THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017

Time Title

.General Session


Alton.pdf                   

    Alton Frailey, President, AASA, Katy, TX
In his address at the AASA national conference’s 1st General Session in New Orleans, AASA President Alton Frailey continued with his prevailing theme in 2016-17 -- the essential connections between communities and public schools. Quoting Abraham Lincoln as saying “Public sentiment is everything,” Frailey called on “third-party folks” – civic and religious leaders – to help educators challenge the notion that all public schools are failing.

“How do we recapture the public sentiment and support for public education?” he asked.

*Anyone who uses slides #18 & #19 in the presentations should credit the source as "Source: Alton L. Frailey & Associates, LLC".


8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

FUSFOO HIGH SCHOOL DIGITAL NETWORK CHANGES THE FACE OF HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA
fusfoo.pdf                   

    Evan Denner, Co-Founder, Fusfoo, New York, NY; Bob Ferraro, Co-Founder, Fusfoo, New York, NY
Imagine the power and convenience of combining your school’s high school newspaper, radio station and morning news show all onto a single platform. Fusfoo provides schools with their own unique digital channel on the Fusfoo website, allowing schools to become part of a national network of high school channels across the country. Fusfoo gives high school students a safe educational and engaging space for content to be created, curated, shared and consumed with no opportunity for negative comments or bullying. In addition to creating and posting their own content, schools can view and repost thoughtful, relevant and ageappropriate content on their school channels created by students from across the country. With oversight provided by a school administrator, schools have the same level of control over their video and editorial content that already exists within their current media models.


8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO EFFECTIVELY ENGAGE YOUR COMMUNITY
Ziegenfuss.pdf                   

    William Blake, Principal, Prince George's County, Clinton, MD; Travis Jordan, Superintendent, Beulah School District 27, Beulah, IL; Randy Ziegenfuss, Superintendent, Salisbury Township School District, Allentown, PA; Chris Gaines, Superintendent of Mehlville School District R9, St. Louis, Mo.
By now, you probably understand what social media is and how to use it (well, sort of). That's why it's important to take your skills to the next level and learn how you can utilize Twitter and Facebook to engage with you communities, parents, students and other stakeholders. We've put together a panel of social media-savvy AASA members to share what works in their districts with plenty of time to ask questions.


9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

ALL HANDS ON DECK — STRATEGIC PLANNING THAT WORKS
NECSD.pdf                   

    Roberto Padilla, Superintendent, Newburgh Enlarged City School District, Newburgh, NY
Superintendents must provide a robust vision for school improvement. In Newburgh, our strategic blueprint is a living document that provides coherence for our leaders and connects all stakeholders. This roundtable highlights the key actions taken to get community buy in and sustain commitment.


9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO BUILDING LEADERSHIP CAPACITY FOR EQUITY
Spero.pdf                   

    Ken Spero, CEO, ELS, Bala Cynwyd, PA
In this roundtable, participants engage in a "Leadership in Equity" simulation scenario that demonstrates an innovative technologydriven approach that builds superintendents' leadership capacity and provides an engaging PD tool they can use with their teams. Experience is really the only way leaders can get better at making good decisions and good experience is often the result of making mistakes and having the wherewithal to learn from them. This session demonstrates how simulations provide leaders with the opportunity to fail forward and increase their leadership capacity while at the same time building collaboration among their teams.


9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

ARE YOUR SCHOOLS SAFE AFTER THE DISMISSAL BELL?
Hamnmes.pdf                   

    Jay Hamnmes, CMAA, President, Safe Sport Zone LLC, Racine, WI
The majority of schools have security measures in place during the school day, but what are the action plans after the dismissal bell? Safe Sport Zone has trained thousand of school officials regarding after-school activities since 2009. The program covers team building, assessments, school-based emergency plans, evaluations, effective supervision, evacuations and command post/reunification centers. This roundtable prepares school districts to keep schools secure even after the dismissal bell rings.


9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

LOOKING AND LISTENING FOR SUCCESSFUL MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTION IN TODAY'S CLASSROOMS
Fillingim.pdf                   

    Jennifer Fillingim, District Math Curriculum Coordinator, Madison County Schools, Ridgeland, MS; Alissa Murray, District Math Specialist, Madison County Schools, Ridgeland, MS; Pamela Rayburn, District Math Specialist, Madison County Schools, Ridgeland, MS; Elizabeth Wells, District Math Specialist, Madison County Schools, Ridgeland, MS
"Common Core Standards," "Standards for Mathematical Practice," "Problem Solving," "Higher Order Thinking," — we've all heard the buzzwords, but what do they mean? To teach and learn mathematics for long-term success, we have to look beyond the lingo and recognize that there are no gadgets, gimmicks or quick fixes to things that will help all of us — teachers, students, families and administrators — move forward together. This roundtable shares information and strategies for recognizing and fostering the characteristics of high-quality, contemporary mathematics instruction — and the research supporting those characteristics — so that school leaders know how to best equip and support their teachers and students for long-term mathematical success.


09:00 - 10:00 a.m.

MORE THAN A POWER LUNCH WORKSHOP: CONNECTING LEARNING TO PRACTICE
MoreThanPowerLunchWorkshop.pdf     AASAWomenLeadershipInitiativeFlyer.pdf              

    Julissa Alcantar-Martinez, Principal, Houston ISD, Houston, TX; Karen Arbogast, Director of Elementary Education, Wooster City School District, Wooster, OH; Kimberly MacKinney, Chief Academic Officer, Oro Grande School District, Oro Grande, CA; Ruth Perez, Superintendent, Paramount Unified School District, Paramount, CA; Amy Sichel, Superintendent, Abington School District, Abingdon, PA; Melissa Woodward, Chief Academic Officer, Boyertown Area School District, Boyertown, PA
Attend this interactive, hands-on workshop and take a deeper dive into the groundbreaking work featured in the More Than a Power Lunch: Building Networks to Support and Advance Women in School Leadership Thought Leaders session. Hear the success stories of women superintendents who have made it to the top leadership positions in education and the aspiring women leaders they mentor. Learn from their experiences and come prepared to share your own success stories and lessons learned. Participants will: gain insights into the challenges women face when seeking to advance in their career and how to overcome them; learn how to use mentoring effectively to achieve career goals; get tips on how to leverage networks for support and career advancement; and learn about project resources.


9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

PRINCIPAL SELECTION: EQUITY THROUGH OBJECTIVE METHODS
Palmer.pdf                   

    Brandon Palmer, Director of Research, Principal Research Center, Inc., Tehachapi, CA
How school district leaders select principals is a critical component of ensuring school and student success. This roundtable presents recent research on superintendents’ principal selection practices to open a dialogue on the use of objective selection methods to help improve student achievement.


9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

REDEFINING READY: TRANSFORMING LEARNING IN A 1:1 DISTRICT
District214.pdf                   

    Linda Ashida, District Coordinator for Teaching and Learning, High School District 214, Arlington Heights, IL; Rudy Gomez, District Technology Services Supervisor, High School District 214, Arlington Heights, IL; Gabrella Jackson, District Coordinator for Teaching and Learning, High School District 214, Arlington Heights, IL; David Schuler, Superintendent, High School District 214, Arlington Heights, IL
District 214, a 1:1 iPad district with equal access for all students, has transformed teaching and learning with a commitment to prepare each and every student for success in an ever-changing global economy. Presenters share how staff and students collaborate in relevant and authentic learning experiences, both in and out of the classroom, around the shared mission of Redefining Ready. Participants are provided with a link to a site with a wealth of examples and resources to help them take next steps toward future-readiness for their own students and staff.


9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

SUPERINTENDENTS ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION COLLABORATIVE
Campbell.pdf                   

    Anne Campbell, County Superintendent of Schools, San Mateo County Schools, Redwood City, CA; Don Baugh, President, Upstream Alliance, Annapolis, MD; Kevin Maxwell, CEO, Prince George's County Public Schools, Upper Marlboro, MD; Kathy McGlauflin, Senior Vice President, Education, Project Learning Tree, Washington, DC
This session is designed to launch a National Superintendents Environmental Education Collaborative. The Collaborative is an historic opportunity to facilitate an ongoing conversation between superintendents and partners from environmental organizations to leverage ESSA. It is also a chance to share information in order to expand environmental education and environmental literacy efforts to create robust, real-world learning experiences that bolster STEM learning and civic engagement and prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st-century workforce.


9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

THE TEACHER TALENT MODEL: RECRUITING AND RETAINING EFFECTIVE EDUCATORS
Barnes-021617.pdf                   

    Michael Barnes, Researcher, University of Texas - Austin, Edcouch, TX
Educational leaders, including pre-service teacher preparation practitioners, school district superintendents and campus principals, acknowledge the absolute importance of recruiting and retaining strong teachers from diverse backgrounds. This consensus is supported by research demonstrating that having an effective teacher in a classroom is the single most important factor in determining student outcomes. However, school districts often struggle to recruit high-quality teachers, and an unintended consequence of the recent economic recovery is a growing teacher shortage whose roots are structural and unlikely to improve in the short-term. This roundtable asks participants to consider the viability of the Teacher Talent model, an effective process for recruiting and retaining diverse novice and veteran teachers. The program is the product of a private-public research practice partnership among the University of Texas at Austin, a small "startup" firm and a group of pilot districts varying in size and demographics.


9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

THE IMPACT OF COACHING ON CALIFORNIA SUPERINTENDENTS
Harmeier.pdf                   

    Michelle Harmeier, Director of Human Resources, San Mateo-Foster City School District, Foster City, CA
Dr. Michelle Harmeier presents the results of her Brandman University dissertation on the impact of coaching on selected California superintendents, which details the benefits of individualized, job-embedded professional development. Harmeier's dissertation provides data supporting the use of a blended model from a trusted, experienced and confidential coach. Harmeier used the AASA Professional Standards to guide focused interviews with active superintendents currently receiving coaching and explored the impact of coaching on board-superintendent relations. This roundtable provides current and future superintendents with qualitative research on the use of coaching for the leaders of today's complex districts.


09:00 - 10:00 a.m.

WOMEN IN THE SUPERINTENDENCY: OBTAIN THE JOB AND KEEP IT!
MariaOtt.pdf                   

    Carmella Franco, Superintendent (Retired), Whittier, CA; Maria Ott, USC Rossier School of Education, Los Angeles, CA; Darlene Robles, USC Rossier School of Education, Los Angeles, CA
In today's political environment in education, it is a major accomplishment for a woman to obtain that first superintendency. The greater challenge, however, is to retain it. According to recent statistics, the number of female superintendents is hovering at 24 percent. Women leaders suffer a defeat every time a female superintendent loses her position, especially when it occurs during the first 18 months on the job. Three presenters with a combined 50+ years of superintendent experience address the politics of the position, provide provocative statements for participant reflection and engagement, and share helpful advice for job retention.


1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

A CUSTOMIZED APPROACH TO ANALYZING DISTRICT SPECIAL SERVICES TO ENHANCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
Hackett.pdf                   

    Judith Hackett, Superintendent, NSSEO, Mt. Prospect, IL; Tim Thomas, Retired Superintendent, NSSED, Palatine, IL
This presentation provides the results of a field-tested, customized framework that helps districts determine the effectiveness and efficiency of their special education programs and services. The framework design reflects the critical variables identified in research on highly effective schools and highlights instructional practices, accountability, fiscal resources, leadership and the best practices in special education. Results of the field testing and next steps are discussed and input on questions and future areas of focus are sought from participants.


1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

MEETING WHOLE-CHILD REQUIREMENTS OF ESSA THROUGH YOGA/MINDFULNESS-BASED SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Grier-021300.pdf     Grier-021300#successthroughfocus.pdf              

    Terry Grier, Executive Director, Pure Edge, Inc., Wilmington, NC
Stress among students knows no boundaries of age, ethnicity or socioeconomic circumstances. And nothing is more personal than increasing a child’s ability to self-regulate emotions and have better self-control. Attend this roundtable to learn about a program that supplements traditional PE by teaching students stress reduction, self-regulation and personal awareness skills through mindfulness and yoga-based exercises.


1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

MORE THAN A POWER LUNCH: BUILDING NETWORKS TO SUPPORT AND ADVANCE WOMEN IN SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
MoreThanPowerLunchThoughtLeaders.pdf     AASAWomenLeadershipInitiativeFlyer.pdf              

    Ann Blakeney Clark, Superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, NC; Fatima Goss Graves, Senior Vice President for Program, National Women's Law Center, Washington, DC; Patricia Neudecker, Director of Administrative Leadership Programs and Assistant Professor, Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI; Judith Rattner, Superintendent, Berkeley Heights Public Schools, Berkley Heights, NJ; Melody Schopp, Secretary of Education, South Dakota, Pierre, SD
In 2016, AASA launched the groundbreaking initiative, More Than a Power Lunch: Building Networks to Support and Advance Women in School Leadership. The initiative was established to help understand the impact of social barriers women face in ascending to the top leadership positions within our school systems and to increase the number of women seeking and becoming CEOs and superintendents of schools. In this session, the AASA National Women’s Leadership Consortium think tank provides an update on the initiative and engages attendees in a thought-provoking conversation about the implications of the work for women in school leadership. Hear about the critical issues women face when seeking top leadership positions in school districts, and learn how male and female mentors can play a critical role in their leadership development.


1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

PERSONALIZED LEARNING: A BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS
                   

    Sheryl Abshire, Chief Technology Officer, Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, Lake Charles, LA; Scott Bailey, Chief Academic Officer, Washoe County School District, Reno, NV; Jeff McCoy, Interim Associate Superintendent; Burke Royster, Superintendent, Greenville, Greenville, SC.
All across the country, districts are beginning to implement various forms of personalized learning. While personalized learning may look different depending on district focus, vision and mission, there are common elements across all initiatives that contribute to success. This session focuses on three school districts’ success in various stages of personalized learning and provide access to a Personalized Learning Blueprint that school districts can use to plan or improve upon their current initiatives. Download at rtmeducationcongress.com/spring/download-blueprint


1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

SIX KEY STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL CHANGE MANAGEMENT
Jamerson.pdf                   

    Mike Jamerson, Director of Technology, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, Columbus, IN; Lenny Schad, Chief Technology Information Officer, Houston Independent School District, Houston, TX
We frequently hear that EdTech projects go awry. That's because more often than not school leaders underestimate implementation challenges and don't pay enough attention to the importance of change management. Join this roundtable to hear technology leaders from several districts in Indiana and Texas share their insights about how to guide and drive successful instructional and technological changes to make high-level, districtwide learning and teaching goals achievable. Each district has adopted a new platform for transforming curriculum, assessment and instruction and these technology leaders share the six key steps they took to help ensure the success of this process in their distinctive districts.


2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

ALTERNATIVE CAREER PATHWAYS — REDEFINING TRADITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Diehl.pdf                   

    Mark Diehl, Director of Information & Technology Services, Little Falls Community Schools, Little Falls, MN; Stephen Jones, Superintendent, Little Falls Community Schools, Little Falls, MN; Aaron Sinclair, Human Resources Director, Little Falls Community Schools, Little Falls, MN
Ten school districts in Central Minnesota are collaborative partners in the second year of Alternative Career Pathways, a personalized professional development initiative. Alternative Career Pathways is specifically geared toward individualizing professional development for teachers while creating an alternative pathway system for horizontal advancement on the union contract. The initiative has created incentivized opportunities for teachers to pursue meaningful and relevant professional development without having to invest their own money in graduate coursework. The first 18 months of the initiative has produced over 100 proposals or personalized professional development projects that benefit students, families, staff and communities.


2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

CREATING INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAMS FOR COMPLEX SYSTEM SUCCESS
Baugh.pdf                   

    David Baugh, Superintendent, Centennial School District, Warminster, PA; Joe O'Connor, Teacher/President of Centennial Education Association, Centennial School District, Warminster, PA
This roundtable shares how one school district undertook a bold leadership initiative to reverse a decade-long slump in scores by empowering teachers and principals to lead their schools through a distributed instructional leadership team model. Learn how teams of six teachers join principals and assistant principals in developing expertise, enhancing and leading building and district professional development and becoming "go to" experts in the four core subjects, special education and technology integration. The program's goals include: increasing the educational outcomes for every child through creating first-rate classrooms staffed by dynamic and engaged teachers, nurturing the unique culture of each school, developing bench depth for succession planning through creating meaningful leadership opportunities, increasing morale and expertise through relevant and rigorous professional development, and providing at-the-elbow coaching in a safe environment that rewards bold action.


2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

CREATING A DIGITAL "VISION FOR LEARNING"
KleinISD.pdf                   

    Jenny McGowen, Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Klein ISD, Spring, TX; Glenn Meeks, Consultant, Meeks Professional Services, Morrisville, NC; Robert Robertson, Associate Superintendent, Klein ISD, Spring, TX
The leadership of Klein Independent School District, TX, a member of the Texas ASA High Performing Schools Consortium, determined they should develop an operational plan for integrating instruction and technology. This roundtable shares how the plan became an outline for districtwide conversion to a digital learning environment that resulted in a remarkable amount of alignment throughout the district, which allowed departmental leaders to create clear and actionable goals and strategies.


2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

DELIVERING ON OUR PROMISE: TURNING STRATEGIC PLANNING INTO LASTING TRANSFORMATION
Enfield.pdf     Enfield1.pdf     HPS-Community.pdf     HPS-Instructions.pdf    

    Susan c, Superintendent, Highline Public Schools, Burien, WA; Mutiu Fagbayi, CEO, Performance Fact, Inc., Oakland, CA; Diana Garcia, Principal, Pacific Middle School, Des Moines, WA; Duggan Harman, Chief of Staff and Finance, Highline Public Schools, Burien, WA
Does your district's strategic plan rest on a shelf or your website, or does it live in the daily work and decision making that occurs in your schools and central office? In 2013, Highline Public Schools, WA, adopted a bold, four-year strategic plan that has become a guide for every aspect of the district's work, from curricular and budget decisions to teacher recruitment and retention. The results have been promising: the graduation rate rose above 70 percent in 2015 (the highest in five years) and out-of-school suspensions declined from over 2000 to only 350 in four years. Additionally, the culture and conversation within the district has shifted to reflect our promise of knowing every student by name, strength and need. Learn how school leaders have worked together to develop and implement their strategic plan throughout the system


2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

EVERYDAY SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM
Bowers.pdf                   

    Anne Bowers, Director or Special Education, Woodridge School District 68, Woodridge, IL; Brian Hastings, Principal, SAU #9 Conway, NH, Conway, NH; Carla Tantillo-Philibert, Founder, Mindful Practices, Oak Park, IL; Greg Wolcott, Assistant Superintendent, Woodridge School District 68, Woodridge, IL
It is challenging to build social-emotional learning (SEL) into a school's culture authentically across disciplines not just as a separated add-on. This roundtable describes the benefits of SEL; explains how to integrate the strategies not just in the classroom, but across the entire school and district; and highlights how doing so develops a positive climate and culture that simplifies classroom management and provides students with the social-emotional strategies they need to be successful in and out of the classroom now and in the future.


2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

ETHICS IN CRISIS: A SUPERINTENDENT'S RACIALTEXTS AND MORAL INTROSPECTION
Furin.pdf                   

    Terrance Furin, Affiliate Professor, Educational Leadership, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA
In 2013, the 6,000-student Coatesville School District, PA, was rocked to its core when inflammatory racial texts between the superintendent and the athletic director were published. After widespread turmoil, those involved resigned. Three years later, the wounds have not completely healed. This roundtable focuses on analyzing the disconnect between the superintendent's outer persona and apparently deeply held prejudices and solicits dialogue to formulate a grounded theory about the importance of authentic ethics in the superintendency.


2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

HOW TO MAKE TEACHER EVALUATION ACTUALLY IMPROVE TEACHING
Berman2.pdf                   

    Sheldon Berman, Superintendent, Andover Public Schools, Andover, MA; Jon Saphier, President, Research for Better Teaching, Acton, MA
This session partners a veteran professional developer and superintendent who have worked together in four districts over decades to make teacher evaluation much more than a process for rating and ranking teachers. Learn where to show up and what to do in various arenas of school life so that teacher evaluation actually improves classroom teaching and learning. What emerges from this approach is a common language and concept system for talking about teaching and learning, comprehensive training and supervision of principals and other evaluators, and an integration of the processes that influence teacher capacity within a building.


2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

IMPROVING THE EFFECTIVENESS AND COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION
DMJ16.pdf     DMJ20.pdf              

    Nathan Levenson, President, District Management Council, Boston, MA; Jeff Ronneberg, Superintendent, Spring Lake Park Schools, Spring Lake Park, MN
Often children with special needs struggle academically despite being provided significant resources. Fortunately, some districts have implemented proven best practices that have raised achievement and reduced costs. This roundtable shares one district's experiences implementing a best-practice based, cost-effective approach to special education that increased the number of students being helped and the quality of the staff providing the support. Tips for winning support from parents and the school board are shared, as well as lessons learned for overcoming pushback and a list of the 10 highest impact strategies for raising achievement and reducing costs.


2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

LEMAKERSPACES - CUSTOMIZING IMPLEMENTATION THROUGH PERSONALIZATION
DysartUSD.pdf                   

    Michelle Benham, Director of Instructional Technology, Dysart Unified School District, Surprise, Arizona; Teresa Heatherly, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Dysart Unified School District, Surprise, AZ; Gail Pletnick, Superintendent, Dysart Unified School District, Surprise, AZ; Stephen Poling, Assistant Superintendent, Dysart Unified School District, Surprise, AZ
Risk takers. Explorers. Those with passion, grit and a "can-do" attitude. These are the teachers and students with the maker mindset who are key to starting successful makerspaces. Finding innovative teachers who support tinkering, understand failure as one more iteration towards success, and who readily embrace creativity and collaboration is the first step toward bringing makerspaces to schools. Teachers and students then need time, physical and mental space and resources to create. Roundtable participants will learn how the Dysart (Ariz.) Unified School District prioritized choice for students and teachers as an important component of launching makerspaces. Come tinker with us and create a plan for personalizing the implementation of makerspaces in your organization.


2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

LEVERAGING THE POWER OF DISTRIBUTED LEADERSHIP TO TRANSFORM SCHOOLS
NYCLA.pdf                   

    Scott Grimes, Superintendent, Dallas Center-Grimes CSD, Dallas Center, IA; Dirk Halupnik, Superintendent, Southeast Polk Community Schools, Pleasant Hill, IA; Jennifer Mable, Secondary Director, Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne, IN; Irma Zardoya, President and CEO, NYC Leadership Academy, Long Island City, NY
This session examines how professional learning initiatives for school leadership teams accelerate instruction and school improvement. Panelists from three districts discuss their partnerships with the NYC Leadership Academy, which enables principals to develop and facilitate distributed leadership in schools and allows school leadership teams to make critical changes that maximize teaching and learning and advance educational equity.


2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

USING TEACHER EVALUATION DATA TO DRIVE PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
Stockdale.pdf                   

    Dennis Stockdale, Superintendent, East Washington School Corporation, New Perkin, IN; Todd Whitlock, CEO, Standard For Success, Cloverdale, IN
To drive school improvement, administrators and teachers need evaluation data that can deliver actionable insights on how they are performing and how to improve. This means building a comprehensive, real-time teacher evaluation program that fosters a feedback-rich culture for continuous growth throughout the school year. This roundtable helps you: identify what criteria to use in evaluating teachers, develop feedback-rich cultures, gather actionable insight and use data to enhance teacher performance. While teacher evaluations should certainly help teachers in your organization, the acid test of an effective evaluation program is its impact on students. We guide you through how to make that impact a significant one for the educators and students entrusted to you.


2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

USING AN ACADEMY APPROACH TO IMPROVE LEADERSHIP AND INSTRUCTION
Burke.pdf                   

    John Burke, Superintendent, Haysville Unified School District #261, Haysville, KS; Penny Schuckman, Director of the Learning Center, Haysville Unified School District #261, Haysville, KS; Teresa Tosh, Assistant Superintendent for Learning Services, Haysville Unified School District #261, Haysville, KS
This roundtable shares an academy approach to improve leadership and instruction. Beginning in 2004, Haysville USD, KS, initiated Leadership Academies for Aspiring Administrators, Teacher-Leaders, Classified Staff and Athletic Coaches. These academies are selective and meet seven days during the course of the year. Experts from outside and inside the district provide learning activities to help academy members learn and grow. The results are amazing and the cost is low!


2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

VIRTUAL ROUNDS: AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
AlvinFreeman.pdf                   

    Alvin Freeman, Assistant Superintendent, Long Branch Public Schools, Long Branch, NJ; Michael Salvatore, Superintendent of Schools, Long Branch Public Schools, Long Branch, NJ
High-quality professional learning is collaborative, relevant, cost effective and timely. Virtual Rounds are an innovative approach to proactively examine teacher practice and support principal professional learning. The purpose of a Virtual Round is to engage educators in a focused conversation pertaining to specific pedagogy. Using a digital platform and a strict discussion protocol, Virtual Rounds are on-demand professional learning opportunities in which a school or district identifies a problem, identifies a model classroom, establishes educators who will participate and then allows them to collaborate. This roundtable discusses the benefits of Virtual Rounds for educators and the schools they serve.


4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

HOW CAN SUPERVISORS SHAPE EFFECTIVE PRINCIPALS?
How CanSupervisorsShapeEffectivePrincipals.pdf     PrincipalSupervisorStandardsFactSheet.pdf     ClevelandProgressHandout.pdf     LLLSProblemofPracticePoster.pdf     Unit1DiscoverPersonalAssumptions.pdf

    Frederick Brown, Deputy Executive Director, Learning Forward, Dallas, TX; Mary Canole, School Leadership Consultant, Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC; Eric S. Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Cleveland, OH; MaryAnn Jobe, Director, Education and Leadership Development, AASA, Alexandria, VA
Today’s school principals need support for their development and growth as school systems and communities place ever increasing expectations on them. This session presents the new, first-ever set of standards developed by hundreds of educators led by the Council of Chief State School Officers with support from The Wallace Foundation, intended to assist state education agencies and local school districts to help recruit, select, support and evaluate principal supervisors. The standards emphasize shifting the supervisor’s role away from the traditional focus on bureaucratic compliance toward fostering the growth of effective principals who improve both teaching and learning.


09:00 - 10:00 a.m.

EDUCATORS RISING: HOW TO GROW YOUR OWN STRONG TEACHING WORKFORCE
EdRising-030900.pdf     EdRising-brochure-030900.pdf              

    Dan Brown, Co-Director, Educators Rising, PDK International, Arlington, VA; Joshua Starr, CEO, PDK International, Arlington, VA
Most educators are homegrown. In fact, over 60% of teachers work within 20 miles of where they went to high school, which means that the next generation of your community’s teaching workforce is sitting on the student side of the desks in your schools today. Educators Rising, powered by PDK International, is building a new gold standard model to help districts grow their own highly skilled, well-prepared teachers starting in high school. Rooted in standards developed by the field with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the EdRising Academy curriculum and micro-credentials will be ready for implementation in the 2017–2018 school year. Join Educators Rising Co-Director Dan Brown and PDK International CEO Joshua P. Starr for a discussion on increasing career readiness and building a strong, secondary-based front end of the teaching talent pipeline in your district.


09:00 - 10:00 a.m.

ICONNECT K–12: DIGITAL ACCESS FOR ALL IN A TRANSFORMED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
LaurieHunter.pdf                   

    Laurie Hunter, Assistant Superintendent, Duxbury Public Schools, Duxbury, MA
All K–12 students in Duxbury Public Schools, MA, have 1:1 access to technology during the school day. Join a panel from Duxbury to learn how to provide the foundations of infrastructure and sustainability while maximizing technology as a tool to transform teaching. Duxbury's K–12 iConnect program formally began in 2014. This presentation focuses on outlining the approach to creating a common vision, planning professional development, securing infrastructure, building sustainability and transforming the learning environment. Members of Duxbury's leadership team outline the district's journey and share its many resources and tools to create a digital learning environment across an entire K–12 school system.