Preconference (PCXXX)

Saturday Preconference (PC1XX), 9:00am–4:00pm
Sunday Preconference (PC2XX), 9:00am–4:00pm


Courtlandt Butts
Equity Program Manager of Government/NGO Partnerships
Pacific Educational Group

PC101-2DAY | Beyond Diversity: Introduction to Courageous Conversation and a Foundation For Deinstitutionalizing Racism and Eliminating Racial Achievement Disparities (2-Day)

Beyond Diversity is a powerful, personal transforming two-day seminar designed to help administrators, staff, and stakeholders understand the impact of race on our lives, our work, and our learning. Interactive and stirring exercises strengthen participants’ critical consciousness of race and leads them to investigate the role that racism plays in deinstitutionalizing achievement disparities. Most importantly, it models and teaches a protocol for discussing race in ways that are productive, insightful and generative. We cannot solve the problems created by racism without discussing race, and Beyond Diversity with a 25-year history and over 100,000 alumni, imparts a method for having a Courageous Conversation.

Area Focus: Equity
Topic: Cultural/Gender/Racial Equity
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: Principals, Assistant Principals, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Nader Twal
Program Administrator - Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development
Long Beach USD
Jennifer Crockett
Program Specialist
Long Beach Unified School District
Amy Pendray
Program Specialist
Long Beach Unified School District

PC102-2DAY | Leading Change: The Transformative Power of Design Thinking (2-Day)

Implement high-impact, equity-minded systems and site-based reforms by listening first and designing second. Experience and internalize the five modes of design thinking as a continuous improvement strategy. Reflect on the power of each mode and strategize potential applications of design thinking for a change effort in your local context. Build capacity to cultivate a culture of collaboration and power cycles of team learning when solving big problems.

Area Focus: Leading Learning Systems
Topics: Change Management, Comprehensive System Improvement/Reform
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, District Office Personnel (Directors/Consultants for Instruction, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Assessment), Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents

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Crystal Gonzales
Executive Director
English Learners Success Forum
Renae Skarin
Director, Curriculum Review Process
EL Success Forum
Aida Walqui
Director, Teacher Professional Development Program
WestEd

PC103 | Instructional Materials That Meet English Learners' Needs

Join Crystal Gonzales, Aida Walqui and Renae Skarin to learn high-quality, educative curriculum is a fundamental component of an educational program that helps students access rigorous content and prepares English learners for college and career. Learn fundamental design principles and guidelines for selecting or adapting high-quality materials that will support educators in improving educational outcomes for English learners. Examine sample lessons featuring specific scaffolds that simultaneously promote access to language and content. Practice reviewing learning materials and making suggestions for improvement.

Area Focus: Instructional Materials and Curriculum
Topics: English Learners / Linguistic Diversity, Equitable Access and Outcomes
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Douglas Reeves
Creative Leadership Solutions
Thomas Guskey
University of Kentucky

PC104 | The Mythbusters Guide to Educational Research

Learn how your beliefs can be reinforced or undermined by a rigorous multimethod approach to research. Explore a variety of methods, including quantitative analysis, case studies, qualitative methods, meta-analyses, and syntheses of meta-analyses. Engage in a case study addressing a problem of practice through the lens of alternative research methods. Discover how you can become better advocates for the best available research and, along the way, be willing to challenge some of the prevailing myths of education.

Area Focus: Using Data and Measuring Impact
Topics: Advocacy Efforts, Data-Driven Decision Making, Evaluation and Impact
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: Policy Makers and Community Stakeholders, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Technical Assistance Providers

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Jennie Beltramini
Math Specialist
Student Achievement Partners
Jody Guarino
Mathematics Coordinator
Orange County Department of Education

PC105 | Developing Teacher Mathematical Content Knowledge & Pedagogy: A Professional Learning Model

Learn about an innovative model of professional learning in which mathematical content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, and knowledge of student thinking are developed within the actual work of teaching. Understand equitable practices and how they can be developed within the model of professional learning. Investigate instructional routines and consider the affordances of teacher learning and student learning through engagement in the routines and analysis of lesson artifacts. Leave prepared to integrate components of the model of professional learning in your own setting.

Area Focus: Equity
Topics: Mathematics, Models of Professional Learning
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: District Office Personnel (Directors/Consultants for Instruction, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Assessment), Principals, Assistant Principals, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Tala Manassah
Deputy Executive Director
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Daniel Coles
Senior Program Manager
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility

PC106 | Social and Emotional Learning, Restorative Practices, and Brave Conversations About Race

This workshop will expose participants to a powerful three-pronged whole-school model for advancing equity in our schools: Social and Emotional Learning, Restorative Practices, and Brave Conversations about race. The foundation of the equitable school is social and emotional learning for all members of the community. SEL skills enable both young people and adults to build meaningful relationships – and research tells us that young people both need and crave such connections, and that adults are not given adequate preparation in these skills prior to assuming their roles in schools. Restorative practices, and circles especially, offer a powerful container in which to practice these skills and build a deep sense of community. Participants will gain tools and strategies for framing cross-racial conversations about race and racism and engage in an interactive experience of a brave space, through enlightening, meaningful and supportive conversation.

Area Focus: Equity
Topics: Cultural/Gender/Racial Equity, Culture and Climate
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: Principals, Assistant Principals, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Ann Delehant
Consultant
Delehant and Associates
Amy Colton
Director
Center for Collaborative Inquiry
Debbie Cooke
Educatinal Consultant
WPGL Consulting

PC107 | Elevating Teacher Leadership

Teacher leadership as a means to improving schools is a powerful strategy to promote effective, collaborative teaching practices that lead to increased student achievement, improve decision-making at the school and district level, and create a dynamic teaching profession for the 21st century. Explore steps to improve teacher leadership in your schools and districts. Identify and challenge assumptions that interfere with the goals of teacher leadership. Foster a collaborative culture with the ability to manage and lead change.

Area Focus: Leading Learning Systems
Topics: Leadership Development, Teacher Leadership
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, Principals, Assistant Principals, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Saroja Warner
Senior State Technical Assistance Director
WestEd, Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center
Alana Murray
Principal
Montgomery County Public Schools
Sean Warner
Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Clark Atlanta University (CAU) School of Education

PC108 | Learning From and With Communities to Be a Culturally Responsive Educator

Effective educators in schools today must be culturally responsive in practice to effectively support educational equity for each student. Learn key practices for developing educators’ culturally responsive practice through co-constructed school-community learning experiences. Experience through simulations learning opportunities anchored in community engagement experiences that support the development of culturally responsive practices among teachers and leaders. Develop plans for implementing school-community learning experiences for developing culturally responsive educators in their home schools, districts, and programs.

Area Focus: Equity
Topics: Community/Family Engagement, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, Principals, Assistant Principals, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches

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Patrice Pujol
Chief Strategy Officer
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
Ann Shaw
Executive Director of Training
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching

PC109 | Creating a System of Support for School Improvement

Transform your school with instructional excellence, collaborative professional learning, reflective culture, and collective leadership. Build strategic, intentional systems of supports to strengthen principal and teacher leadership, goal setting, sustained professional learning, coaching, and data analysis. Identify the areas in your schools that need to be strengthened, and learn specific strategies for improving them within a system of continuous improvement.

Area Focus: Learning Communities and Continuous Improvement
Topics: Comprehensive System Improvement/Reform, Continuous improvement Cycles
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: District Office Personnel (Directors/Consultants for Instruction, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Assessment), Principals, Assistant Principals, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents

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Eleanor Drago-Severson
University Professor
Teachers College Columbia University

PC110 | Teaming & Engaging Difficult Conversations: A Developmental Approach

Teaming and collaboration catalyze learning today in schools and systems. This session will provide guidance and tools to help educators engage effectively in teams and turn toward difficult conversations and situations to enhance collaboration. Explore adult developmental theory and how it supports growth and student achievement. Learn about a developmental approach to teaming and engaging difficult conversations. Develop skills for building structures and cultures that support individual and team growth.

Area Focus: Developing and Supporting Leaders
Topics: Adult Development and Learning, Leadership Development
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: Principals, Assistant Principals, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Michael Dolcemascolo
Thinking Collaborative
Jane Ellison
Director Emeritus
Thinking Collaborative

PC111 | Facilitation Skills for Group Effectiveness

Increase your effectiveness as a presenter and facilitator. Learn ways to promote your presentations, manage groups, effectively give directions, scaffold strategies for interesting presentations and effective facilitation. Extend your personal skills and repertoire for delivering important content and navigating group dialogues and discussions.

Area Focus: Learning Designs and Implementation
Topics: Adult Development and Learning, Culture and Climate, Facilitation, Learning Networks
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, Principals, Assistant Principals, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Denise Augustine (Swee’alt)
Director of Aboriginal Education and Learner Engagement
School District 79 Cowichan
Rod Allen
School District 79 Cowichan

PC112 | Walking the Talk of Educational Transformation: Leading and Learning (CANCELLED)

Engage with a story of educational transformation - informed by the knowledge of our teachers, students and community; grounded in the wisdom of our indigenous people; weaving together a global education conversation, an empowering curriculum, and learning sciences. Explore the role that school and district leadership play. Experience the frameworks and processes used to support and sustain the work and explore the possibilities for applying them in your context.

 

Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: District Office Personnel (Directors/Consultants for Instruction, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Assessment), Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents

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Andrew Hargreaves
University Professor
Boston College
Dennis Shirley
Professor and Editor in Chief, Journal of Educational Change
Boston College, Lynch School of Education

PC201 | Learning to Be: Promoting Engagement, Identity, and Well-Being

After years of pushing relentlessly on tested achievement, there is a growing realization that young people now need to focus more on leading lives of meaning and purpose, develop self-confidence in who they are, and have a sense of belonging to other people and to something bigger than themselves. Discover how we as educators can support students to succeed and thrive. Learn how to expand your definitions of learning, promote students’ well-being, and help them grow in confidence and joy. Examine inspiring cases of schools that strengthen students' learning, engagement, identity, and well-being. Reflect with peers on their own efforts to move beyond a preoccupation with achievement and effort toward a wider commitment to learning and development.

Area Focus: Social & Emotional Learning and Health
Topics: School Improvement/Reform, Social Emotional Learning/Health (SEL/SEH)
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours

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Fernando M. Reimers
Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice in International Education
Harvard

PC202 | How Curriculum and Professional Development Support Deeper Learning and 21st-Century Skills

Explore the Global Education Innovation Initiative, a research-practice collaborative that supports the transformation of public education to empower youth to participate civically and economically in a rapidly changing world. The initiative conducts research, engages in informed dialogues, and develops curriculum. Dive into the results of three studies examining the contributions of ambitious curriculum in guiding the development of cognitive and socio-emotional skills that enable students to become self-authoring individuals in a complex and uncertain world. Examine how highly effective teacher professional development programs in 10 countries support teachers in gaining the competencies to lead students in powerful learning. Learn about a professional development approach that is anchored in the development of project-based curriculum aligned with real-life challenges, as reflected in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Area Focus: International Perspectives and Emerging Issues
Topics: Educator Effectiveness, International Perspectives
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: District Office Personnel (Directors/Consultants for Instruction, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Assessment), Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents

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Frederick Brown
Deputy Executive Director
Learning Forward
Nikki Mouton
Senior District Fellow
Learning Forward
Wendy Robinson
Superintendent
Fort Wayne Community Schools

PC203 | Becoming a Learning System

Systems can be difficult to describe. All of us know the respiratory system exists, but few can explain its essential roles and responsibilities in sustaining living organisms. Effective learning systems are no less difficult to describe. Join this session, based on the book Becoming a Learning System, and focus on the essential attributes of a learning system, roles and responsibilities of key players, strategies for building district- and school-based learning agendas for learning teams, and how systems thrive in a cycle of continuous improvement. Hear how one district made the journey to become— from district leadership to school-based leadership teams—a model system of learning. Learn about the successes and the challenges; leave with strategies you can use to apply to an issue in your own district for which professional learning is an appropriate response.

Area Focus: Learning Communities and Continuous Improvement
Topics: Continuous improvement Cycles, School Improvement/Reform
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, District Office Personnel (Directors/Consultants for Instruction, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Assessment), Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents

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Clara Howitt
Superintendent of Education - Program and Professional Learning
Greater Essex District School Board
Alexandra Fuentes

PC204 | Becoming a Learning Team

Based on the latest book in Learning Forward’s “learning series,” this session focuses on the actions of the professional learning team in the application of a five-stage cycle of continuous learning. Participants will explore case studies and learn about ideas and actions that support the development of learning teams that experience and model professional learning that is long term, sustained, and standards driven; grounded in a cycle of continuous improvement; and capable of inspiring all to take responsibility for the learning of every adult and student in the school.

Area Focus: Learning Communities and Continuous Improvement
Topics: Continuous improvement Cycles, Improving Instruction
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: Principals, Assistant Principals, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Joellen Killion
Senior Advisory
Learning Forward Senior Advisor

PC205 | The Feedback Process: The Power of Learner-Focused Feedback (FULL)

Feedback is a core part of a continuous improvement process for educators. The usefulness of feedback among educators depends on its quality, the context in which it is provided, and the frame of mind of those engaged in the process. Examine the attributes of effective feedback as well as the various types, purposes, and sources of feedback among teachers. Learn how to create a culture in which educators routinely exchange feedback, engage in interactions, and assess the effectiveness of feedback. Gain a deeper understanding of the feedback process and how to employ it to promote increased educator effectiveness.

Participants will receive a copy of The Feedback Process: Transforming Feedback for Professional Learning, by Joellen Killion.

Area Focus: Leading Learning Systems
Topics: Feedback and Observations, Leadership Development
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: Principals, Assistant Principals, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents

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Tori Filler
ELA/Literacy Specialist
Student Achievement Partners

PC206 | Developing Equitable Instructional Practice in Literacy: A Focus on K-2 Foundational Skills

All students deserve excellent foundational skills instruction that sets them on paths to college and career. But just what does equitable, standards-aligned, high-quality foundational skills instruction in a K-2 classroom look like? This session will focus on the components of a strong foundational skills experience for all students, including turnkey resources to build content knowledge and an observation tool that supports improvement of teacher practice though coaching, reflection, planning, or professional learning.

 

Area Focus: Instructional Materials and Curriculum
Topics: College- and Career-Readiness/Student Performance Standards, Equitable Access and Outcomes, Improving Instruction, Literacy
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: District Office Personnel (Directors/Consultants for Instruction, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Assessment), Principals, Assistant Principals, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Shelly LeDoux
Professional Development Provider
Charles A. Dana Center
Katey Arrington
Manager of K-12 Services, K-12 Education Strategy, Policy, and Services
Charles A.Dana Center

PC207 | Creating a Common and Actionable Mathematics Vision

Bridge the gap between the current state of mathematics instruction and your vision of success for all students. Explore how Innovation Configuration (IC) maps can serve as tools to support the work of instructional leaders in your efforts to promote deep mathematical understanding in students. Learn about ways IC maps, rooted in research-based mathematics teaching practices, can provide opportunities for purposeful reflection on progress, inform action plans based on teacher and student learning needs, and support dialogue and ongoing learning designed to build a stronger instructional program.

Area Focus: Learning Communities and Continuous Improvement
Topics: Improving Instruction, Mathematics
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Zaretta Hammond
Author-Education Consultant
Transformative Learning Solutions

PC208 | Coaching for Instructional Equity Using Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (FULL)

Many schools have not been able to pivot from developing cultural proficiency to using culturally responsive practices to raise achievement scores. This session will focus on designing learning experiences for teachers that help them use culture as a cognitive scaffold rather than as multicultural "window dressing" in lessons and units. Examine tools and scripts to shift negative deficit thinking about student learning ability. Learn coaching strategies for designing lessons, units, and instructional activities that are cognitively demanding and engaging for students in ways that expand students' ability to carry more of the cognitive load.

Area Focus: Leveraging Coaches and Mentors
Topics: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Improving Instruction
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, Principals, Assistant Principals, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches

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Nancy Gerzon
Consultant
WestEd

PC209 | Professional Learning to Promote Teacher and Student Agency: A Teacher-Led, Video-Based Model

Educators know that collaborative professional learning strengthens instructional practice and enhances student learning, but the reality is that collaborative learning does not always lead to improved practice. Explore a transformative professional learning model that uses continuous improvement cycles, teacher-led video study of classroom practice, and student-facing rubrics to strengthen instructional practice and enhance student learning. Learn key practices to step up site-based collaborative learning, including guidance for how to integrate classroom video and strategies that promote teacher and student agency.

Area Focus: Learning Designs and Implementation
Topics: Continuous improvement Cycles, Technology for Professional Learning
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Lauren Weisskirk
Chief Strategy Officer
EdReports
Shannah Estep
Outreach Specialist
EdReports
Jody Guarino
Mathematics Coordinator
Orange County Department of Education
Janise Lane
Executive Director, Teaching and Learning
Baltimore City Public Schools

PC210 | Reimagining Teacher Engagement at The Heart of Curriculum Selection and Implementation Efforts

It seems like everyone is talking about curriculum these days, particularly as districts across the country are finding more and more aligned products on the market and a variety of materials that could work for their students. Ultimately, however, the responsibility for creating a rigorous classroom environment rests with teachers, and far too often they have not been engaged in curricular decisions in meaningful ways. Learn how two districts have moved past engagement lip-service into real, thoughtful discussion and feedback to ensure the right decisions are made and that there is lasting ownership distributed throughout the teacher community. Learn from leaders from Baltimore City Public Schools (MD) and Orange County Department of Education (CA) about their successes, challenges, and recommendations for others. In this interactive session, participants will gain hands-on practice with planning tools and protocols while collaborating with the facilitators, curriculum adoption experts, and each other.

Area Focus: Instructional Materials and Curriculum
Topics: Improving Instruction, Instructional Leadership and Supervision, Integrating Student or Teacher Voice, Literacy, Mathematics, Teacher Leadership, Urban Issues and Settings
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: District Office Personnel (Directors/Consultants for Instruction, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Assessment), Principals, Assistant Principals, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents

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Jill Harrison Berg
Leadership Coach & School Improvement Consultant
Jill Harrison Berg Consulting
Sonia Caus Gleason
Teacher Leader
Genevra Valvo
Waltham Public Schools

PC211 | Principals and Teacher Leaders: Leading Together Toward Equitable Schools (CANCELLED)

Today’s schools must strive to ensure every student can succeed. Indeed, most are not currently designed to ensure equity. Come question your assumptions about the role of teachers as leaders who can partner with principals to advance the individual and organizational learning needed for equitable schools. Examine schools’ use of an equity framework to transform educators’ beliefs, practices and policies, and collaborate with colleagues to create a powerful plan.

Area Focus: Equity
Topics: Cultural/Gender/Racial Equity, Distributed/Shared Leadership
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: Principals, Assistant Principals, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Michael Dolcemascolo
Thinking Collaborative

PC212 | Storytelling: Leading, Teaching, and Transforming in a New Way

A leader’s job is to influence, and stories persuade and inspire more effectively than reports, studies, statistics or PowerPoint presentations. Stories bring people together and unify them for specific purposes. Storytelling is a vital component in the toolbox of presenters, facilitators, teachers, and all leaders. Based in premier presenter Bob Garmston’s book, The Astonishing Power of Storytelling, participants will actively engage in the what, why, and how of storytelling that teaches and transforms.
Area Focus: Learning Designs and Implementation
Topics: Adult Development and Learning, Culture and Climate, Models of Professional Learning
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, District Office Personnel (Directors/Consultants for Instruction, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Assessment), Principals, Assistant Principals, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Val Brown
Professional Development Trainer
Teaching Tolerance
Byron Durias
Principal
Seminole County Public Schools

PC213 | Social Justice Teaching 101

Learn how to effectively implement anti-bias instruction in your classroom. Explore practical strategies for accomplishing academic and social and emotional goals. Discuss learning conditions that honor all identities and reflect diversity, equity, and justice. Explore ready-to-use materials, apply rigorous standards, and plan ways to incorporate research-based teaching practices, and leave with ideas and tools for transforming your classroom and school.

Area Focus: Equity
Topics: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Culture and Climate, Social Emotional Learning/Health (SEL/SEH)
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: Principals, Assistant Principals, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Kendall Zoller
President
Sierra Training Associates, Inc.

PC214 | The Choreography of Presenting

Imagine consistently presenting with purpose and intention in any setting with a choreographer’s mindset. Learn how communicative intelligence can enhance your ability to communicate with greater congruence and authenticity in any setting, including one-on-one, committee, and entire staff meetings. Explore the essential abilities of effective presenters, including credibility, rapport, reading a group, listening, acknowledging, responding, and recovering with grace. Practice strategies for handing challenging questions and comments from participants with dignity while maintaining a positive group dynamic.

Area Focus: Learning Communities and Continuous Improvement
Topics: Leadership Development, Teacher Leadership
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Marcia Tate
CEO
Developing Minds, Inc.

PC215 | Sit & Get Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Professional Learning Strategies That Engage the Adult Brain

Visualize the worst presentation that you have ever been a part of as an adult learner. Now visualize the best. No doubt there is a considerable difference between the two. Examine six principles of adult learning theory that should be considered when interacting with faculty, staff, and professional learning communities. Experience 10 characteristics of quality professional learning that should be applied when implementing professional development. Plan your next professional learning incorporating some of the 20 brain-based strategies that take advantage of the ways adult and student brains learn best.

Area Focus: Learning Designs and Implementation
Topics: Adult Development and Learning, Implementation
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Jim Knight
Senior Partner
Instructional Coaching Group

PC216 | Better Conversations

Much of our joy and sorrow in life, and our success and failure at work, are the direct result of our relationships. Our relationships flourish or fail depending on how well we communicate. Learn how to listen and communicate with empathy, find common bonds, and build emotional connections. Develop the beliefs and habits that lead to better conversations and more life-giving conversations.

Area Focus: Leading Learning Systems
Topics: Culture and Climate, Leadership Development
Session Length: Full day — 5-hours
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, Principals, Assistant Principals, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches

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