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Sunday, October 29
 

10:00am

Newcomer Orientation
Tailored for first time attendees to the Trexas ASCD Annual Conference, this session is full of helpful tips to help you get the most out of the conference.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Elizabeth Clark

Dr. Elizabeth Clark

Associate Superintendent, Birdville ISD


Sunday October 29, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Regency (2nd Floor)

11:00am

Exhibit Hall Open
Come see the newest trends and products in the field of education.  Register for door prizes by visiting the exhibit booths.

Sunday October 29, 2017 11:00am - 5:00pm
Marketplace

11:00am

Conference Registration
Sunday October 29, 2017 11:00am - 5:00pm
Marketplace

12:45pm

Student Entertainment Showcase
Come enjoy the best of local student entertainment, provided by districts in the Houston area.

Sunday October 29, 2017 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Imperial Ballroom

1:00pm

1:05pm

David Anthony - Innovation in Public Education: Why? What? How?
Adding new and exciting ideas, instructional practices, organizational structure and technology-based C & I strategies has become a benchmark of a progressive district or school.  District and campus leaders need to be sure that “innovations” are tied directly to solving a problem or improving an aspect of the educational organization.  Innovation should not be something done for innovation’s sake or to prove how advanced or progressive a district can be.  Answering Why? What? and How? BEFORE commitment of time and resources are made to a change or changes may reduce the amount of controversy and criticism and enhance the possibility of support.  
The presentation provides a simple process that can save a great idea, engage key influencers and supporters and minimize the impact to the emotional climate of a campus or district.


Sunday October 29, 2017 1:05pm - 2:35pm
Imperial Ballroom

2:45pm

Conference Welcome Reception
Join us in the Exhibit area Marketplace for a Welcome Reception for all the attendees.
Snacks and beverages.

Sunday October 29, 2017 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Marketplace

3:00pm

Student Entertainment Showcase
Come enjoy the best of local student entertainment, provided by districts in the Houston area.

Sunday October 29, 2017 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Marketplace

3:30pm

Are You Truly Moving Students to College Readiness or College Compliant?
Learn how school districts are meeting the need to raise K-12 standards to new heights with the expectation that all students will graduate ready for college and careers. In this session you will learn what strategies for teaching, learning, and assessing students towards college readiness. You will hear from Cypress Fairbanks ISD and others that understand the ACT solutions that are part of College Readiness goals.

Speakers

Sunday October 29, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Dogwood

3:30pm

Building the Urban Leadership Pipeline
Identifying, recruiting, and developing passionate campus teacher leaders is vital to the success of every school district. Building a shared vision of future campus leaders was the driving force behind the creation and implementation of the Austin ISD Urban Education Leadership Academy. Two components vital to the success of UELA are the Principal Preparation Program and the Assistant Principal Preparation Program. These two programs content is grounded in the six AISD leadership competencies.

Speakers
avatar for John Dees

John Dees

Administrative Supervisor for Leadership Development, Austin ISD
avatar for Robert Musfeldt

Robert Musfeldt

Administrative Supervisor for Leadership Development, Austin ISD
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Rosa Pena

Austin ISD



Sunday October 29, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Redbud

3:30pm

CANCELLED - Investing in Capability and Commitment: Empowering Leadership Teams
Hutto ISD engaged in a multiple-year coaching journey to increase the professional capital of its executive leadership team. They set out to answer the question, “Are we preserving a problem to which we are the solution,or are we innovating our way to success?” This session will highlight the key coaching factors and learning from this journey. Now a high-functioning team, Hutto ISD will share how the district facilitated a working alliance to create a positive and productive atmosphere.

Speakers
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Jean Isaly

Hutto ISD
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Nell Leger

Hutto ISD


Sunday October 29, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Arboretum 1

3:30pm

Chase the Lion
This is a wake up call to stop living and leading as if the purpose of life was to simply arrive at death. Based on Mark Batterson's Chase the Lion, we will help unleash the faith and courage to identify, chase, and catch the five hundred-pound dreams in your life. We need to dream big for our students and their future.

Speakers
RD

REBECCA DENTON

CYPRESS FALLS H S


Sunday October 29, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Cottonwood

3:30pm

It’s All about TRUST
In this voices-on/minds-on workshop based on the book TRUST MATTERS participants will:
  • Examine ways to cultivate trust
  • Discuss techniques that maintain trust
  • Brainstorm ways to include families in the school's trust
Learn how much trust matters in school relationships—administrator/teacher; teacher/student; and school/ family. A brief demo of how technology can be used to enhance trust will be included.
Lucky attendees will win copies of the book and other door prizes.
Presenters:
Sandra Moore - Richardson ISD, Executive Director of Recruiting, Mentoring, Development & Retention
Seldon Short – Performance Matters, Senior Sales Associate, Dallas, TX
Kat Satterley – Sales Consultant, Performance Matters, Austin, TX

Speakers
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Sandra Moore

Richardson ISD, Executive Director of Recruiting, Mentoring, Development & Retention
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Kat Satterley

Sales Consultant, Performance Matters, Austin, TX



Sunday October 29, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mesquite

3:30pm

Learning Walks: A Powerful Approach to Personal PD
Do you want to learn new tools to build capacity, highlight best practices, and personalize professional development on your campus? Learning walks can do just that! In this session you will learn creative and collaborative ways to design a learning walk that will benefit your entire campus or district. Participants will discover the tools it takes to develop successful learning walks. Build your digital toolbox with ways to provide immediate feedback and drive collaborative conversations.

Speakers
avatar for Sally Gupton

Sally Gupton

Assistant Principal, Katy ISD
avatar for Euberta Lucas

Euberta Lucas

Principal, SUE CREECH ELEMENTARY
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Victoria Nuñez

Instructional Coach, SUE CREECH ELEMENTARY
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Cathie Solomon

SUE CREECH ELEMENTARY


Sunday October 29, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Arboretum 5

3:30pm

Motivation to Innovation
How do you lead a campus to implement innovative practices while still being focused on accountability? You motivate them! Come see how a small campus has transformed from the last in the pack to the frontrunner of innovation. From developing strong campus leaders to utilizing PLC’s, innovation should be the driving force. Leaders will leave with ideas to motivate and enable their staff to be innovative leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Melania Gutierrez

Melania Gutierrez

Principal, Brazosport ISD
We opened a STEM Academy two years ago and serve a 63% low socio economic campus. I'm passionate about STEM education and serving underrepresented groups in STEM fields.



Sunday October 29, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Arboretum 3

3:30pm

The Pie Chart Dance
Educators have to perform, but not just for students. Our colleagues are also key players in the journey to educate our youth. What happens when a large group of education specialists are confused about an important project's objective and how to achieve it? Enter the Pie Chart Dance. Come hear how original ways of communicating and collaborating can be used within organizational structures, and with impressive results! You might walk in, but you'll feel like dancing out!

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Coleman

Wendy Coleman

Professional learning speciali, Fort Worth ISD
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Hilary Harper-Wilcoxen

Principia College



Sunday October 29, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Arboretum 4

3:30pm

Using data visualizations and analytics to guide school improvement at the district and campus level.
McKinney ISD recently introduced a new approach towards monitoring system-wide student progress.  In this session, the presenters will discuss ways to simplify the target setting process and identify critical transitions for students as they matriculate through the school system.  This framework is built on the simple belief that if students are successful in meeting targets early on they are more likely to meet subsequent targets as they advance from one grade to the next.  To support these efforts, the district partnered with a solution provider to personalize the work.  With the help from IO Education, campus leaders were able to leverage virtual data walls as powerful testimony in identifying where to mobilize resources.  Attendees will hear from two campus leaders in how they uniquely raised the bar for student learning.  For one principal, this meant taking a high-achieving campus to the next level and creating the culture to support these expectations.  For the other principal, where the student population was much more diverse, this meant challenging the naysayers and proving them wrong. 

Speakers
avatar for Jimmy Bowser

Jimmy Bowser

Principal, McKinney ISD
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Deborah Sanchez

Elementary School Principal, McKinney ISD
avatar for Geoff Sanderson

Geoff Sanderson

Chief Program Evaluation Officer- McKinney ISD



Sunday October 29, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Arboretum 2

3:30pm

David Anthony - Innovations of Promise (no money back guarantee) Require Planning and Work
Innovations of Promise (no money back guarantee) Require Planning and Work,” This session will focus on the critical processes of implementing and executing the most promising innovations for a district or campus based on specific needs identified by data analytics.  Implementation of a successful strategy or innovation in another district does not guarantee success, nor does a failed effort in another district mean the strategy/innovation is flawed.  Following a well-defined process for new strategies or innovative ideas is critical for school districts due to   limited resources and intense scrutiny from internal and external stakeholders.
This session will provide attendees a clearly defined and articulated process to increase the potential for a successful implementation that will increase effectiveness and/or efficiency, depending on the purpose of the new strategy.
Information will be presented but the intent is to include audience participation through questions and sharing of innovative strategies or initiatives.

Sunday October 29, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Imperial Ballroom

4:40pm

A Framework for Post-Secondary Readiness: More Than Just Academic Knowledge
This session provides attendees with a description of a post-secondary readiness system that includes a framework of academic and nonacademic skills needed for all students. The framework includes nonacademic factors such as college knowledge, positive mindset, self-management skills, behavior skills and discusses the importance of teachers’ instruction for students’ college readiness. Educators are reminded of the importance of assisting students to develop the mindset and behaviors that can help them be college and career ready.

Speakers
avatar for Becky Odajima

Becky Odajima

Associate Principal, Midway High School, Midway ISD
Associate Principal @ Midway High School.Instructional Technology Enthusiast!
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Robin Wilson

College Readiness Coordinator, Baylor University and Waco ISD



Sunday October 29, 2017 4:40pm - 5:40pm
Arboretum 4

4:40pm

Augmented Reality | The Tool for Student Engagement
Studies have proven that the emerging 3D technology, augmented reality, increases engagement, motivates early learners, and assists with classroom management. Alive Studios has embraced this technology and has built highly-imaginative reading and math programs where letters, words, and numbers come alive. Attendees will learn the brain science behind the success of the technology and will be presented with several walkaway ideas that can be easily implemented in their classrooms.

Speakers
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Faith DeWerd

Alive Studios
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Cynthia Kaye

Alive Studios


Sunday October 29, 2017 4:40pm - 5:40pm
Cottonwood

4:40pm

Beat the Clock: Teach More in Less Time!
It is time to reclaim instruction time! Do we truly have high expectations when we allow students to act inappropriately? What message are we sending them when we “pay” students to behave? We can no longer continue going through the motions and expect positive change. We need to take a stand for what is best… high expectations for academics and discipline… it only makes sense!

Speakers
avatar for Cori Spellane

Cori Spellane

ELAR Middle School Strategist, Time To Teach
Mrs. Cori Spellane serves the students and staff of Los Fresnos CISD as the Middle School English Language Arts Strategist. Cori has over fourteen years teaching experience. Throughout her career in education, she has taught grades fourth through eighth regular and special education... Read More →



Sunday October 29, 2017 4:40pm - 5:40pm
Arboretum 2

4:40pm

Crafting a Collaborative Campus Vision
Learn how administration, instructional coaches, and teachers worked collaboratively to design a long-range, school-wide vision that supports all four domains of the T-TESS. Presenters will walk attendees through the process of developing the vision, designing the teacher-led professional development, and the next steps of this continuous school improvement process. Attendees will experience the initial aspects of the collaborative design and brainstorm next steps for embedding a vision into their campus culture.

Speakers
avatar for Carra Daniels

Carra Daniels

Beck JH Principal, Katy ISD
So excited about this conference and the connections and learning to be had! Excited to start the 2017-18 school year!
avatar for Lisa Frison

Lisa Frison

Assistant Principal, Katy ISD
avatar for Rachel Grubb

Rachel Grubb

Math Instructional Coach, Beck Junior High (Katy ISD)
avatar for Kevin LaFollett

Kevin LaFollett

SS Instructional Coach-Beck/Cinco, Katy ISD
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Barbara Roberts

Science Instructional Coach, Katy ISD


Sunday October 29, 2017 4:40pm - 5:40pm
Arboretum 5

4:40pm

Do This Not That - Co-teaching Modeling at It's Best
Co-teaching is an instructional design that brings a variety of teaching strategies and presentation styles to the classroom. The teaching concept provides the appropriate accommodations in class for students with specific needs. Our goal is to show administrators and teachers it is possible to successfully create a co-teach program that will be beneficial to the students and teachers. We plan to create an interactive setting that will allow attendees to experience how rewarding the co-teach model can be.

Speakers
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Misty Schindler

Southlake Carroll ISD
avatar for Rhea Voelkle

Rhea Voelkle

Carroll ISD


Sunday October 29, 2017 4:40pm - 5:40pm
Arboretum 3

4:40pm

Empowering Students Through the Arts: Our Journey to Become an Arts Integration Academy
Come find out how our Title I, Dual Language campus has utilized the arts to empower and engage students, foster creativity for both students and teachers while enriching school culture and improving instructional practices and stimulating higher level thinking. We will share our journey and what we have found successful in our transformation into an arts integration academy. Leave with some simple strategies that anyone can use to harness the power of the arts.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cawthron

Kathy Cawthron

Principal, Round Rock ISD
I am a dedicated educator with 28 years of experience in Title I schools. I am privileged to be the current principal of Berkman Elementary Arts Integration Academy in Round Rock ISD, where we transformed our campus to provide enriching arts integrated classroom experiences, enhanced... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Dones

Jesse Dones

Arts Integration Coordinator, Round Rock ISD
I am the Arts Integration Coordinator for Voigt Elementary in Round Rock ISD. I have a background in Theatre, Art, Music and Special Education. I love all the arts and technology! Find me on Twitter @TheMrDones
avatar for Matt Schuppert

Matt Schuppert

Arts Integration Coordinator, Round Rock Independent School District
I am the arts integration coordinator for Berkman Arts Integration Academy in Round Rock, Texas. It is my passion to help teachers and students harness the power of the arts into all aspects of teaching and learning. In my 17 years as an educator I have taught in both the general... Read More →
avatar for Deborah Vasquez

Deborah Vasquez

DL Instructional Coach, Berkman AIA
As a Dual Language Instructional Coach, it is my passion to maintain ongoing collaborative relationships and conversations with DL teachers and administrators. Each week I work to support, model, co-teach and plan with our amazing DL/ELL/AI staff members. Our program goals are to... Read More →



Sunday October 29, 2017 4:40pm - 5:40pm
Arboretum 1

4:40pm

That's NOT how WE do it!
Have you ever visited a restaurant with a group and had “Food Envy” when your food was delivered? Why didn't I order that dish instead? In the world of Special Education, parents ask the similar question about their child’s shifting special education classroom. This one hour presentation will walk through the steps necessary to develop a framework of practice so that all campuses within the district are implementing a consistent, research-based, best practice program.

Speakers
avatar for Paula Lawrason

Paula Lawrason

Director for Special Education, Killeen Independent School District
avatar for Janice Peronto

Janice Peronto

Executive Director For Special Education, Killeen Independent School District



Sunday October 29, 2017 4:40pm - 5:40pm
Redbud

4:40pm

The Creative Process of Redesigning Onboarding: Building Empathy through Podcasting
This session illuminates the process of how redesigning onboarding and a podcast series came to be. We will address the craft and classroom details for creating podcasts. Additionally, we will discuss multidisciplinary design, prototyping, and scaling innovation. The presenters will discuss the technical aspect of getting the project started, the significance of dialogue, and the role risk plays in innovation, which in the end serves to onboard and retain employees.  You will not want to miss this engaging, innovative session that brings “the district” and “the classroom” together. 

Speakers
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Javier Martinez

ELA Teacher, Spring Branch ISD


Sunday October 29, 2017 4:40pm - 5:40pm
Dogwood

4:40pm

Using Data for Strategic Decision Making
Districts are responsible for identifying gaps in student-level performance and developing interventions to close these gaps. Hear our case studies of how school leaders use assessment data to quickly identify areas for improvement. Learn how superintendents and academic administrators are benchmarking building-level, grade-level and cohort STAAR performance through time against like-kind peers as it relates to subjects and reporting categories. And, if your district utilizes NWEA, explore unique visualizations that will enable you to analyze proficiency and growth over time by teacher, building and grade.
 
Amanda Salinas, Director of Research & Program Evaluation at Klein ISD, will join as a co-presenter and discuss the relevant data sets that districts are using to drive their district success models. We will also explore strategic data sets that may be of use to board members, and how this differs from the more operational data used by superintendent and administrator teams.
 

Speakers
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Amanda Salinas

Director of Research & Program Evaluation at Klein ISD


Sunday October 29, 2017 4:40pm - 5:40pm
Mesquite

5:45pm

Exhibitor and Attendees Happy Hour
Come and wind down after the first day of the conference.  Relax, network over beverages and snacks.

Sunday October 29, 2017 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Marketplace
 
Monday, October 30
 

7:00am

Coffee Break
Monday October 30, 2017 7:00am - 7:45am
Marketplace

7:00am

Conference Registration
Monday October 30, 2017 7:00am - 4:00pm
Marketplace

7:00am

Exhibit Hall Open
Come see the newest trends and products in the field of education.  Register for door prizes by visiting the exhibit booths.

Monday October 30, 2017 7:00am - 5:00pm
Marketplace

7:45am

Student Entertainment Showcase
Come enjoy the best of local student entertainment, provided by districts in the Houston area.

Monday October 30, 2017 7:45am - 8:00am
Imperial Ballroom

8:00am

8:10am

Bill Daggett - HOW Instructional Delivery is going to Change
How we organize and deliver instruction in Pre K – 12 education will change more in the next five years than is has in the last hundred. Driven by the need to move toward more rigorous and application-based skills and knowledge, the delivery system will be deeply impacted by advances in the movement from text to digital; increased use of automation technologies; gaming concepts; and the combination of augmented and mixed realities. In this session Dr. Daggett will describe and showcase how these changing technologies will change both how we organize and deliver instruction. The impact will be dramatic from student to teacher to administrator. 

Monday October 30, 2017 8:10am - 9:30am
Imperial Ballroom

9:30am

Morning Break
Monday October 30, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
Marketplace

10:00am

Building Capacity for Strong Special Education Advocacy
Often Special Education teachers enter into the profession without possessing a strong understanding of the responsibilities that fall to them as case managers and instructional support facilitators. This session will describe a process that was used to develop professionals on the job to effectively support their students during the IEP development, ARD process, teacher collaboration, and classroom instructional strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Trish Clifford

Trish Clifford

Eastside Memorial High School/Austin ISD
avatar for Emily Delgado

Emily Delgado

Associate Principal, Pflugerville ISD
I am currently the Associate Principal for Pflugerville High School, a large diverse suburban high school near Austin, Texas. I have a background in Special Education and school turnaround, having previously served as the Academic Director for Eastside Memorial High School in Austin... Read More →



Monday October 30, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Dogwood

10:00am

Can All-Day Pre-K Change Lives?
Come hear from four people who implemented an all-day Pre-K program. Listen to the "good, bad and ugly" and make your decision. What is best for students? What leads to a stronger reading background? Is it worth the money and time? The superintendent who had the vision, the associate superintendent who oversaw the implementation and the two principals who reaped the results will share their story with you - including real data. The data speaks! Come - be inspired to change a child's life? We will answer the question for you!

Speakers
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Joan Bowman

Professor, Schreiner University
I have been a teacher, assistant principal, principal, an associate superintendent and now I teach higher education. I get to teach in the teacher education program, supervise student teachers, teach principal candidates and teach in the master of education program. | My hobby is... Read More →
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Christopher Dickson

Sheldon Early Childhood, Sheldon ISD
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Vickey Giles

Assistant Professor, Houston Baptist University
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Denise Mustin

Sheldon ISD



Monday October 30, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Arboretum 4

10:00am

Does Your School Compare to the Magic Kingdom?
How can you and your cast members enhance your school's magic? Giving attention to detail, improving customer service, hiring, and keeping cast members engaged and loyal will be highlighted. All you need are ideas, trust, and a little pixie dust!

You will learn practical Disney strategies, tips for hiring and developing school staff and ideas to use for team building with your staff.

Speakers
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Carla Brosnahan

ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT, CYPRESS-FAIRBANKS ISD
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Travis Fanning

ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT, CYPRESS-FAIRBANKS ISD
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DONNA SHEPPARD

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD


Monday October 30, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Redbud

10:00am

Escape Boredom
"Escape" the normal the High School activates to reengage your class. We will help you develop Brainbreaks that both you and your students will enjoy. You will leave to tools that you can modify for your class: videos, games, escape rooms, and much more. Come, learn, laugh, and escape boredom.

Speakers
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Erin Bowman

Channelview ISD


Monday October 30, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Arboretum 3

10:00am

Get Yo’ APP On: APPS to Electrify Your Classroom
Come see what's possible when you put iPads in student hands! Transform & electrify your learning environment by allowing your students to tap into the world of apps for content creation, spontaneous creativity & critical thinking, depth of learning, powerful collaboration, and differentiated learning styles. Empower your students with the skills they need to become successful self-directed learners, and empower yourself to be a super 21st Century teacher! You will learn a variety of must-have apps for creating amazing content, and then join a team to participate in the Get Yo' APP On App-Smashing Challenge!

Speakers
avatar for Brandee Brandt

Brandee Brandt

ELA Teacher, Northside ISD
As an intermediate educator, I am fueled by my passion for empowering promising learners through the use of effective technology.
avatar for Sonia Obregon

Sonia Obregon

Ed Tech & Design Coordinator, San Antonio ISD
I am a learning experience designer integrating technology for more than just skill attainment, but to increase global awareness, increase motivation for self-learning, empower students to become critical thinkers, intelligent communicators and collaborators, harness their creativity... Read More →



Monday October 30, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Arboretum 5

10:00am

Humanizing Homework
Is it all right not to have all the answers as long as you are asking the right questions? In this discussion based session, we seek to challenge the status quo regarding homework, penalties, retakes, and redos by reflecting on, and questioning, our own assumptions and traditions. We seek to collaborate for clarity with other educational leaders about this shift from “doing what we’ve always done” to “doing what’s best for each child.”

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Ball

Amanda Ball

Director for Professional Learning, Little Elm ISD
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Dr. Tony Tipton

Executive Director for Marketing & CTE, Little Elm ISD
My research interests include organizational culture, change process, leading leaders, educational technology, and the future of learning.


Monday October 30, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Arboretum 2

10:00am

Knowledge is POWER! Connecting Accountability, Assessment, and Data for Powerful Instruction
This session will simplify accountability, assessment, and data disaggregation. It will show administrators and teacher leaders how to merge the information and lead their staff in preparing students for success on state assessments. The session will include the new performance standards, latest A-F accountability information, and show participants new, innovative ways to use fewer pieces of data for greater impact. Turnaround tips will also be provided for participants to help lead data-driven conversations with their staff.

Speakers
avatar for Sherry Clark

Sherry Clark

Accountability/Assessment Specialist, Region 16 ESC
I am passionate about education. I think the key to success at any level as an educator hinges upon personal relationships, collaboration, and commitment to the success of all. sherry.clark@esc16.net... Read More →


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Monday October 30, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Mesquite

10:00am

Mobile Makerspace Initiative: STEAM for All on a Relative Dime!
Building a well-equipped Makerspace takes time, space, and usually lots of money. Come see how shared central resources can support anything from a classroom to an entire district on a relative dime, and leave with practical steps to develop your own Mobile Makerspace program!

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Anderson

Nathan Anderson

Digital Learning Specialist, Bastrop ISD
avatar for Emily Bain

Emily Bain

Director of Digital Learning and STEM CTE, Bastrop ISD
avatar for Stanya Castilo

Stanya Castilo

Digital Learning Specialist, Bastrop ISD



Monday October 30, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Arboretum 1

10:00am

Successful School Design For a CTE and/or Early College High School
District and campus administrators will learn how Pearland ISD and Robert Turner College and Career High School have fulfilled a vision of a public school-of-choice that allows students the opportunity to graduate from high school, experience a work-related internship, and earn a professional certification and/or associate degree BEFORE graduation.

Speakers
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Amy Bull

Robert Turner College and Career High School
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Tonya Davis

Pearland ISD/Robert Turner College and Career High School


Monday October 30, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Cottonwood

10:00am

Bill Daggett - Understanding WHY We Need to Change: Culture Trumps Strategy
Schools and districts that have managed change successfully – and those that have not – have learned two basic lessons: most people are either supportive or neutral about school reform until it impacts them and there are layers of special interest groups protecting the status quo. In the session, Dr. Daggett will describe how those schools/districts that have been successful at school improvement created a culture to support change. He will then provide specific recommendations for you to use in your schools/districts to drive positive change.

Monday October 30, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Imperial Ballroom

11:10am

Get Ready to Engage with the Discovery Education Techbook
Students today engage with content differently than students of previous generations. The future of instructional materials has arrived in the form of the Discovery Education Science, Math and Social Studies Techbooks. Come see how districts across Texas are embracing this reality and why they are selecting the Discovery Education Techbook over traditional textbooks—and not looking back! Participants will take a close look at the instructional benefits and examples of current successes in Techbook classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Fountain

Brad Fountain

Director of Instructional Implementation, Discovery Education
Brad is a passionate educator with over 20 years of educational experience. He began his career teaching in a 3-5 multi-age classroom in rural North Carolina where he utilized some of the earliest educational internet based web resources. He served as administrator of the North Carolina... Read More →



Monday October 30, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
Redbud

11:10am

Great Brains on Fire! Rattle my Brain!
Brain Power Today will shake your nerves and ignite your brain, Too much sitting without movement will make “ALL” insane, We’ll get you energized, oh what a thrill… Goodness gracious, great strategies BPT will reveal!

Would you like your students and teachers to be motivated, energized along with academic gains? If you answered “yes” then Brain Power Today is for YOU. Guaranteed highly energized activities that will leave the audience ready to motivate teachers and students. Easy implementation in all content and grade level at a low or no cost!

Presenters: Gail Ward, Ishmael Muhammad

Speakers
avatar for Ishmael Muhammad

Ishmael Muhammad

Executive Director, Brain Power Today
avatar for Gail Ward

Gail Ward

Assistant Principal/Founder of Brain Power Today, Brain Power Today
Brain Power Today is a team of teachers that are exciting, motivating and full of energy. This team takes topic that are concerns in education and presents strategies to concur the challenges through exciting and energizing presentations. The personality of the presenters and energy... Read More →



Monday October 30, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
Arboretum 5

11:10am

How to Boost Relevance While Keeping PD Aligned to Strategic Goals
The key to a quality organization is quality people. To improve the quality of an organization, you must attend to the people who lead it. When organizations plan professional development with the “Why” in mind, all team members benefit in clarity and alignment.

This interactive session helps leaders understand that providing relevance in professional development is critical to an organization’s success. By engaging in the story of a district’s focus on listening to the voice of the customer and creating a crystal-clear strategy, district and campus leaders will be encouraged to focus on the “Why” and take away innovative ideas which result in alignment and achievement of strategic goals.

Speakers
avatar for TONYA DIXON

TONYA DIXON

Professional Learning Speciali, CY FAIR ISD
avatar for Roy Garcia

Roy Garcia

ASSOCIATE SUPERINTENDENT, CYPRESS-FAIRBANKS ISD
avatar for Glenda Horner

Glenda Horner

Director for Staff Development, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
avatar for Marion Wild

Marion Wild

Coordinator for Staff Developm, CY FAIR ISD


Monday October 30, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
Arboretum 3

11:10am

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Why Teacher/Student Inquiry is Important
Inquiry-based learning involves a lot more that asking students questions. It is about activating interest and curiosity, which reaches well beyond the basic delivery of content. Inquiry is a proven way to engage students and allow them to take ownership of their own learning. This high-energy session will provide attendees with tools to help teachers become experts at inquiry along with their students.

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Glaeser

Patricia Glaeser

Coordinator of Counseling and Student Assessment, Channelview Independent School District
Questioning is one of my favorite topics and I love to share the great things that we are doing within our school district. I am passionate about school improvement, state accountability, and college-readiness for English language learners. I am currently a doctoral candidate at Texas... Read More →
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Pamela Latiolais

Secondary Curriculum Coordinator, Channelview ISD
Ask me questions!! My favorite topics are Inquiry and Growth Mindset. I've been in education 26 years and I love sharing all the great things we are doing in my school district. Between two kids, two dogs, and working on my doctorate I stay busy. My favorite hobby is travel, mainly... Read More →



Monday October 30, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
Arboretum 4

11:10am

Leveraging Change Management to Improve Campus Culture and Staff Morale
Implementing new initiatives has the potential to empower staff and improve morale, or demoralize staff and damage campus culture. How can an instructional leadership team leverage the implementation of new initiatives to improve campus culture and staff morale? Our instructional leadership team, composed of administrators, instructional partners, and educational technologists, will share our approach to implementing new initiatives in a way that promotes a positive campus culture and improves staff morale while improving learning experiences for students and teachers. This approach combines a practical combination of management, leadership, and interpersonal skills along with collaboration. It also relies on four main components important in change management: (1) trusting individual professionalism, (2) honoring what individuals already do and building on those strengths, (3) long-term planning rooted in the idea of patience and persistence, and (4) differentiating implementation goals and timelines to meet the unique needs of each staff member. By applying these components consistently, instructional leadership teams can simultaneously implement district and campus initiatives while improving campus culture, staff morale, and learning experiences.

Speakers
DF

Dillon Finan

Eanes ISD
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Lisa Johnson

Eanes ISD
Lisa Johnson, WHS Ed Tech | | Lisa has 16+ years of edu experience. She holds a Master's Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, & Tech, was featured in the publications "iPads in Education for Dummies” and “The Missing Voices in Ed Tech” and has co-authored the global hit “Hot... Read More →
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Steve Ramsey

WESTLAKE H S
VT

Valerie Taylor

Eanes ISD
Eanes ISD


Monday October 30, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
Arboretum 1

11:10am

Practice Like A Champion
Bastrop Middle School endeavors to embed professional development into daily practice. How? We practice teaching, study teaching, video our teaching and reflect on our teaching. This session will tell the truth about our efforts to change and innovate in the real world of public school and share our journey to integrate systems which change instructional practice. Systems for change include Instructional Rounds, Teach Like a Champion, Professional Learning Communities, and Data processing protocols.

Speakers
CJ

Christopher Julian

041, Bastrop Middle School
DM

Denise Miles

041, Bastrop Middle School


Monday October 30, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
Dogwood

11:10am

The Curriculum Management Audit: An Organizational Analysis Examining all Factors of Teaching and Learning
Learn how curriculum management audit services can equip your leadership team with the tools necessary to objectively evaluate not only your curriculum, but all facets of the organization impacting student learning. Hear from a district how curriculum management audit and related trainings can provide a structured approach to evaluating such areas as curriculum, assessment, and program design; instructional delivery; equality and equity issues; and policy direction, planning for change, and goal prioritization.

Speakers
RB

Robert Bayard

Texas Association of School Administrators
SE

Steven Ebell

DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT, Texas Association of School Administrators
Texas Association of School Administrators
ES

Eric Simpson

Director, Texas Association of School Administrators


Monday October 30, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
Arboretum 2

11:10am

The Struggle is Real
Students really learn in the struggle, not in the answers. This session will help explain the reason behind letting students struggle and how much is too much. We will offer strategies to help create an environment that allows students to feel safe struggling, ask questions and as a teacher how far to guide them and to push them to find their own answers.

Speakers
EF

Erin Frye

Legacy High School
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Michelle Hurst

science teacher, Mansfield ISD
I have been a high school science teacher for the past 17 years. Most years I learn as much as I teach. I am currently in school working on an Ed. D in curriculum and instruction at Texas A&M. I am committed to learning as much as my students. I have two kids, a dog and a very messy... Read More →
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Wendy Thacker

Kennedale High School


ASCD pptx

Monday October 30, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
Mesquite

11:10am

Transforming School Culture: Using the PLC Process to Develop Campus Leaders
Organizational transformation is a team effort. This session will focus on how one district is working to equip campus administrators and teacher leaders with the tools necessary to transform teacher teams into collaborative, interdependent teams with a collective investment in the learning of all students. Join us as we explore how our district has utilized these efforts to develop the leadership skills of all stakeholders and the evidence of student achievement that supports these efforts.

Speakers
KH

Karen Hickman

Deputy Superintendent, Pasadena ISD
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Janet Nuzzie

Instructional Specialist, Pasadena ISD



Monday October 30, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
Cottonwood

11:30am

Texas ASCD Annual Meeting
Have questions about Texas ASCD?  Representatives from the organization will be available to answer them.

Monday October 30, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm
Sandalwood (4th Floor)

12:10pm

Attendees Lunch - On Your Own
Enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants near the hotel.

Monday October 30, 2017 12:10pm - 1:20pm
TBA

1:05pm

1:25pm

1:30pm

Toni Robinson - Developing Innovative Intelligence Faster | Better | Stronger | Wiser
Toni Robinson delivers a dynamic and engaging keynote session on the importance of developing innovative intelligence. This interactive and provocative session will address the need to shift teaching and learning in a society focused on making things faster, better and stronger. Participants will leave the session with an urgency to create new possibilities for teaching and learning and motivated to foster new ways of thinking in students.

Speakers
avatar for Toni Robinson

Toni Robinson

Professional Development Director, Discovery Education
As Discovery Education’s Professional Development Director, Toni Robinson helps professionals embrace change, achieve results and step into new possibilities. By combining her experiences as an educator and a performing artist, Toni inspires audiences to make bold, balanced and... Read More →



Monday October 30, 2017 1:30pm - 2:40pm
Imperial Ballroom

2:45pm

Afternoon Break
Monday October 30, 2017 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Marketplace

3:00pm

Toni Robinson - Leave Your Bags at the Door!
This thought-provoking and inspiring session will challenge educators to examine barriers and beliefs that impede progress, achievement and innovation in their schools.   With a laser-focus on the future, participants will explore new ways of thinking, leading and learning in an era of accelerated innovation.  

Speakers
avatar for Toni Robinson

Toni Robinson

Professional Development Director, Discovery Education
As Discovery Education’s Professional Development Director, Toni Robinson helps professionals embrace change, achieve results and step into new possibilities. By combining her experiences as an educator and a performing artist, Toni inspires audiences to make bold, balanced and... Read More →


Monday October 30, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Imperial Ballroom

3:05pm

Collegial Discourse: Using Facilitation Protocols to Enhance Collaboration
Explore how instructional coaches play a pivotal role in collaborating with educators and providing targeted support. Learn how our conversations with educators at all levels suggest the need for differentiated, sustained professional learning to increase teacher development and impact student learning. Join us as we explore and connect coaching activities to the professional learning standards.

Speakers
HG

Henry Genise

The University of Texas at Austin
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Daryl Michel

Director, The University of Texas at Austin



Monday October 30, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Aboretum 4

3:05pm

Designing Engaging Curriculum to Meet the Needs of Future-Ready Learners: A Vision-Centered Process
What an exciting opportunity! Taking our district vision and designing a curriculum to meet the challenges of teaching today's students was a process that involved over 200 teachers and administrators. Join us to hear how we carried out this audacious goal with the approach of facilitating the work alongside empowered teachers as leaders in the year-long process. This collaborative work resulted in authentic curriculum guidance documents that are user-friendly and incorporate strategies and resources that will transform instruction in our district - - all created by our awesome teachers! We will share lessons learned for every step of the process, at every level including district and campus administrators as well as classroom teachers.

Speakers
CB

Cheri Braden

Director of Elem. Curriculum, San Angelo Independent School District
avatar for Shelly Huddleston

Shelly Huddleston

Director of Sec. Curriculum, San Angelo Independent School District
JR

Jana Rueter

ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT, San Angelo Independent School District



Monday October 30, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Cottonwood

3:05pm

Diagnosis and Design: The Four Paths of Leadership Impact
Learn how leaders can diagnose their campuses around the variables that matter most and design impactful solutions to improve learning and achievement. Based on the work of renowned scholar Dr. Ken Leithwood, University of Toronto, this session actively engages leaders to discover the “Four Paths of Influence”, which involves precision diagnosis, impactful problem-solving, solution generation and the accurate application of resources to improve schools.

Speakers
CH

Cecilia Hawkins

Houston education Leadership Partners, LLC
KH

Kim Huseman

Houston education Leadership Partners, LLC
LK

Lawrence Kohn

Leadership Partners, LLC.



Monday October 30, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Arboretum 1

3:05pm

Live Broadcasting and Journalism in Elementary on a Budget
On a budget? Or no budget at all? Learn how to start a News Team that is student run and live every morning. The news team does it all, from setting up to special reports on YouTube live. Learn about the equipment that is needed to start broadcasting live every morning in your school. Elementary Student Journalism assignments that align with TEKS.

Speakers
avatar for Meredith McCune

Meredith McCune

Instructional Technologist, Aldine ISD


Monday October 30, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Arboretum 3

3:05pm

Partnering for Success to Foster School Improvement
This session will introduce a protocol for dynamic dialogues to build leadership capacity for overcoming the challenges of initiating change in schools and districts. To ensure that through the analysis of data and needs assessments, every school has a balanced approach to curriculum, instruction, and assessment for equitable student access for unparalleled learning experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Munoz

Jennifer Munoz

Coordinator of Accountability and School Improvement, Katy ISD
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Sherita L. Wilson-Rodgers

Coordinator of Accountability and School Improvement, Katy ISD



Monday October 30, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Redbud

3:05pm

Podcasting Paradigm
Globalization is occurring as technology knocks down barriers to learning for students. As educators we must change the way we learn and lead, influencing others through our narrative. Participate in the live production of a podcast during this session and learn simple steps to connect with your learning community through podcasting.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Bailey

Christopher Bailey

Assistant Principal, Katy ISD
@stixbailey
avatar for Mark McCord

Mark McCord

Principal, Katy ISD
Husband of Courtney, Father of Stefan, Caroline & Max | Lead Learner #SJHCats | 2016 #KatyISD Sec Prin of Year | Servant leader finding joy in other's success



Monday October 30, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Arboretum 2

3:05pm

Redesigned Faculty Meetings
Learn how to transform your faculty meetings to 30 minute sessions focusing on professional learning, relationship building and problem solving. Explore how the use of technology can redesign your time and enhance learning experiences for your staff. We will share activities, resources and topics to replicate in your own setting.

Speakers
avatar for Leah Lowry

Leah Lowry

Principal, Katy ISD
KM

Kris Mitzner

Tays Junior High


Monday October 30, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Arboretum 5

3:05pm

The Brain, Learning, and Action
Research suggests that 85% of children are predominately kinesthetic learners. Action Based Labs (ABLs) are based on brain research and support the link of movement and physical activity to increase academic performance. The brain, movement, and learning systems depend and act together. Establishing an action learning lab provides awesome opportunities to impact student learning and achievement. Come hear our journey to establish a campus-wide ABL and learn how you can too.

Speakers
MR

MICHELLE RICE

Hoover Elementary
SW

Scott Whitley

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD



Monday October 30, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Mesquite

3:05pm

Transformational Professional Learning: Digital Pathways for Instructional Leaders
Mission: School Transformation is helping Texas schools integrate digital pathways into professional learning for school leadership. Experience professional learning opportunities designed specifically for campus leaders and district administrators. mySTN is a virtual space for instructional leaders to engage in learning around the Visioning work, build leadership skill, and cultivate professional support networks. Come see how this new professional learning opportunity can move your district forward in the School Transformation work.

Speakers
ES

Eric Simpson

Director, Texas Association of School Administrators


Monday October 30, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Dogwood

4:15pm

CANCELLED - Sink or Swim: Reforming New Teacher Induction and Support in our Schools
Are you a campus or district administrator that deals with high teacher turnover? Do you notice that your new teachers are the most stressed, require the most time, and still only make small gains? During this session, you will hear how Spring ISD incorporated the strategies of the New Teacher Center into their New Teacher Induction and Mentor program to see significant gains in new teacher performance and an increase in teacher retention.

Speakers
MW

Matt Warford

Spring ISD


Monday October 30, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Arboretum 5

4:15pm

From Inquiring to Inspiring
We invite you to see and hear how the "what if" question changed a 40 year-old campus to a modern innovative model in technology integration, intervention, student-centered culture, and a climate of empowerment and risk-taking. From hiring to professional development, discover methods and strategies that will positively change the culture of your campus or district.

Speakers
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Jill Hackney

Northside ISD/Clark High School


Monday October 30, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Cottonwood

4:15pm

Girls In Technology
Because our current culture can discourage girls from becoming involved in STEM related careers, Pine Tree ISD decided to turn the tables. In this interactive session, you will use current technology to explore and learn how you too can inspire girls in your district to become involved in STEM.

Speakers
KH

Kelli Hendrix

Curriculum Coordinator, Pine Tree ISD
DH

Daya Hill

Pine Tree ISD
LM

Lisa Mullins

Pine Tree ISD
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Cyndi Nyvall

Curriculum Coordinator, Pine Tree ISD
MT

Melinda Tidwell

Academic Dean, Pine Tree ISD
MW

Michele Walker

Coordinator of Special Programs, Pine Tree ISD
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Robin White

Secondary Math/Science/STEAM/Instructional Technology/Career Readiness Coordinator, Pine Tree ISD
I absolutely LOVE to help people integrate technology into classroom instruction. I can help you with blogs, e-portfolios, websites, iPads, engagement, lesson design, aligned and rigorous instruction, apps, all things Google, and more. SECRET: My secret passion is alignment of classroom... Read More →



Monday October 30, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Redbud

4:15pm

High Yield Instructional Coaching Strategies
In this session we will discuss six coaching strategies that instructional coaches can use to build positive relationships with staff, positively impact campus culture, and support teachers of all ability levels. We will present strategies for supporting individual teachers, teacher teams (PLCs), and facilitating campus wide initiatives. Emphasis will be placed on the delicate balance between supporting administrative initiatives while advocating and supporting teachers as a peer leader.

Speakers
DF

Dillon Finan

Eanes ISD
CS

Cheryl Scullin

Eanes ISD
Eanes ISD
VT

Valerie Taylor

Eanes ISD
Eanes ISD


Monday October 30, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Arboretum 2

4:15pm

Language and the Arts: The Keys to Cognition
In Arlington ISD, the Corey & Jones Fine Arts and Dual Language Academies are using the power of linguistics and arts integration to increase cognition. Both schools use a 50/50 Two-Way Dual Language Immersion model (Spanish), Mandarin Chinese (FLES), and Fine Arts integration including Music, Art, Theatre, Dance, and Piano. The presentation will focus on the benefits of arts and language integration to cognition and learning and will highlight student achievement in the model.

Speakers
avatar for KATIUSKA HERRADOR

KATIUSKA HERRADOR

Principal, JONES ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS & DUAL LANGUAGE
I am the proud principal of Jones Academy in Arlington ISD, where we bring learning to life through language, culture, music, dance, theatre and art. I am very blessed to lead an innovative, student-centered team of teachers. I have a passion for public education, language acquisition... Read More →
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Matt Varnell

Principal, Corey Academy
I am an energetic and experienced principal looking for innovative ways to bring school choice into the public sector. I am very proud to be a part of the innovative Fine Arts and Dual Language Experience at The Dean P. Corey Academy of Fine Arts and Dual Language in Arlington IS... Read More →



Monday October 30, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Arboretum 4

4:15pm

Partnering with Princeton Review: A Tool for Making College Readiness a Reality
College readiness is at the forefront of every district’s goals as we work to ensure all students are prepared for whatever post-secondary pathway they choose. Come hear how Round Rock ISD has partnered with The Princeton Review to create an affordable and sustainable model for student success on college readiness assessments. Student data and testimonials will be included.

Speakers
RP

Roel Piseno

The Princeton Review
HP

Henry Price

The Princeton Review



Monday October 30, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Arboretum 1

4:15pm

The Innovation Incubator: Hatching Ideas About Professional Development
Who are you designing professional development for?  Do you seek first to truly understand the needs of stakeholders?  In 2016, North East ISD challenged our district instructional leaders to utilize the components of Human-Centered Design Theory to generate innovative ideas to improve our practices.  Through this process, ideas were incubated and hatched.  This session provides participants with an overview of how we used Human-Centered Design Thinking to re-examine and redesign professional development in our district.

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Gregory

Cindy Gregory

Director of Professional Development, North East ISD
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Kristen Williams

Director for Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction, North East ISD
Currently in my 26th year in education, I am passionate about students with diverse learning needs, especially those with IEPs. I am always looking for ways to improve student achievement and outcomes for these students. I believe that high quality professional development is essential... Read More →



Monday October 30, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Dogwood

4:15pm

Your Math Mission: Equip and Empower
Memorization is out; KNOWing what you are doing is IN. Come, play, and experience how offering your students opportunities to prove their mathematical reasoning opens doors to independent problem solving. Equip and empower ALL students to make math work for them. This hands-on session provides ideas on how to use common manipulatives and also innovative Math Stackers to prove and utilize the properties and interrelatedness of math. Develop mathematicians who know their stuff!

Speakers
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Math Stackers, Inc.

Math Stackers, Inc.
Math Stackers inspires all learners to fall in love with mathematical thinking through the use of mathematically designed, colorful foam manipulatives. Each set comes with 96 blocks, storage, bag, and Discovery guide equipped with augmented reality videos.


Monday October 30, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Arboretum 3

5:30pm

5:30pm

President's Reception and Round Up!
Join the fun.  President's reception with music, snacks, drinks.  Come network and enjoy the party.

Monday October 30, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Regency (2nd Floor)
 
Tuesday, October 31
 

7:00am

7:00am

Exhibit Hall Open
Come see the newest trends and products in the field of education.  Register for door prizes by visiting the exhibit booths.

Tuesday October 31, 2017 7:00am - 11:00am
Marketplace

7:00am

Conference Registration
Tuesday October 31, 2017 7:00am - 11:00am
Marketplace

7:15am

All Attendee Complete Breakfast and Awards
Come join us in the Imperial Ballroom for a delicious complete breakfast.  During the course of the breakfast, awards will be given out and the grand prize winner announced.

Tuesday October 31, 2017 7:15am - 8:00am
Imperial Ballroom

8:00am

8:05am

Ray McNulty - Participation Gap
It has been said that in order to touch the mind, you must first touch the heart. Schools will not succeed in closing the achievement gap that continues to challenge educators until they ensure that there is no participation gap. Participation entails students being connected to their learning environment and having a desire to be at school, a hunger to learn, and a willingness to engage actively in the learning process. Ray McNulty will explain how educators can help students acquire the three components of participation: personal worth, active engagement, and purpose. This work requires the use of both quantitative and qualitative data; the latter can be obtained through administering the We Surveys for students and staff. Closing the participation gap is the first step in improving the achievement of all students. 

Speakers
avatar for Raymond J. McNulty

Raymond J. McNulty

Dean of the School of Education, Southern New Hampshire University
Raymond J. McNulty is the Dean for the School of Education at Southern New Hampshire University which Fast Company magazine named the 12th most innovative organization in the world in its World's 50 Most Innovative Companies, and is a Senior Fellow to the International Center for... Read More →



Tuesday October 31, 2017 8:05am - 9:45am
Imperial Ballroom

9:45am

Coffee Break
Tuesday October 31, 2017 9:45am - 10:00am
Marketplace

10:00am

CANCELLED - Where Old School Meets New School
"Old School" academics (reading, writing, mathematics) is meeting "New School" curriculum (Social Emotional Learning, Technology, Fine Arts) to develop the whole child. After traditional 'Old School' academics are established, the creative expansion of 'New School' academics are implemented. Learn how two urban Title 1 schools (National Blue Ribbon Schools) with challenging student demographics innovated and met the 'Old School' academic challenge and implemented 'New School' curriculum to dramatically change the lives of minority and economically disadvantaged children.

Speakers
BH

Blaine Helwig

ADMN, Retired
BJ

Betty Jenkins

Austin ISD - Exec. Dir. School Improvement


Tuesday October 31, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Cottonwood

10:00am

Holding Students Accountable For Their Own Learning
This session will focus on analyzing student data and how to re-teach based on student TEK hotspots. Educators will learn how to hold students accountable for their own learning by creating reflections after major assessments and remediation station activities. Students can track their own progress through checkpoints. Teachers will learn how instruction can be driven by student data, and reflect on positive progress to ensure their classroom is more student-centered.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Gonzalez

Jane Gonzalez

ELA Strategist, Los Fresnos CISD
Seeking changes in the tools of education to make student dreams come true.
avatar for Alejandra Guzman

Alejandra Guzman

Secondary Science Strategist, Los Fresnos CISD
Passionate about technology and science. Educator by day and visionary ninja by night!
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Cori Spellane

ELAR Middle School Strategist, Time To Teach
Mrs. Cori Spellane serves the students and staff of Los Fresnos CISD as the Middle School English Language Arts Strategist. Cori has over fourteen years teaching experience. Throughout her career in education, she has taught grades fourth through eighth regular and special education... Read More →



Tuesday October 31, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Arboretum 5

10:00am

Inclusion For All Through Technology
Through the increased use of technology in the general education classroom, student with disabilities are able to further their understanding of difficult concepts and participate more readily alongside their peers. We'll look at a varity of ways educators can utilize technology to support their students with disabilities in the general education setting.

Speakers
avatar for Cortni Czechowski

Cortni Czechowski

Special Education Instructor, Richardson West Junior High
I am a special education resource and inclusion teacher at a middle school campus specializing in technology innovation and integration at a one-to-one level. I support all general ed. content areas in various capacities for students ranging in academic and social ability levels... Read More →


Tuesday October 31, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Arboretum 3

10:00am

Personalized Public Education: No Boundaries for Learning in Birdville ISD
Birdville ISD’s vision for innovative and responsive learning environments inspired their journey to become a District of Innovation. Through that process was born a plan to personalize and publicize learning through: expanded and refocused GT and online learning programs, schools with specializations such as STEM, leadership and fine arts, and an emphasis on sharing the stories of our schools – places that prepare students for their futures and not just for passing tests – with the community.

Speakers
avatar for Crysten Caviness

Crysten Caviness

Coordinator of PL and CM, Birdville ISD
avatar for Dr. Elizabeth Clark

Dr. Elizabeth Clark

Associate Superintendent, Birdville ISD
DK

Debbie Kneggs

Birdville ISD
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Jaimie Smith

CURRICULUM, BIRDVILLE ISD



Tuesday October 31, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Arboretum 2

10:00am

Spark Innovation and Collaboration with FREE Digital Tools to Break the 'Sit and Get' Cycle
For too long, the “sit and get” method of instruction has been the norm in too many classrooms. Now is the time to move from "sit and get” delivery to learning experiences that provide students opportunities to communicate, collaborate, and create. Attend this session and walk away with a toolkit full of easy-to-implement, cross-curricular, and FREE web-based digital tools! Start to seamlessly transform your students' learning experiences from "sit and get" to "create and innovate"!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Katie Alaniz

Dr. Katie Alaniz

Assistant Professor of Education/Director of Online Learning and Professional Development, Houston Baptist University/River Oaks Baptist School
Katie Alaniz is an instructor of education courses at Houston Baptist University, where she works with undergraduate and graduate students seeking to make a positive impact in schools and society. As an instructional technologist and elementary teacher for over a decade in both public... Read More →
DW

Dawn Wilson

Houston Baptist University


Tuesday October 31, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Arboretum 1

10:00am

STEM It Up in Pre-K and Kinder
We are Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers in our 3rd year as a STEM Academy. Providing effective STEM activities for our youngest learners can be difficult. We will share our challenges and successes in integrating STEM into our curriculum. We will share the technology and materials we use, as well as the types of projects that have worked well. Come away with ideas you can use tomorrow.

Speakers
LF

Lacie Fletcher

BrazosportISD
CG

Chris Gibson

Teacher, Brazosport ISD
ST

Scarlett Tandy

BrazosportISD


Tuesday October 31, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Arboretum 4

10:00am

The Enrollment Capacity of Secondary Schools - A Function of How We Use Spaces, not the Numbers of Rooms/Seats
School districts evolve constantly re: the numbers and locations of students, the instructional methods and programs they are to provide, and the budgets within which they must operate—and these impact, and are impacted by the nature and capacity of existing and future school facilities. The presentation will explore capacity analyses of existing facilities, and the projection in long range plans/bond programs of facility needs and costs to serve future enrollments and programs.

Speakers
CJ

Christopher Juntti

Spring Branch ISD
FK

Frank Kelly

Architect, Planner, Stantec


Tuesday October 31, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Sandalwood

10:00am

Where Learning Never Stops: Applying Neuroscience Research in the Personalizing / Blended Classroom Environment
As technology continues to permeate classrooms, personalized and blended learning havegained traction among educators and policy makers. Many believe that the power of technology and personalized learning will finally allow teachers to individualize instruction for our increasingly diverse students. However, while technology and classroom innovation are certainly important, a deep understanding of exciting developments in the field of neuroscience and how students learn is essential.In this session, you will learn how applying the findings of neuroscience, integrating carefully curated instructional technology, and supporting expert teaching will lead to student-centric classrooms “where learning never stops.”

Speakers

Tuesday October 31, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Dogwood

10:00am

Ray McNulty - Future Ready Today — Where Best Practices Meet Next Practices
The future is not some place we are going to, but rather what we are creating with our everyday actions. If we focus only on the practices that have been successful in the past, the education system will never be transformed. The International Center believes that educators need to be the agents of change, which requires us not only to have a future‐focused vision and agenda, but also to behave our way into the future. Ray McNulty will describe how some educators and schools are leading their way into the future, share a glimpse of emerging near‐, mid‐, and far‐term education trends, and push everyone’s thinking about learning in the years ahead! 

Speakers
avatar for Raymond J. McNulty

Raymond J. McNulty

Dean of the School of Education, Southern New Hampshire University
Raymond J. McNulty is the Dean for the School of Education at Southern New Hampshire University which Fast Company magazine named the 12th most innovative organization in the world in its World's 50 Most Innovative Companies, and is a Senior Fellow to the International Center for... Read More →


Tuesday October 31, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Imperial Ballroom

11:10am

Building Blocks of a High-Performing Team
Ever feel like planning sessions or PLC’s are a waste of time? We all have heard over and over how effective team collaboration will dramatically increase the level of student achievement. In this session, you will hear about the arduous journey of a team moving from often dysfunctional to highly innovative collaborators where student growth greatly improved. Come learn the essentials for building your own High-Performing Team, and take away strategies to transform your planning sessions and PLC’s!

Speakers
avatar for Tiffany Holland

Tiffany Holland

1st Grade Teacher, Northwest ISD - Cox Elementary
JO

Julieanne Orr

Northwest ISD - Cox Elementary


Tuesday October 31, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Arboretum 2

11:10am

Coaching for Instructional Success... A District's Intensive Coaching Model
How does a fast-growing district use their available resources to support teachers at all levels? Alvin ISD is implementing an instructional coaching model that empowers campus instructional coaches to become instructional leaders. Curriculum directors will explain the planning and designing of this coaching model including logistics, implementation timelines, costs, and long-range plans. Participants will gain insight into the planning required for a major district initiative for anyone wanting to begin a coaching model of support.

Speakers
SH

Shandar Hobbs

Director of Curriculum, Alvin ISD
CL

Charlotte Liptack

Alvini ISD, Alvin ISD
DP

Diane Peltier

Director of Curriculum, Alvin ISD
EP

Erica Price

Alvin ISD
JV

Jennifer Valdez

Asst. Supt. of Curriculum & In, ALVIN ISD



Tuesday October 31, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Arboretum 5

11:10am

Digging Into Digital Accommodations
Prepare to add digital accommodations to your toolbox to utilize with students with dyslexia and literacy difficulties. These digital accommodations have been tried out with students and teachers in our district and have transformed the students' learning and sharing of their knowledge that they once didn't have access to. You will walk away with the ability to add many of these resources to your personal digital device and will be able to access and share with others.

Speakers
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Amy Montemayor

COORDINATOR LITERACY INTERVENTION, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD



Tuesday October 31, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Arboretum 1

11:10am

Don't Let Communication Breakdowns Break You Down
Education is a people business. The biggest roadblock to the success of our organizations is miscommunication. This session will give you hands on practice in evaluating, prioritizing, and responding to communication from various stakeholders. Real life examples will be used to help you practice your communication skills... so your road will be clear!

Speakers
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Martin Silverman

Judson ISD


Tuesday October 31, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Sandalwood

11:10am

Google Forms + Super Quiz = Super Awesome
Provide instant feedback to students from assessment using Google Forms and Add-on Super Quiz. Students receive a customized auto-­generated e-mail detailing their results and differentiated assignments. Teacher receives results sorted in tabs by raw data, student right or wrong, class summary, and target tutoring list. Use assessment as Entrance/Exit Tickets, Warm-­ups, or any type of assessment to gauge students' mastery level on specific skills. Super Awesome way to use data to drive instruction.

Speakers
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Miko Wagstaff

Digital Coach, Richardson ISD


Tuesday October 31, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Cottonwood

11:10am

Make BOLD Choices: Building Opportunities for Literacy Daily
What tools do you have in your toolbox to ensure every student receives literacy instruction by all teachers and in all content areas? Birdville ISD is making BOLD choices regarding literacy instruction PK-Grade 12. Participants in this session will learn about Birdville ISD’s comprehensive plan for literacy professional development for principals, assistant principals, academic coaches, and teachers. Included will be ways to address struggling readers at all levels, as well as advancing our most proficient readers. “The ability to read, write, and communicate connects people to one another and empowers them to achieve things they never thought possible.” International Literacy Association. Come join us and connect with others on the “literacy for all” journey.

Speakers
avatar for Crysten Caviness

Crysten Caviness

Coordinator of PL and CM, Birdville ISD
avatar for Dr. Elizabeth Clark

Dr. Elizabeth Clark

Associate Superintendent, Birdville ISD
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Jaimie Smith

CURRICULUM, BIRDVILLE ISD



Tuesday October 31, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Dogwood

11:10am

Can’t See the Forest for the Trees? Growth-Oriented Teacher Supervision
In robotically trying to observe and document rubric components, principals concern themselves with compliance rather than supervising or coaching….they “can’t see the forest for the trees.”  They are so concerned with checking the boxes, filling in the forms, checking teacher goals, and linking observations to rubrics to meet administrative requirements, that they have lost sight of the purpose of effective teacher supervision….to grow teachers and improve student learning.  With mandated state requirements, districts should take the time to reevaluate purpose, effectiveness, analysis of ALL data, results, and their model in general.  Bring meaning to compliance.
The session will highlight the following:
  • Taking a step back to determine if all the “pieces” of their system add value
  • How to be compliant with state regulations, but use them to your advantage
  • Look at growth-oriented frameworks, not laundry lists of components.
  • Since student testing is still required, use it meaningfully, not for punishment
  • Getting teachers involved in their own supervision process…done “with” them not “to” them
  • Learning how technology can help principals and teacher in a reflective process
 Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the presenter during the presentation.

Tuesday October 31, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
Arboretum 3

12:15pm

Connecting the Dots
Take this opportunity to meet up with your group and discuss and digest what you have experienced and learned over the last few days at the conference.  Discuss how and what you will bring back from your experience.  A great chance to share and listen.

Tuesday October 31, 2017 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Window Box (2nd Floor)