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Join our nation's teacher leadership community at the 2019 National Teacher Leadership Conference: A Radical Imagination for the Future, hosted by the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY).

This year's conference will push you out of your comfort zone to re-imagine the future of education. Educators and school leaders from across the globe will unite to collaborate on four problems of practice:

BEST PRACTICES IN TEACHING AND LEARNING
CULTIVATING EQUITABLE SCHOOLS
THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

You will have the freedom to design your own teacher leadership experience based on three tracks: classroom practice, supporting teachers, and policy and advocacy.

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July 9: Preconference Institutes and Academies: Coffee, followed by a variety of professional development options to best fit your practice. Attend a Teachers Leading Academy, Voya STEM Academy, or NNSTOY Member Master Class. Paid focus groups with conference sponsors (optional) in the afternoon. Welcome reception with open bar and appetizers in the evening. More information on the Academies and Master Classes below.

July 10: Day of Inspiration and Service: Breakfast, followed by provocative and motivating TED-Style talks from presented by State Teachers of the Year calling you to action. Build community with your homerooms and have in-depth conversations in intimate groups. Picnic lunch, then engage in a service project with conference attendees in our host city, Orlando. Reception with open bar and appetizers in the evening.

July 11: Best Practices in Teaching and Learning and Cultivating Equitable Schools: Breakfast, lunch, and networking happy hour. Deep-dive into two of the four problems of practice. In the morning we will engage in Best Practices in Teaching and Learning, beginning with a keynote session followed by two hour-long breakout sessions. Breakout sessions will flow into three tracks: classroom practice, supporting teachers and policy and advocacy. The afternoon will follow the same format as we engage in the Cultivating Equitable Schools Problem of Practice.

July 12:  Breakfast and lunch included. The Future of Education and SEL for Teachers and Students: Deep-dive into the following two Problems of Practice. In the morning we will engage in The Future of Education, beginning with a keynote session followed by two hour-long breakout sessions. Breakout sessions will flow into three tracks: classroom practice, supporting teachers and policy and advocacy. The afternoon will follow the same format as we engage in the SEL for Teachers and Students Problem of Practice.

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The Wyndham Grand Orlando Bonnet Creek

The Wyndham Grand Orlando Bonnet Creek is a secluded, tranquil hideaway near Disney World. It offers a full service spa, five restaurants, a state-of-the-art fitness center, pools with a lazy river, playground, game rooms, miniature golf, picnic/bbq areas, ping pong, and a free shuttle to and from Disney Theme Parks.

The room block is closed and the hotel is at capacity. We encourage you to look into other local hotels in the area:

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Waldorf Astoria

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

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Voya STEM Fellows

Voya STEM Academy

Characteristics of Rockstar STEM Teaching

July 8: 5 – 8 pm; July 9: 8 – 5 pm, you will receive a Certificate of Participation for 12 hours

Have you ever wondered what teaching characteristics make a STEM teacher a truly rock star teacher? Are you ready to take your STEM teaching to the next level?  Join us for an authentic STEM learning experience via an evening workshop on July 8 followed by a STEM Academy (July 9)!

Ditch the “sit-and-get” and get exploring with us! Our experiential learning adventure will engage participants around the key STEM topics of inquiry, risk-taking, curiosity building, and promoting failure while sharing strategies that build strong classroom partnerships with colleagues, community organizations, and businesses.  Best of all, this workshop is designed by leading STEM educators for STEM educators. Come explore with us!

Chris Holmes, Teacher, Missouri 2015

Master Class

SEL for Teachers and Students

Human Learning & Wellbeing: Meeting the Needs of Today's Adolescents

8 – 11 am

Participants will be introduced to scientific research and student interviews supporting a 9-12 Human Learning & Wellbeing curriculum that explicitly teaches learning theory and psychological wellbeing, while facilitating students’ explorations of culture, motivation, and happiness. In groups of four, participants will discuss, debate, and propose basic content, goals, and assessments.

Dr. Julie Marshall NBCT, South Carolina 2011 Finalist, Teacher, Saluda Trail Middle School , Adjunct, Winthrop University

Master Class

Future of Education

The Entrepreneurship Project: Own Your Education. Own Your Future.

8 – 11 am

Preparing students for the future involves more than mastery of content knowledge. It involves teaching our students to use critical thinking skills to move beyond the reality they know today. Our need for innovators and design thinkers is great. Students must be taught to dream and to see their futures in nontraditional paths. As we teach students to own their learning, we should also teach them to own their future. Entrepreneurship can be embedded in most content areas as an innovative, fun way to explore a future unknown to all.

Master Class

Cultivating Equitable Schools

Equity in Action: Building Blocks for Inclusive Learning Environments

8 – 11 am

In order for schools to be equitable and inclusive environments for students, educators must take a multi-leveled approach to the work. In this master class, participants will engage in activities that allow collaboration and reflection to examine the building blocks of equitable schools: the educator, the classroom, and school policies.

Monica Washington, Instructional Coach, Texas 2014

Afrika Afeni Mills, Senior Manager of Inclusive and Responsive Educational Practices

Sydney Chaffee, National Teacher of the Year 2017

Master Class

Best Practices for Teaching and Learning

Action!: Using Theater to Change the World

8 – 11 am

Onstage, success isn’t measured by test scores. It’s about stirring the audience’s hearts, transforming into someone new, collaborating behind the scenes to make the whole show possible. When we introduce theater techniques into our classrooms, we can help students challenge their notions of what they are capable of achieving. At the same time, we can help them strengthen their literacy skills and develop social and emotional competencies. In this session, get hands-on experience with a variety of theater activities while thinking through how you might use these strategies to engage and empower your students.

Dorina Sackman-Ebuwa, Teacher on Loan/Linguistic Equity Consultant, Florida 2014

Master Class

Best Practices for Teaching and Learning

Linguistic Inequity and ELLs: Lifting the Voice of the Silenced Learner one Strategy at a Time!

8 – 11 am

In this highly interactive workshop, participants learn how linguistic inequity impacts school culture, climate and classroom success. Through “real talk” discussions, scenarios, activities, and an intense “Walk in Their Shoes”, attendees become empowered with the top twenty strategies to enhance ELL learning, to improve ELL academic language literacy in content areas and to create a linguistically equitable environment for ALL! Get ready to laugh, cry, get mad, and get REAL. That is, if you B.E.L.I.E.V.E.!

Teachers Leading Academies

8 am – 2 pm, you will receive a Certificate of Participation for 6 hours

Choose from one of three teacher leadership academies created by NNSTOY based off of the Teacher Leader Model Standards. To view a comprehensive flyer about each course, click the links under each title.

Leading Professional Learning

Facebook for Education

Partner Institute

Activating, Connecting and Transforming Learning Communities

12 – 3 pm

During this interactive session, participants we will learn about Facebook Education tools and resources that can be easily leveraged in their work to activate, connect, and transform their learning communities.

BARR Center

Partner Institute

The Classroom to the Boardroom: Building Meaningful Relationships with Students is Everyone’s Responsibility

12 – 3 pm

A recent Gallup Student Poll of nearly one million U.S .students found that only half reported feeling engaged in school, and a fifth reported feeling actively disengaged. Typically, school-improvement models designed to overcome these barriers focus on school day structure and curriculum changes – however limited resources, poverty, racism, and apathy often impede progress. How might we implement practical day-to-day strategies that develop personal relationships between educators and students, and provide educators new techniques for driving student success? Join BARR, a proven intervention, to harness the power of Building Assets and Reducing Risks to empower ALL students to lead healthy and supported lives.

Center for Curriculum Redesign

Partner Institute

SEL for Teachers and Students

Incorporating Social and Emotional Learning Into Teaching of Disciplines

12 – 3 pm

In this session, participants will take a deep dive into 12 competencies of social and emotional learning; will explore whether/how they currently teach these through their content discipline; and how they might contribute to the ongoing research base in this area.

 

Attendees will leave with a richer understanding of key competencies of social and emotional learning, a reflective perspective of how they teach these through their content discipline, and of what they need to learn in order to do this more effectively.

 

This institute is open to all K-12 teachers of any content area who are interested in social and emotional learning.

Education Post

Partner Institute

Blogging and Social Media for Advocacy and Activism

12 – 3 pm

If we truly want equity for all students, we need to reach hearts as well as minds. In this institute, we will explore how to use the tools of online storytelling and social sharing to spread messages that help you see more impact from your advocacy on behalf of children.

Focus Groups

Focus groups hosted by Conference Sponsors

Be part of a focus group with one of our conference partners. Lend your knowledge and expertise to inform various products and narratives in the educational landscape. Click on each logo to learn more about the focus group and sign up below!

*NNSTOY encourages conference partners to compensate focus group participants for their time. Compensation is at the discretion of the partner.

Empowering All Students through Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading: Focus Group for Potential Professional Learning Program

Facebook Education Narrative

How can we create a movement for supporting equity for all students that transcends partisan politics?

Understood Focus Group

Teacher Burnout and Self Care

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Morning of Motivation and Afternoon of Service

A morning of motivating Ted-style talks followed by an afternoon of giving back to our host community. Sign up for a service project below.

 

Inspire the Desire to Teach: a mini conference in partnership with the Florida Education Association. Space is limited to 60 conference attendees – we will host a mini conference for high school students who wish to become future educators. Further information will be provided from conference organizers.

 

Mural Painting: a community service project for Orlando Gifted Academy. We will paint murals and garden stepping stones. Transportation will be provided.

 

Pink Santa Hat Movement: the Pink Santa Hat Movement provides educators who are fighting or have bravely fought breast cancer with an opportunity to lift their spirits through hope, support, and fellowship. Online donations will be accepted.

Read more about the Day of Service options

Tammy Jerkins, 2018 Florida Teacher of the Year

Keynote

Morning of Motivation

Mindset and Mentoring Matter

Tammy will share her teacher story and how teaching growth mindset and mentoring can be the difference-makers for our at-risk students.

Mandy Manning, 2018 National Teacher of the Year

Keynote

Morning of Motivation

Owning Our Power

Educators have the expertise and the experience to lead education policy, yet we are often not even invited to the table. Our experience in the classroom arms us with the knowledge and perspectives to know what is best for our schools, for our colleagues, and for our students. Together, in collaboration, as teacher leaders, we must step outside of our classrooms and demand to take the lead.

David Novak, Founder and CEO, oGoLead; Co-founder, Retired Chairman and CEO, YUM! Brands; NYTS Bestselling Leadership Book Author

Closing Keynote

Morning of Motivation

The Awesome Power of Recognition

Recognize the gifts and encourage people to follow their dreams, David draws on personal, real-life experiences to explore with educators about the awesome power and great impact of recognition.

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Starr Sackstein, Director of Humanities, author

Keynote

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A Recovering Perfectionist's Journey To Give Up Grades

Every child has the ability to learn and it is our job as educators to tap into what each student can know and can do. But how do we do this best? Now is the time for us to take a hard look at our assessment practices and to start to make real shifts for the benefit of all kids.

Abdul Wright, 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Breakout CP

Best Practices for Teaching and Learning

Fistbumps and Student Achievement

Mr. Wright facilitates an interactive lesson that lifts up the connection between student achievement and strong relationships with students and the impact this connection has on students, classrooms and schools. While simultaneously exploring the dynamic of being a teacher and mentor to students.

Breakout CP

Best Practices for Teaching and Learning

When I wanted to quit, my students decided to lead: How events change people - and the skills they need to meet the challenge!

Educators talk about how they teach leadership and challenge students to become aware of issues around them and then design effective solutions. Hear real life stories and see available free lessons for middle and high school students.

Dyane Smokorowski, Andover Public Schools, Instructional Technology Coach

Zudannie Nunez-Hernandez, Design and Architecture Senior High, Miami, Florida

Kassia Omohundro Wedekind, Acquisitions and Development Editor

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Best Practices for Teaching and Learning

Making an Impact Through Writing: Tips for Publishing a Book for Fellow Teachers

Whether you’re just thinking about writing or already have an idea you’re working on, come explore the process of writing professional books from developing your ideas to writing a proposal. Kassia, a former classroom teacher and coach and current editor for Stenhouse Publishers, will share practical tips for getting started.

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Best Practices for Teaching and Learning

"The 'Minority' is the 'Majority': How Culturally Responsive Teaching is Necessary in Today's Classrooms"

“The aim of this session is to introduce and familiarize participants with the fundamentals of culturally responsive teaching (CRT). During this session, participants will engage in an array of activities designed to promote awareness and early development of key CRT skills, including self-awareness, uncovering students’ funds of knowledge, and decision-making.
– Self-Awareness Activities
– Curriculum Planning/Funds of Knowledge
– Scenario Discussions”

Travis Rodgers (Strategic Advisor-Director of Diversity and Equity)-ETS

Jennifer Klafehn (Research Scientist)-ETS

Wesley Williams (Senior Project Director)-Westat

Breakout PA

Best Practices for Teaching and Learning

Teach Plus Policy Change & Advocacy to Build a World-Class State Education System: Reflections from the States and A Case Study from Maryland

Teach Plus develops, empowers, and supports teacher leaders in 10 states in successfully advocating for education policy changes that yield greater opportunity and outcomes for students. These teacher leaders recently shaped legislation to ensure teacher training in trauma-informed practices, expand mental health supports in schools, improve supports for immigrant and refugee students, and expand access to early learning opportunities. Maryland has adopted all four of these changes — as well as building and elevating the teaching profession — as part of an unprecedented multi-year effort to build a world-class education system for all students.

 

Alice Cain and Christopher Marino, will share recent case studies and a policymaker’s firsthand perspective on advocacy strategies that hold the most promise for the future.

Alice Cain, EVP for Policy and Partnerships, Teach Plus and Delegate, MD House of Delegates

Christopher Marino, Teach Plus Massachusetts & Rhode Island Policy Manager

Breakout PA

Best Practices for Teaching and Learning

Creating Cultures of Empathy in the Classrooms

“This session will show attendees how to:
-Use technology to overcome segregated classrooms at an early age
-Create an action plan to cultivate a classroom culture that focuses on empathy, perspective building, compassion, and respect
-Learn strategies for how to foster relationships and connect with diverse groups of students

Michael J. Dunlea 2012 NJ State Teacher of the Year Finalist

Dr. Melissa Collins 2014 Tennessee State Teacher of the Year Finalist

Shaun Mitchell, English Teacher at Central High School

Breakout CP

Best Practices for Teaching and Learning

Empowering Students to be Engaged Citizens through Student-Centered Learning

Shaun Mitchell from Central High School will discuss his work with Project Citizen, a two-week summer writing literacy lab. He’ll facilitate group activities and discussions to help participants gain a deeper understanding of how student-centered learning can get students involved in their communities and to advocate for important issues.

Breakout CP

Best Practices in Teaching and Learning

Voya STEM Fellowship: Unpacking Elements of Rockstar STEM Teaching

How can STEM educators be empowered with the skills they need to create robust learning environments? Through the Voya STEM Fellowship, 15 Master STEM Educators have partnered with 15 Early Career Educators in an exploration of this question and much more!  Join us to engage in conversations about what we have learned and next steps all K-12 educators can take to improve STEM teaching and learning.

Kristen Record, Physics Teacher; Connecticut Teacher of the Year 2011

Dyane Smokorowski, Technology and Innovation Lead Teacher, Kansas Teacher of the Year 2013

Anthony E. Grisillo, Teacher Librarian & Technology Coordinator, Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year 2014

Carly Bowden, 7th Grade Math Teacher; Andover, KS

Steve Elza, Automotive Technology Teacher; Illinois Teacher of the Year 2015

Craig Martin, Principal

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Best Practices for Teaching and Learning

Transforming Teacher Practice Through Feedback

This interactive session will feature 4 promising practices in 1)Leading with inquiry; 2)Teacher Led Learning Walks; 3)Providing Effective Feedback; and 4)Power of Self/Peer Observations. Participants will be provided with interactive digital tools they can utilize to capture a culture of improvement while enhancing teacher leadership and student achievement. Additionally, Session participants will leave with a tool-kit of real time resources they can use to transform teacher practice even in the most challenging community settings.

Dr. Pamela Harman, Teacher

Breakout PA

Best Practices for Teaching and Learning

Getting to Know You: Respectful and Impactful Teaching Practices

In this session, participants will learn how to assess students’ personality in order to create a community of learners and to increase student learning and participation. Participants will grow a deeper understanding of themselves and others.

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Best Practices for Teaching and Learning

Teacher Leaders as Agents of Change

“In Chicago and Indianapolis, Teach Plus Change Agents, in partnership with their principals, develop solutions to their schools’ unique problems of practice. From designing and implementing a better Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) to implementing standards-based grading, they demonstrate how teacher leadership is leveraged to solve widespread educational issues.

Jamie Dusinberre, Teach Plus National Instructional Leadership Coach

Makensie Smith, Teach Plus Indianapolis Change Agent

Kelisa Wing - Instructional Coach, DoDEA

Keynote

Cultivating Equitable Schools

Face It, Trace It, Replace It

Check with Kelisa

Leigh Ann Erickson, 2019 Finalist for Iowa TOY, English and Social Justice Teacher and Director of Student Support, Mt. Vernon High School

Keynote

Cultivating Equitable Schools

What Should We Teach our White Students

Breakout CP

Cultivating Equitable Schools

Looking Through the Eyes of Diversity: A Culturally Responsive Toolbox

Gloria Pereyra-Robertson, Oregon Teacher of the Year 2017

Brett Bigham, Oregon Teacher of the Year 2014

Breakout CP

Cultivating Equitable Schools

Unpacking Bias and Enhancing Empathy to Create Truly Inclusive Classrooms For the 1 in 5

1 in 5 students have learning or attention issues. To create truly inclusive classrooms for all students, educators must identify, examine and mitigate biases. We will explore biases and share strategies to enhance empathy in the classroom, both between educators and students and between students and their peers.

Jessica Cisneros - K/1 Lead Teacher/Teacher Leader

Michelle Capriotti- 7-12 Special Education and Career and Technical Education Teacher

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Cultivating Equitable Schools

"Equity in Action: Empowering Educators to Transform School Communities "

“Creating school environments that empower all students to thrive requires changes to both systems and instruction. In this session, educators will unpack blind spots in their policies and curriculum that may lead to inequitable practices. Participants will leave with an action plan for implementing equitable practices in their schools.

Monica Washington Instructional Coach

Afrika Afeni Mills: Senior Manager of Inclusive and Responsive Educational Practices

Breakout PA

Cultivating Equitable Schools

Collaborative White Paper Presentation: Examining Career Trajectories of Black, Male Educators in Pre-K-12 Education

Culminating from a year-long collaboration between NNSTOY and the University of Phoenix (UOP), this session presents a white paper focused on the current and future status of Black, male educators in pre-K-12 education. Additionally, this session includes an interactive panel discussion with UOP researchers and fellows from the 2018 NNSTOY Outstanding Black Male Educators Fellowship cohort.

Dr. Kimberly Underwood, University Research Chair

Dr. Donna Smith, Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Medgar Roberts, Senior Fellow

Dr. Joy Taylor, Research Fellow

Dr. Darryl Jones, Veteran, Professor, Oluko Fellow

Bob Williams

Breakout PA

Cultivating Equitable Schools

Your Commitment to Equity Must Include Improving Outcomes for Economically Disadvantaged Students in Rural Communities

Bob Williams has mentored beginning teachers in rural Alaska villages. As a Director, Bob oversaw School Improvement efforts and the Accountability System for all 506 Alaska schools. Bob shares why improving opportunity and educational outcomes for rural students is a problem of practice worthy of your commitment to equity.

Dr. Shayla Cornick, Director, Educators Rising

Lucy Berrier, M.A.Ed., Program Manager, Educators Rising

Tate Henderson Aldrich

Breakout CP

Cultivating Equitable Schools

The Context/License/Privilege Protocol

Educators will be trained in facilitating difficult conversations about relevant topics and accessing their students’ unique identities and perspectives. Attendees will receive materials to aid in the protocol’s implementation, view prerecorded classroom conversations, and practice its purposeful structure. The session is designed as direct and timely professional development.

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Cultivating Equitable Schools

Equity: Head On, Developing a Culture Toward Understanding and Action

As in the Equity: Head On webinar series, attendees will analyze where they are in addressing implicit bias and creating intentionally equitable learning spaces. Reflecting on how historical barriers impact their community’s access to equalizing catapults like education, participants will hear how others address equity head on.

Ernie Rambo, PhD, NBCT, Virtual Learning Community Coordinator, Nevada National Board Professional Learning Institute

Juliana Urtubey, NBCT, M Ed, Exceptional Needs Teacher, Crestwood Elementary School

Breakout PA

Cultivating Equitable Schools

Education: The Civil Rights Issue of OUR Time

In order to imagine what can be, we must acknowledge what is. Despite educators’ best efforts, some marginalized students are denied an equitable education. In this session, the Education Civil Rights Alliance’s (ECRA) Leading Educator Ambassadors for Equity (LEAE) will help participants understand their role in ensuring educational equity.

Kelisa Wing, 2017 State Teacher of the Year

Sydney Chafee, 2017 National Teacher of the Year

Gloria Robertson, 2017 Oregon Teacher of the Year

Abdul Wright, 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Miriam Rollin, Director of Education Civil Rights Alliance Convened by National Center for Youth La

Breakout PA

Cultivating Equitable Schools

Improving Educational Spaces for Teachers and Students of Color

We recognize a problem with the discrepancy between the numbers of students of color and teachers of color. What can we as teacher leaders do about it? By recognizing our own bias, we can create a plan to make educational spaces comfortable for students and teachers of color.

Beth Maloney, 5th Grade Teacher

Kareem Neal, Special Education Teacher

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Shawn P. Sheehan, Math Educator

Keynote

SEL for Teachers and Students

Singing the Songs of Students

Hans Christian Andersen said “Where words fail, music speaks.” Music can represent us and how we feel. As teachers, it is imperative that we learn how to listen to the songs of our students. We must share our songs so that our students can learn how to celebrate their own.

Michelle Accardi, NBCT,JD

Keynote

SEL for Teachers and Students

Students are Dying to Hear Your Voice

Students of trauma are in desperate need of expert teachers who incorporate SEL into their teaching. We must use our expertise to advocate for the policies and supports needed to address mental health needs in our schools. Michelle will share how a student tragedy inspires her work in advocating for students with behavioral and emotional differences and will provide some new resources to support teachers in communicating about SEL in their schools and communities.

Ashlee Upp, third grade teacher Allen Frear Elementary School

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SEL for Teachers and Students

Mindful Schools: Seamlessly Integrating Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning in the Everyday Classroom

“The connection between your mind, body, and breath is a powerful thing.
In this session you will explore the concept of mindfulness, the need for
mindfulness in our schools, and practical ways to use and integrate mindfulness with the students you serve. Leave with a new mindset and resources for planning a mindfulness program that will help your students develop physically, emotionally, academically, and socially.”

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SEL for Teachers and Students

Student-Led Social-Emotional Learning

Participants will learn about student-led social-emotional learning through the RULER approach, a research-based approach to SEL. Presenters from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence will support participants in engaging high school students as partners with educators to support their school community in developing a healthy emotional climate.

Jessica Hoffmann, Associate Research Scientist, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Julie McGarry, Program Manager, inspirED

Marc Brackett, Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

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SEL for Teachers and Students

America to Me Workshop: Engage in a deep dive exploration of equity in your school.

“””Are you passionate about equity in your school? Have you heard of and/or watched the docu-series America to Me?

Participant Media’s America to Me team and Lorraine Martinez Hanley would like to invite you to an equity workshop that will give participants an orientation of the series, motivation, and newly created educator tools to help you catalyze conversations and change around issues of race and equity in your classroom and school.
“””

Lorraine Martinez Hanley, Faculty at St. Andrew's Episcopal School and Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning Academy Translation Group Leader

Lisa Zimble, Participant Media, Impact Producer, America to Me

Lesedi Shubane, Social Impact Coordinator, Participant Media

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SEL for Teachers and Students

Traveling as Professional Development for Teacher and Student SEL

In the words of an Afghani restauranteur, “Do not spend your money on things, spend it on travel and thereby buying experiences.” Teachers have professional development decisions trying to growing themselves in their vocation. But what pitch to administration might meet something as intangible as SEL education? Travel!

Melissa Romano, 4th Grade, 2018 Montana Teacher of the Year

Randi House, Kindergarten, 2018 Arkansas Teacher of the Year

Becky Mitchell, 9-12 ELA/Science, 2018 Idaho Teacher of the Year

Megan Olivia Hall, Secondary Science and Agriculture Teacher

Breakout PA

SEL for Teachers and Students

Let’s Be Clear

Clear teaching lays the path for learning. But clarity can be elusive in innovative learning environments. Bring a brilliant, messy lesson to this action-packed breakout session. Experience NNSTOY members’ teacher clarity strategies for promoting cognitive and affective learning in non-lecture classrooms, based on the presenter’s in-depth qualitative dissertation study.

Paul K. Chappell, Peace Literacy Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

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SEL for Teachers and Students

A New Peace Paradigm: Our Human Needs and the Tangles of Trauma

Chappell rethinks Maslow, showing how our physical needs cannot be met unless we meet our non-physical needs such as purpose, belonging, and self-worth. He shows how social media meets these needs in our students in unhealthy ways, and offers Peace Literacy to help students recognize the limits of new technologies.

Barbara Walton-Faria, Science Teacher, Thompson Middle School, Newport, RI

Suzanne Bessin, Foreign Language Teacher, Thompson Middle School, Newport, RI

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SEL for Teachers and Students

"Opening the door, heart first. "

“This interactive session introduces multiple SEL practices , simply executed and proven effective for grades K-12. Participants will experience what a mindful SEL classroom feels like and sounds like for students and teachers, starting at the door. Engagement in multiple activity stations will stimulate attendees to implement these strategies.

Ann Neary, Teacher

Katie Biggs, Instructional Coach

Djuan Short, LSW Clinical Social Work Coordinator at The School District of Philadelphia

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SEL for Teachers and Students

The Healing Classroom

Educators are not therapists but they can help create healing spaces. Educators will develop a foundation for the science of relationships and how it impacts the classroom setting. Educators will be provided with strategies and tools to help with creating healing classrooms.

Shawn P. Sheehan, Math Educator

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SEL for Teachers and Students

SEL in the STEM Classroom

Social and Emotional Learning is at the core of student learning and engagement, but it’s often not present in STEM classrooms. Shawn Sheehan will demonstrate how SEL can be combined with STEM lessons and introduce attendees to STEMote.com, an website/app that consists of standards-aligned SEL STEM lessons.

Josh Starr, CEO, PDK International

Breakout PA

SEL for Teachers and Students

Rewriting the Rules: How to Transform School Systems through a Social Justice Lens.

For almost two centuries, American public schools have been organized to privilege few and limit opportunities for many. Today’s leaders need to understand the underpinnings of our school systems so that they can rewrite the rules and bend the arc towards social justice. Dr. Josh Starr, who spent more than two decades in public school systems, will share his perspective on how educators can use the past to create a better future for all of our children.

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SEL for Teachers and Students

Start a Social Justice Movement: Cultivate Compassionate Curriculum

Understanding the implications and meaning of justice is a vital part to cultivating a well rounded learner. Included in this is the understanding of the way race plays a role in our teaching and in the lives of all of our students. From clubs to curriculum, teachers can build awareness regarding personal bias, and incorporate social justice and racial reconciliation learning into all they do. In this session, we will examine how we can apply four essential elements of creating justice driven change to our classroom, and, ultimately our school as written by Bryan Stevenson, lawyer, civil rights leader, and author of Just Mercy . These elements are Get Close, Be Willing to be Uncomfortable, Change the Narrative, and Give and Receive Hope. Attendees will identify an area of injustice or inequity in their school/community and brainstorm an action plan. The goal is to leave this session with a plan to create a movement in their classroom and/or their school that has been discussed and work-shopped by other session attendees. People in all professional sectors can easily apply this to their place of business. Erickson will also share curriculum she wrote and texts she used for high school Social Justice and African American literature courses at Mt. Vernon as well as ways to plan a racial reconciliation student conference and tour of the Southern U.S.

Leigh Ann Erickson English and Social Justice teacher and Director of Students Support, Mt. Vernon High School

Kathleen Terhune NJ 2018 Finalist, Hoboken Public Schools

Dr. PJ Caposey - Superintendent of Schools, Meridain CUSD 223

Keynote

The Future of Education

The Tyranny of the Status Quo

The school of 2029 cannot look like the school of 2019 if we want the institution of public schooling to remain relevant. Thus, it is up to us. It is our calling to lead the transformations that we are know are necessary. It is our time to #LeadChangeNow.

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The Future of Education

We Want In!: Students with Disabilities and 21st Century Learning

21st century learning that emphasizes a full range of knowledge skills and dispositions is an imperative for all students, with or without disabilities. Unfortunately, the latter group is too often left out of this vision. Our session will present practices and conditions that ensure access to inclusive 21st century learning.

Sydney Chaffee, 2017 National Teacher of the Year

Kimberly Eckert, 2018 Louisiana Teacher of the Year

Ace Parsi, Director of Innovation, National Center for Learning Disabilities

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The Future of Education

"How to create professional learning opportunities for educators of color "


Full description:
Schools grapple with methods of equitable distribution of responsibilities within the learning environment without adding more on their plates. With limited resources, more often than not, early career educators have limited to no mentoring support. For educators of color, they often find themselves becoming the disciplinarians with limited experiences at demonstrating their abilities to implement quality instruction. In this session, participants will learn how leaders take responsibility for creating change within systems that supports the growth and development of early career educators through teacher leadership. Participants will learn how districts can lead on professional learning for educators of color.

Based on research and strategies used in the NEA Early Career Learning Labs (a blended learning environment to support early career educators around instructional and classroom problems of practices), participants will learn how to create a safe space for educators of color through designing professional learning around two parts: socio-emotional challenges educators of color face and instructional problems of practice. Strategies include: creating a safe space for educators of color, providing opportunities for voices to be heard and experiences normalized, providing strategies for educators of color to navigate school and work environment, identifying issues to organize around to improve working conditions, and using the Intasc standards to analyze instructional practices and problems of practice. In this session, participants will identify the systems changes that are necessary to shift the focus of teachers of color as disciplinarians. Participants will identify actions to take in their districts to advocate for professional learning, professional quality, and social diversity.

Program description:
Participants will learn how districts can lead on professional learning for educators of color, create a safe space for educators of color, and design designing professional learning around two parts: socio-emotional challenges educators of color face and instructional problems of practice.

Ambereen Khan-Baker, NBCT, Senior Policy/Program Specialist, NEA Teacher Quality

Andrea Prejean, Ed.D., Director, NEA Teacher Quality

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Adventures in Teacher Leadership: Strategies, Pathways, and Inspiration


Participants will experience real-life examples of teacher leader strategies and pitfalls. They will engage with colleagues in examining successful implementation of teacher leadership to effect radical change. Based on the newly published book, Adventures in Teacher Leadership: Strategies, Pathways, and Inspiration, participants will leave with leadership strategies to enact change.

Rebecca Mieliwocki, National Teacher of the Year 2012

Katherine Bassett, CEO of Tall Poppy & Co-Founder of RAD Science

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Education Policy: Advancing the Science of Learning and Development

We are at a crossroads in education policy. This creates opportunities and risks for the future. This session will explore the role of policy, the current state of play, and what the future could be. In particular, what would it take to advance the science of learning and development to allow all children to achieve to their full potential?

Sandi Jacobs, Principal, Education Counsel

Scott Palmer, Managing Partner, Education Counsel

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What Can Singapore Learn from American Teacher Leaders?

Singapore’s career pathways represent a significant departure from traditional school staffing structures, and are often held up as a model for teacher leadership. Yet here at home we have strong examples of teacher leadership pathways.This session will explore career pathways that provide teacher leaders with real, meaningful authority and resources to lead professional learning and to serve on school leadership teams. New states initiatives and policies to advance teacher leadership will be highlighted.

Kristan Van Hook Chief Policy Officer

Ann Shaw, Director of Training

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Teacher Research Opportunities Inspire the Next Generation of Scientists

Teacher research experiences provide educators with opportunities to engage in real world research that they can bring back into their classroom. It is also the key to teacher retention. Learn how two teachers have inspired their students and re-energized their passion for science by participating in teacher research programs.

Lesley Anderson - Biology Teacher

Kyla Bradylong - Science Teacher

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Cultivating and Leveraging Literacy Partnerships Between P-12 and Higher Education

Stakeholders in higher education Teacher Education Programs and P-12 settings share many similar interests for promoting student achievement. Collaborative P-16 partnerships aimed at building critical literacy skills can positively affect academic success for P-12 students, teacher candidates, and for new teachers in the field. The presenters will success share their literacy-based P-16 collaboration experiences and outcomes. Audience members will learn ways to cultivate those partnerships within their communities.

Dr. Gay Barnes, Assistant Professor of Education

Dr. April Giddens, Assistant Professor of Education

Dr. Amy Weems, Assistant Professor of Education

Patrice M. Bain, Ed.S. Veteran teacher, Author

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" Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Possibilities of Powerful Learning "

“Take your students into the future via authentic learning based on research. Discover powerful principles and strategies you can immediately implement along with potential protocols to tweak what you are already doing to promote powerful learning. Turn internalized failure into internalized success (and no homework!)

Dr. Holly Boffy, Vice President, Louisiana State Board of Elementary & Secondary Education & Founder, EdTalents

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Imagining Perfectly Designed Educator Talent Systems

A profound quote from health improvement science claims, “Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.” Imagine perfectly designed educator talent systems attracting, preparing, placing, developing, and retaining strong teachers. How would our profession be different? How do we build perfectly designed educator talent systems?

Michael Soskil

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Helping Our Students Find a Shared Humanity

Helping children find a shared humanity with those who are different is more important than ever. Using inspiring narratives from around the world, Mike will leave you with an optimistic vision of how education can lead us through these complex times to a peaceful, prosperous, and more equitable future.

Sponsors

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors! Contact Megan Allen, [email protected], if you would like to sponsor this year's conference. Please view the Sponsorship Brochure, below, for all opportunities.



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