pitfalls of social media in schools. Presenters use real-world examples from Title I schools to show how social media can improve teaching, learning and leadership. Participants will receive links to blogs, websites and other digital resources to help use social media for leadership in their own schools.

Speakers
avatar for Howard Johnston

Howard Johnston

Howard Johnston is Prof of Sec Ed at the Univ of South Florida. He has 150 published works and more than 2,000 presentations in all 50 United States and more than a dozen countries. He has received top awards from several organizations, including NASSP and NMSA.
avatar for Ronald Williamson

Ronald Williamson

Ron Williamson was Exec Dir of Instruction for Ann Arbor (MI) Schools, and Exec Dir of the Nat Midd School Assn. He has been teacher, principal, and is recognized as one of the nation's leaders in principal development. Widely published, he has authored both books and articles on... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Delta Ballroom C

4:00pm

Brain Rules: Plug In-Turn On - Practical Classroom Applications for the Latest Brain Research
Most Brain research has been learned in the past decade, so many educators have had little exposure for how best to 'prime the pump' to increase learning. Kids in poverty deal with more unique challenges in school and this session will talk directly to how to overcome them through understanding and implementing simple strategies. The 6 'Brain Rules' deal with 1) Stress and its impact on learning, cognition and memory 2) Crucial Role of the Reticular Activating System in engaging students at the start of lessons 3) Differences in Males/Females and effective teaching methods 4) Importance of emotions in how the brain responds to the instructor, material, effort, motivation etc 5) How the brain stores info and the importance of differentiated learning 6) Power of Hope and how it impacts more positive choices, belief in a different future and the ability to control ones destiny. This material is taught in a Fast paced, fun way which includes humor, video clips, stories and discussion

Speakers
avatar for Tara Brown

Tara Brown

Tara Brown is an award-winning educator, author and intern'l speaker. Known as ‘The Connection Coach’, Tara believes strongly that a major key to Title 1 youth success is the ability to connect and build effective relationships in the classroom/school. Her trademark humor/passion... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Delta Ballroom B

4:00pm

Get in the Driver's Seat: Using Formative Assessment to Steer Instruction
Formative assessment (FA) is used in conjunction with summative assessments to determine the needs of students, as well as their learning at different points in time. Assessment for Learning, or FA, is an essential component of teaching and learning. The FA process enhances the quality of teaching by fostering two-way communication, allowing the teacher to understand where the student is performing in relation to the learning target, and create a custom plan with the student to achieve the goal; a great benefit to Title I students. This presentation will provide participants with the opportunity to not only to learn about the FA process, but to identify ways to incorporate FA strategies into their classrooms and walk away with strategies and tools to use immediately, while understanding how to use the results to drive instruction. As this session focuses on the process, not a specific content area or grade level, it is appropriate for educators of grades K-12.


Speakers
avatar for Laura Otten

Laura Otten

School Improvement Consultant, Kent ISD
Laura Otten, EdS School Imp. Consultant, Kent ISD Adjunct Professor, Grand Valley State University FA Lead Coach, Formative Assessment for MI Educators Program Regional Coach, FAME FA Coach, FAME Building Principal Elem & MS Teacher


Wednesday January 23, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Governors' A

4:00pm

“It Takes a (Whole) Village to Raise a Child – It takes a (Whole) School to Raise the Test Scores!”
Our reading scores soared from an 83% pass rate to a 95%! It was an effort to pull the school together and have everyone work to support every 3rd grade student in trying to pass the reading SOL test. I will share the “shared meaning” strategy that I took to ensure that all teachers were on board and ready to assist the school in meeting the challenge. The Reading Specialist will share how she created a “data board display” to track the reading progress of every student in our school. She will explain how she groups the children on the “data board” into intensive, strategic, benchmark, and advanced learners. She will also discuss the teacher meetings held every 9 weeks that target student growth and explain how she determines which reading strategies to put in place for the next grading period. Our Third Grade Chair will share how we secured free after-school tutoring and some creative motivational programs that we used to inspire the students to meet the challenge.

Speakers
avatar for Toni Brown

Toni Brown

Administrator, Westside Elementary School
Toni has been a teacher at Hardy Elementary School for over 30 years. Her ability to motivate students to learn has allowed her class to have SOL pass rates of 90% - 100% yearly. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Elem. Ed. and School Admin. at Norfolk State... Read More →
avatar for Joyce McDowell

Joyce McDowell

I am married to Dexter and I have two sons, Mike and Chris. I earned a BS in Sp. Ed at Mississippi State University and a Master's Degree in Sp. Ed. at Hampton University. I am currently enrolled in the Ed. D.program for Ed. Leadership at William & Mary. I have taught in the US and... Read More →
avatar for Teresa Vedder

Teresa Vedder

Teresa M. Vedder is a Reading Specialist at Hardy Elementary and an adjunct professor for the University of Virginia. She has thirty-two years in education with twenty-nine years in the field of reading. She has mentored and coached new teachers.


Wednesday January 23, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Presidential C
 
Thursday, January 24
 

8:30am

Frank Talk About Increasing Black Male Achievement
Developing systemic and sustainable increases in Black male achievement continues to be elusive. There are no proven programs, researched-based or otherwise, to draw upon. The strategies required oftentimes prove too complex and unpalatable for many school leaders or classroom teachers. This session engages participants in the questions that must be asked, data that must be gathered, partnerships that must be established, and strategies that must be implemented to ensure systemic and sustainable increases in Black male achievement as outlined in the book, "Empowering African-American Males: A Guide to Increasing Black Male Achievement."



Participants learn how to shape peer culture, build partnerships, involve parents, reach out to the community, build on young men's dreams and aspirations, and develop an asset-based focus that forges relationships and taps into the intrinsic motivation to succeed.

Speakers
avatar for Mychal Wynn

Mychal Wynn

CEO of Foundation for Ensuring Access and Equity. 2nd Vice President for the National Council on Educating Black Children. Consultant to schools and school districts through the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. Author of 26 books. 25 years of teaching and consulting expe... Read More →


Thursday January 24, 2013 8:30am - 10:00am
Delta Ballroom C

8:30am

How to Create Effective Schools Instantly
The Wong’s have helped create hundreds of effective schools and tens of thousands of effective teachers. They helped a school achieve AYP in two years, the first ever for a public school on an Indian reservation. They helped a school in Texas ranked Academically Unacceptable into Exemplary in one year. They helped turn the second lowest achieving school in an urban district from chaos into a safe, nurturing and academic school in one year. The secret is to create a culture of consistency. No theory, no platitudes, no philosophy. This is a session where educators who want to create effective schools will learn how it has been done with as many workable examples as the time allowed will permit. What we share works and has been used by hundreds, if not thousands, of school leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Harry Wong

Harry Wong

Harry is recipient of the (only) National Teacher Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award, the Horace Mann Outstanding Educator Award, was nominated for the Brock International Prize in Education, and Instructor Magazine named him one of the twenty most admired people in Educatio... Read More →
avatar for Rosemary Wong

Rosemary Wong

Rosemary is the recipient of the Distinguish Alumnus Award from Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University, the Silicon Valley Woman of Distinction Award and was nominated for the Brock International Prize in Education


Thursday January 24, 2013 8:30am - 10:00am
Delta Ballroom B

8:30am

Federal Funding for ESEA, IDEA, and other Programs

This session will focus on how the budget process, deficit reduction, and appropriations are going to unfold for the upcoming year. Questions about sequestration, how other program funding sources fit into Title I (Head Start, IDEA)as well as other programs will be presented.



Thursday January 24, 2013 8:30am - 10:00am
Delta Ballroom D

10:15am

The Hidden Power of Character
Our society currently places a great deal of emphasis on intelligence as the sole indicator of value in children’s education. But in this talk, Paul Tough lays it bare: we believe that success comes from those who score highest on tests, from preschool to SATs. Yet evidence indicates that our story here might be dead wrong. The work of a new generation of researchers and educators points to the fact that the qualities that have a better shot at indicating lifelong success are “non cognitive” or what we might refer to as “personality traits” such as: curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, self-control, and grit.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Tough

Paul Tough

Paul Tough is the author of the new book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. His first book, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, was published in 2008.Paul has written extensively about education, child development... Read More →


Thursday January 24, 2013 10:15am - 11:30am
Delta Ballroom