Alexina Medley – Keynote Address and Breakout Session
Setting Students up to Succeed

In the forever changing landscape of education, schools face and array of challenges each year. Our goal as educators must always be to create a school culture that is positive for learning and conducive to success. Assess your programs, improve what you have, implement what you don’t have, and accept no failures! Success is really the only option.

David Hyerle, EdD – Keynote Address
Growing Thinking Students in Thinking Schools

There is common agreement that the focus on thinking and problem solving is key to learning in the 21st century.  But isn’t every school already focused on becoming a “thinking” school?  Let’s consider together how schools shift over time to an  explicit focus on the long term development using student centered models, from pre-k to college and into the workplace.

David Hyerle, EdD – Breakout Session
Student Centered Models for Thinking across Whole Schools

We will interactively experience how three practical pathways–visual tools for thinking, dispositions for mindfulness, questioning for inquiry– are used by students to learn better in the short term while directly improving their thinking abilities in the long term.

Jay McTighe – Keynote Address
Assessing What Matters Most

In this era of accountability, educators throughout the nation are under pressure to raise the scores on “high stakes” tests. This pressure often results in a narrowing of the curriculum (to focus on the tested areas) and increasing use of “practice testing” in the classroom. Unfortunately, such an approach typically yields only short-term gains and may, ultimately, undermine the kinds of meaningful learning that underlies the genuine achievements called for by Core Standards and 21st Century Skills. In this session, we’ll examine a planning framework for selecting/developing appropriate assessments for various achievement targets, and consider classroom assessment practices that promote learning, as well as measure it.

Jay McTighe – Breakout Session
Developing Rich Assessment Tasks

The Common Core and Next Generation Standards call for students to apply their learning in authentic ways; e.g., to “closely” read complex texts, develop and critique arguments, solve “messy” problems requiring sound reasoning and perseverance, and engage in scientific inquiry. These goals demand concomitant assessments that call for more than making a selection from given answers in a selected-response format. Richer, more authentic tasks are needed.

In this workshop we’ll explore a set of practical and proven design tools for developing quality performance tasks based on Jay McTighe’s new LumiBook, Core Learning: Assessing What Matters Most. Such tasks provide more than simply another method for measuring learning – they embody the most important goals of the Standards while engaging students in meaningful learning of them. 

Karen Spiegel – Keynote Address

Powerful Beginnings:  Creating a Culture Where Beginning Teachers Thrive

We know intuitively that a powerful, passionate and effective teacher is the most important in-school factor in student learning and success.  And we know that working with a variety of children is a highly complex mix of pedagogy, content, and relational expertise.  To gain the skills necessary to teach well, beginning teachers need guided support and the space and opportunity to reflect and apply their new learning, resulting in a consistent, positive cycle of professional growth.

Karen Spiegel – Breakout Session
Building Bridges from Pre-service into Service:  A Beginning Teacher’s Journey

Great teachers are at the heart of successful education.  Beginning teachers experience rapid growth when teamed with carefully selected veteran teachers and are much more likely to remain in the profession.  Highly trained mentors provide beginning teachers with a supportive and rigorous learning environment that is bounded by trust and confidentiality.  This session will provide a framework for working collaboratively with university partners in three critical areas:  rigorous selection of teacher candidates, a robust clinical residency model, and an intensive beginning teacher induction program. 

Kaweeda Adams – Keynote Address and Breakout Session
Improving Instruction and Supervision through the Integration of Observation 360 and Edivation

The objective of this session will be to share out how to build a systemic process of improving the instructional delivery through quality observations, goal-setting, feedback, effective coaching, job-embedded professional development, and supervision as driven by student performance data.

The presentation will look at the various roles and responsibilities of administrators, leadership teams, teachers, and instructional coaches.

Lisa Leith, PhD – Keynote Address and Breakout Session
Teaching and Leading for Success:  A Self-Directed Approach

What are the attributes of effective teaching and leading that are most highly correlated with student achievement? How do we create and sustain a dynamic culture of continuous improvement in our schools and districts? In this workshop, we will explore a comprehensive approach to teacher and leader development aligned with the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium. The Teacher Effectiveness and Effective Leadership Frameworks are unique in their holistic approach that empowers teachers and principals to drive their own continuous improvement journey. Features of these models include a primary focus on support and continuous improvement, coaching stems aligned with effectiveness indicators, multiple measures for principal and teacher evaluation scoring, and personalized learning aligned with results of each observation event.


Participants will understand and evaluate the unique features of these teacher and principal frameworks and aligned resources

– The Leadership Effectiveness Framework honors leader autonomy, supports every teacher and student’s success and facilitates personal continuous improvement including proficiency in teacher observation, evaluation and support

– The Teacher Effectiveness Framework is a growth model that distinctively adds student-centered look-fors and includes coaching and reflection questions to facilitate transformative growth

Lucy Hanson – Keynote Address and Breakout Session

This presentation will articulate the school leader’s role in developing and facilitating a Framework for English Language Learner (ELL) success. In addition, the process used to transform Agua Caliente’s school community from one struggling to find instructional cohesion to one of collaboration and focused ELD instruction for all students will be discusses and mapped out. You will gain firsthand knowledge from both a principal and a teacher’s point of view.

There is a common urgency and frustration felt among many administrators who serve large populations of English Language Learners that the ELD is treated as either an after-thought or an add-on. While funding sources are available for professional development, the general focus has been on teaching instructional practices instead of supporting leaders as their roles continue to evolve and become more complicated.

A balance must be reached and a framework built to support improved instruction while supporting school leaders.  Only then will systemic change prevail in leadership and accountability for ELL’s.

Rick Smith – Keynote Address
Conscious Classroom Management

This lively keynote provides participants with an understanding of the often invisible skills needed to successfully manage classrooms.  Participants will walk away with specific strategies that can be used immediately.

Rick Smith – Breakout Session
Conscious Classroom Management:  more strategies and approaches

Terry Holliday – Keynote Address and Breakout Session

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday details how they have approached education reform in the Bluegrass State, the progress they have seen, and how that has resulted in success for more students.