KEYNOTE & SESSION CONTENT

 
 

KEYNOTE

 
Patrick Briggs- AVID State Director, Southern Region (AR, OK & TX)

Patrick Briggs- AVID State Director, Southern Region (AR, OK & TX)

All Means All: Bridging the Achievement Gap

Patrick H. Briggs, M.Ed.- AVID State Director, Southern Region (AR, OK & TX)

Patrick believes that any perceived “achievement gaps” are the result of opportunity gaps and expectations gaps that adults must work together to close. He serves on the Dream Team of AVID’s African American Male Initiative, which is going into its fourth year of working with predominantly African American schools to decrease the opportunity and expectation gaps by focusing on an asset model and Culturally Relevant Teaching for all populations of students. This work led to the highly successful Culturally Relevant Teaching course that is offered at AVID’s Summer Institutes. Patrick’s passion lies in helping all learners achieve at high levels so all students are college- and career-ready upon completion of high school. He believes that all students deserve a high quality education that will enable them to make choices in life that will lead to success in any field of their choosing.

 

Breakout Rotation 1: 9:35am-11:05am

 
Dr. Jennifer Parvin- Executive Coach/ Leadership Developer/ Organizational Consultant, Parvin & Associates

Dr. Jennifer Parvin- Executive Coach/ Leadership Developer/ Organizational Consultant, Parvin & Associates

Control the Calendar: Increasing Your Team’s Time on What Matters Most

Dr. Jennifer Parvin- Executive Coach / Leadership Developer / Organizational Consultant, Parvin & Associates

One of the biggest pain points as a leader is being able to manage competing priorities to focus on the highest-leverage moves related to instruction and culture. Investing in yourself and your team enables you to spend time on what matters most. Like interest on financial investments, deepening your capacity and that of your team will pay dividends of systemic change and profound learning. Walk away with actionable strategies to better manage time and priorities to more effectively increase student achievement.

Target Audience: K-12 school leaders & teacher leaders

 
Laura Garza- Principal, DISD Annie Webb Blanton Elementary Alicia Iwasko- Assistant Principal, DISD Edward Titche Elementary Jessie Helms- 5th Grade Math Teacher, DISD Annie Webb Blanton Elementary

Laura Garza- Principal, DISD Annie Webb Blanton Elementary

Alicia Iwasko- Assistant Principal, DISD Edward Titche Elementary

Jessie Helms- 5th Grade Math Teacher, DISD Annie Webb Blanton Elementary

Data Practices that Get Results

Laura Garza- Principal, DISD Annie Webb Blanton Elementary

Alicia Iwasko- Assistant Principal, DISD Edward Titche Elementary

Jessie Helms- 5th Grade Math Teacher, DISD Annie Webb Blanton Elementary

Learn how DISD Blanton Elementary’s team led their school to grow from 16% satisfactory to 80% satisfactory in math with 50% at the post-secondary level. Delve into how they leveraged and effectively implemented data practices by using a case consultancy protocol in their data meetings. In this session, see the process the team uses to proactively identify student misconceptions and plan for them- even before the lesson has occurred. You will:

  • See It: See a video or fishbowl of the process
  • Name It: Identify the key parts of the meeting (how to prepare, how to conduct, follow-up)
  • Do It: Practice with student data so you can learn the process
  • De-brief: Action plan for how you could utilize this in you context and de-brief your questions with Blanton presenters

Target Audience: K-6 school leaders and teacher leaders

 
Matthew Campbell- Assistant Professor of Secondary Education, University of Northern Alabama

Matthew Campbell- Assistant Professor of Secondary Education, University of Northern Alabama

Fostering Student Discourse About Controversial Issues

Matthew Campbell- Assistant Professor of Secondary Education, University of North Alabama

Perhaps now more than ever, students should be able to discuss controversial issues and their influence on the lives of citizens in the United States. However, many teachers feel reticent or ill-equipped to encourage discussion of potentially divisive topics. Increasingly, teachers stray from these discussions, implicitly messaging to students that these topics are "off limits" or inappropriate for school dialogue. As democratic institutions, schools have a duty to offer a safe and productive environment in which all students can explore perspectives on a variety of challenging topics. In this session we will overview the academic value of student discourse, identify several antecedents of productive discussion, and explore various strategies that promote informed conversation about controversial issues. 

Target Audience: Grades 6-12 teacher leaders

 
Leila Santillan- Talent Acquisition Manager, TNTP

Leila Santillan- Talent Acquisition Manager, TNTP

Who You Need and How to Find Them: Building Your Team Through Effective Interviewing

Leila Santillan- Talent Acquisition Manager, TNTP

Gearing up for staffing your school and interview season and wondering where to start? In this session, we will spend time learning about two key pieces in ensuring you end up with the high-quality talent your school needs: profile and process. We begin by analyzing your current team and using that information to get clear on the candidate profile that fits your needs, and then will start designing a selection process to help you find candidates that fit your needs. You can plan to walk away with areas of focus for your interviews, a plan for gathering evidence and assessing candidates, and tips on building the best interview questions.

Target Audience: K-12 school leaders

 
Robin Henderson Wilson- Founding Principal, Kansas City Neighborhood Academy

Robin Henderson Wilson- Founding Principal, Kansas City Neighborhood Academy

Enhance Academic Progress by Focusing on the Why

Robin Henderson Wilson- Founding Principal, Kansas City Neighborhood Academy

In order to effectively engage students we must be able to focus on the why, the who, and the what of education simultaneously. Identifying our individual and collective core beliefs is essential to our roles as teachers, coaches and school leaders. During this session, we will examine why we serve a community where only 10% of students born into low-income families graduate from college compared to 71% of students born into wealthy families. Once we identify our "why", we will discuss who we serve as more than a collection of statistics and data points and how to leverage relationships and existing assets within schools and classrooms to enhance academic progress.

Target Audience: K-6 teacher leaders

 

Breakout Rotation #2: 11:45am-1:15pm

 
Michael Kight- Consultant & Co-Founder Bedrock Partners, LLC

Michael Kight- Consultant & Co-Founder Bedrock Partners, LLC

Quality Instruction in Every Classroom: Designing an Effective Instructional Infrastructure

Michael Kight- Consultant & Co-Founder Bedrock Partners, LLC

Paul Bambrick-Santoyo calls the University of Virginia Partnership for Leaders in Education program one of the top in the country at leading school turnaround initiatives. They have created an instructional infrastructure model that assists school leaders in identifying how key foundational curriculum, assessment, data, and collaboration structures interrelate to establish the conditions for quality instruction to occur in every classroom. The intentional and systemic design of these key elements are essential when developing the skills of instructional staff at both the district and school-level.

In this session, learn from one of the nation’s top turnaround initiatives how district and school leaders can design, implement, and monitor instructional systems and structures that ensure quality instruction is happening in every classroom.

Target Audience: K-12 school leaders & teacher leaders

 
Kaitlin McDermott- Managing Director of Primary Schools, Uplift Education Whitney Hurwitz- Director, Uplift Peak Primary School

Kaitlin McDermott- Managing Director of Primary Schools, Uplift Education

Whitney Hurwitz- Director, Uplift Peak Primary School

Close Reading: Lead Your Students to Deep Comprehension

Kaitlin McDermott- Managing Director of Primary Schools, Uplift Education

Whitney Hurwitz- Director, Uplift Peak Primary School

“Close reading” means reading to uncover the layers of meaning that lead to deep comprehension. Through close reading lessons, we teach kids to read and think about the text in order to uncover the central ideas and supporting details. In this session, participants will experience close reading, learn how to plan a close reading lesson that puts the thinking work on students, and learn about the different structures that support the transfer of ownership to students.

Target Audience: K-12 school leaders & teacher leaders

 
Lindsay Sobel- Texas Executive Director, Teach Plus Dominique Mendoza- Teacher Leadership Coach, Teach Plus

Lindsay Sobel- Texas Executive Director, Teach Plus

Dominique Mendoza- Teacher Leadership Coach, Teach Plus

Create Dynamic and Strategic Collaboration for Student Success: Effectively Leading Professional Learning Communities

Lindsay Sobel- Texas Executive Director, Teach Plus

Dominique Mendoza- Teacher Leadership Coach, Teach Plus

Professional learning communities (PLCs) can be powerful tools for fostering a culture of continuous improvement. But finding the time and space is not enough. PLCs require a clear plan for strategic collaboration. In this session, learn strategies for leading professional learning communities from Teach Plus Texas – a nationally-recognized teacher leadership organization that is training and coaching 200 teachers to lead effective PLCs across the Lone Star State.

By the end of this session, you will have learned to: lead a PLC in setting SMART goals to guide your work, design a scope and sequence for the PLC meetings, use discussion protocols to foster effective collaboration, and tackle common roadblocks to productive collaboration. You will practice your new skills and walk away with useful tools for your own PLC. With thriving PLCs, you can expect dynamic collaboration between teachers, improved teaching methods, and – ultimately – student success.

Target Audience: K-12 school leaders & teacher leaders

 
Eric Hale- Kinder/First Grade Teacher & TNTP Fishman Prize Finalist, DISD David G. Burnet Elementary

Eric Hale- Kinder/First Grade Teacher & TNTP Fishman Prize Finalist, DISD David G. Burnet Elementary

Connections and Expectations: The Key to Closing the Achievement Gap

Eric Hale- Kinder/First Grade Teacher & TNTP Fishman Prize Finalist, DISD David G. Burnet Elementary

See and practice building a framework that positively affects students’ instructional outcomes and long-term development. In this session, explore how to create a “culture of care” in your classroom and learn practical ways of fostering a class culture that not only sets high expectations, but that meets or exceeds them.

Target Audience: K-6 school leaders & teacher leaders

 
Jacob Stainbrook- Academic Director, Uplift Williams Middle School

Jacob Stainbrook- Academic Director, Uplift Williams Middle School

Creating and Coaching Student-Centered Classrooms to Promote Mastery of Key Literacy Skills

Jacob Stainbrook- Academic Director, Uplift Williams Middle School

Explore the instructional strategy that led Uplift Williams Middle School to an increase in STAAR reading proficiency scores by 15% and college-readiness scores by 20%.

This session will focus on planning lessons where students engage in deliberate practice of key literacy skills (reading, writing, and speaking), while diving more deeply into content. Learn a simple lesson structure that both new and veteran teachers can use to plan and execute lessons and leave this session with resources to take back to your campuses and implement immediately.

Target Audience: Grades 6-12 school leaders and teacher leaders

 

Breakout rotation #3: 1:30 PM-3:00 pm

 
Jabari Sims- Dean, Relay Graduate School of Education

Jabari Sims- Dean, Relay Graduate School of Education

Better Checks for Understanding: Effectively Monitoring and Adjusting Instruction

Jabari Sims- Dean, Relay Graduate School of Education

Great teachers know that it's what students learn, not what the teacher teaches, that determines their students' success. But it can be challenging to measure student learning effectively "in the moment."

Ineffective attempts and good intentions to get a pulse on student learning before the conclusion of a unit or lesson can be done so much better. Doing so will allow the teacher to improve their own instruction and provide their students with more meaningful feedback.

In this session, deepen your understanding of real-time data gathering. Learn and practice methods for checking for understanding effectively "in the moment" and adjusting your instruction so that your students are learning more every minute of every day.

Target Audience: K-12 school leaders & teacher leaders

 
Janelle Bechdol- CEO, MUSEDORA, LLC Christina Utley- Operations Leader, MUSEDORA, LLC Michael Ferron- Curriculum Leader, MUSEDORA, LLC

Janelle Bechdol- CEO, MUSEDORA, LLC

Christina Utley- Operations Leader, MUSEDORA, LLC

Michael Ferron- Curriculum Leader, MUSEDORA, LLC

FIND YOUR JAM: Elevate Student Aspirations by Taking Cues from the Culture

Janelle Bechdol- CEO, MUSEDORA, LLC

Christina Utley- Operations Leader, MUSEDORA, LLC

Michael Ferron- Curriculum Leader, MUSEDORA, LLC

In this session, discover how a few pop culture influencers are actively developing purpose-led careers to impact education in a major way. Then, learn strategies for how to use these influencers' stories to 1) affirm adolescents' identities, 2) inspire agency in students to define purpose-led pathways for themselves, and 3) make holistic success tangible.

Target Audience: Any education professional working with adolescents

 
Jordan Hardy- Teacher/Instructional Coach, Apollo Elementary

Jordan Hardy- Teacher/Instructional Coach, Apollo Elementary

Intellectually Preparing for Elementary Math: Strategically Planning to Collect and Respond to Data

Jordan Hardy- Teacher/Instructional Coach, Apollo Elementary

Breaking down math lessons into key points and collecting data on the highest-impact areas can sometimes feel overwhelming. In this session, participants will explore and practice a rigorous protocol for intellectually preparing a math lesson: 1) identifying the 2-3 key points for understanding, 2) tracking and collecting data aligned to those key points, and 3) creating a strategy for assessing student mastery at the end of the lesson.

Target Audience: K-6 school leaders and teacher leaders

 
Rosemary Perlmeter- Clinical Associate Professor & Director for the Urban School Leadership Program, SMU Simmons School Ellen Wood- Director of Major Gifts, Teaching Trust

Rosemary Perlmeter- Clinical Associate Professor & Director for the Urban School Leadership Program, SMU Simmons School

Ellen Wood- Director of Major Gifts, Teaching Trust

Candid Conversation with Teaching Trust’s Founders

Rosemary Perlmeter- Clinical Associate Professor & Director for the Urban School Leadership Program, SMU Simmons School

Ellen Wood- Director of Major Gifts, Teaching Trust

Rosemary Perlmeter and Ellen Wood co-founded Teaching Trust in 2010. Since that time, 750 educators across Dallas-Fort Worth have participated in Teaching Trust training and support to dramatically improve academic outcomes for children in the schools they serve.

Hear these two thought leaders' reflections about educational equity work in North Texas, lessons learned over the last seven years, failures they learned from, advice they’d give to other leaders in education, and wonderings they’re still grappling with. Plus, submit your questions for a candid Q&A.

Target Audience: All

 
Principal Lisa Lovato (2014 Leadership Teams) and the DISD Dan D. Rogers Elementary team at Teaching Trust's fall Case Consultancy Night

Principal Lisa Lovato (2014 Leadership Teams) and the DISD Dan D. Rogers Elementary team at Teaching Trust's fall Case Consultancy Night

Case Consultancy: Problem-Solving with Peers

Target Audience: All

Want to talk through a dilemma in your work with values-aligned peers? In this session, you'll connect, collaborate, and consult on a dilemma in your work in a small-group setting. We’ll use the case consultancy protocol, pair you with educators in similar roles, and let you choose a dilemma related to any of the following:

  • Data Practices
  • Instructional Strategies
  • A Culture of High Expectations
  • Building and Leading Excellent Teams

Everyone who comes will have the chance to share a challenge in their work, get feedback, and offer feedback to others.