9 - 10:15 a.m.
Equity and Access: Success for All
Learn how Meriden Public Schools, an urban Connecticut district, leveled the playing field and ensured equity and access with its Success for All campaign, which earned the district a 2020 Magna Award. Attendees will know how Meriden increased equitable opportunities by providing students greater voice and choice. Participants will understand how Meriden’s board policies, practices, curriculum, and instructional strategies changed to support equity and college and career readiness. Participants will be able to reflect and incorporate new strategies into their equity action plans.
Mark Benigni, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Meriden Public Schools
Robert Kosienski, Jr., President Meriden Board of Education, Meriden Public Schools
Barbara Haeffner, Director of Teaching and Innovation, Meriden Public Schools
Dana Fudge, School Counseling Director, Maloney High School, Meriden Public Schools
James Flynn, Assistant Principal, Maloney High School, Meriden Public Schools
From an “F” School to a Place Where All Students Thrive
How can districts unlock the potential of struggling schools and get rapid, equitable, lasting results for all students? Moseley Elementary School—in the fully Title I district of Putnam County—was the fifth-lowest performing traditional public school in Florida. In just two years, Moseley made remarkable improvements in student achievement and behavior. Learn how school boards can take an active role in school turnaround with a new school improvement model, a bold vision, and high expectations.
Jonathan Hinke, Director of School Improvement, Putnam County School District
Sandra Gilyard, School Board Member, Board Chair, Putnam County School District
Michael Toth, Founder and CEO of LSI; leader of LSI’s Applied Research Center, Learning Sciences International
Male Educator Network of PGCPS
The Male Educators Network (MEN) of Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland was founded in 2013 with the mission to increase the recruitment and retention of male educators in the school system to ensure the make-up of educators reflected that of the district. Since 2013, PGCPS has had the highest number and percentage of male educators in the Washington, D.C., metro area.
Curtis Valentine, At-Large Member, Prince Georges Public School Board
Victorious Hall, Academic Dean, Oxon Hill Middle School
Albert Lewis, Assistant Principal, Largo High School
Workforce Impact: Ready to Work
This session will discuss an approach for making high school graduates ready for work after high school. It is important that school districts prepare all students for college, career, and military readiness. Since students deserve choices, an effective curricula and industry certification programs offered for all students are a must. These students will receive current and relevant skills that will guarantee passing of all certification tests. In addition, industry partners support will be explained.
Linda Griffin, School Board Trustee, Garland ISD
Discipline Policies that Helps Prevent Bias Towards Children of Color
This session will show the importance of developing a discipline policy that will help to eliminate implicit bias that impacts students of color and identify specific student needs that are impeding on their educational success. It will reveal the importance of school leaders examining their own discipline data and practices towards children of color.
Khem Irby, School Board Member, Guilford County Schools
Deena Hayes-Greene, School Board Member, Guilford County Schools
Winston McGregor , School Board Member, Guilford County Schools
Sharon Contreras, Superintendent, Guilford County Schools
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Excellent Superintendent/Board of Education Relationships
For nine years, the Prairie-Hills District 144 superintendent and the board have worked with the staff, parents, students, and community members to standardize the practice of excellence. The district has raised test scores consistently. It has overcome budget deficits to balance the budget. It has written competitive grants, built and remodeled new facilities, incorporated STEM and STEAM programs throughout the district. Presenters will identify systemic goals to change the culture of their district, improve their communication, and increase student achievement.
Dr. Kimako Patterson, Superintendent, Prairie-Hills Elementary School District 144
Julia Veazey, Assistant Superintendent, Prairie-Hills Elementary School District 144
Sharron Davis, Board President, Prairie-Hills D144
Joyce Dickerson, Board Vice President, Prairie-Hills D144
Juanita Jordan, Board Member, PHESD 144
Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Policy & Protocol
This presentation will highlight the efforts of the Atlanta Public School district to develop Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking policies and a protocol where teachers are being educated about warning signs and risk factors so that they can identify and respond early.
Erika Mitchell, Board Member, Atlanta Board of Education
Sharnell Myles, Psy.D., LPC, JoyUs Beginnings Child & Family Wellness Center and The Trauma Resource Institute, LLC
Has Your District Taken an Equity Detour?
Examine Paul Gorski's four racial equity detours and five equity principles that can help school board members and administrators trade in the illusion of progress for a truly transformational racial equity approach.
Mary Fertakis, CEO, M Fertakis Consulting LLC
Kay Douglas, Senior Consultant, Texas Association of School Boards
For the Kulture: Creating an inclusive environment where students find their voice in order to take ownership of their individual story
This workshop focuses on the societal and environmental issues and childhood trauma that teachers and administrators in urban school districts face daily: understanding how to effectively engage students in urban classrooms and beyond through culturally responsive educational practices (academic, character education, and therapy). This workshop introduces specific strategies and research-based practices to effectively engage all students to include an applied studies theory of practice that creates resiliency.
Dr. Jaclyn Walker, Program Specialist, Portsmouth Public Schools
Dr. Velvet Smith, Program Specialist, Portsmouth Public Schools Lakeesha Atkinson, School Board Member, Portsmouth Public Schools
Moving from equitable to anti-racist policymaking
Over the past few decades, education leaders worked hard to move from equal to equitable outcomes for children. While this work has been important, there is another step that we must take to ensure that all children are educated well. Our education system was founded on the principles of racism. It is incumbent upon us to move beyond equity and to anti-racist policy-making. This session will address policy-making through an anti-racist lens.
Ethan Ashley, School Board Member, New Orleans Parish Board
Carrie Douglass, Co-Chair, School Board, Bend-La Pine Schools, Administrative District #1
Jasmine Bowles, School Board Member, Clayton County Public Schools
1:45 - 3 p.m.
Fostering Community Involvement with Capital Improvements Improvement
This presentation will highlight different communication methods to gain community input and support for long-range, high-cost capital improvement projects.
Brandon Ewing, School Board President, Waukegan Public School District 60
LeBaron Moten, Chief Operations Officer, Waukegan Public Schools District 60
Gwendolyn Polk, Associate Superintendent of Business and Finance, Waukegan Public Schools District 60
Equity in Action: Building a Culture of STEAM
Are you preparing students for the hottest and highest paying STEAM job market where black and Latinos make up only 4 percent of the workforce? Learn how Compton Unified is closing the opportunity gap by building a pipeline of students preK-12 who are prepared for STEAM majors and career opportunities. Engage in an equity-driven process to build a STEAM culture, develop STEAM learning pathways for engagement, and raise parents’ awareness through community events.
Michele Dawson, Sr.Director Instructional Tech and Innovation, Compton Unified
Darin Brawley, Superintendent, Compton Unified
Micah Ali, School Board President, Compton U
Success for all students with personalized competency-based learning K-12
Take down the traditional approach to teaching and learning to support student with personalized learning eco-system. In this student-centered approach, the Wilder School District revolutionized the importance of soft-skills to support competency-based learning. Students discover how to learn and and how to to empower that learning. This model exhibits the 16 Habits of Mind, ownership of learning, no grade levels, no bells to move students from content to content, and powerful teaching and mentoring practices.
Jeff Dillon, Superintendent, Wilder School District
National Update on the Teacher Shortage and Vision Planning for the Future
Join Kelly Coash-Johnson as she shares what AASPA has been tracking with regards to the national teacher shortage. Learn what is going on in some key states, the good and the bad. Coash-Johnson will share some key strategies districts and K-12 human resources teams can use to improve their recruitment and retention. Learn how to develop your own HR vision statement and use it to reach a more diverse audience.
Kelly Coash-Johnson, Exec Director, American Association of School Personnel Administrators
A New Way Forward: Aldine ISD's customized social and emotional learning philosophy and approach
Students are more likely to attend school regularly and have fewer discipline issues at schools that are safe and welcoming. While many Aldine ISD campuses can be described this way, it was important to develop a districtwide approach to creating learning environments that focus on the safety, social, emotional, and cultural needs of every student. Participants will walk away understanding how one of Texas’ largest districts is making social and emotional learning a priority.
Katy Roede, Chief of Schools, Aldine Independent School District
Lorenzo Moore, Director, Social and Emotional Learning, Aldine Independent School District
Viola Garcia, Aldine ISD Board Trustee, Aldine Independent School District
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
ALL IN: Equity and Accountability Framework
While data show that many students in Maryland’s Montgomery County Public Schools achieve at high levels, not all have had access, opportunities, and resources needed to meet their full potential. Learn how the All In: Equity and Achievement Framework, which earned the district a 2020 Magna Award, uses multiple measures as the basis for equity accountability school reporting. This information creates the conditions necessary for achieving equity by examining how well resources are used across-district and within-schools to ensure higher achievement for all.
Jack Smith, Superintendent, Montgomery County PS
Shebra Evans, President, Board of Education, Montgomery County Schools
Patricia O'Neil, Vice President, Board of Education, Montgomery County Schools
Janet Wilson, Associate Superintendent - Office of Shared Accountability, Montgomery County Schools
My Brother’s Keeper: Fraternity-Based Approach to Male Socialization
This workshop demonstrates an interactive curriculum-based system that educators can use to help young men of color understand themselves, keep them engaged in lifelong learning, and allow them to express their gifts and talents in a positive way. Through active engagement, presenters share lessons learned in implementing a fraternity-based approach to the MBK initiative and break down the key components including: MBK Chapter, MBK Protocol, Standard Operating Procedures, and Community Building and entrepreneurship.
Rickie Clark, Executive Director, My Brother’s Keeper, Fort Worth ISD
Amon Rashidi, Deputy Director, My Brother’s Keeper, Fort Worth ISD
Jacinto Ramos, Jr., School Board President, Fort Worth Independent School District Robert Nelson, CEO, Youth Enterprise
Reimagine Minnesota - How 40 school districts worked together with students, parents, and the community to create A Collective Education Roadmap for Action: A commitment to create lasting equity and excellence in education for all students.
John Schultz, Superintendent, Edina Public Schools
Ed Graf, Superintendent, Minneapolis Public Schools
Student Advocacy and Leadership
Are you looking for a way to increase the leadership skills of your students? Does your board of education desire a meaningful way to add shared governance with students to its decision-making process? Thornton Township High School District 205 may have an answer to those questions. This workshop explores student leadership and shared governance in public education and how it can lead to closing the achievement gap and prepare students for college and careers.
Ray Banks, Board of Education Member, Thornton Township High School District 205
Sonja Bradley, Student Board of Education President, Thornton Township High School District 205
Kayode Adebogun, Student Board of Education Member, Thornton Township High School District 205
Charting a Pathway to Greatness: Board-Superintendent Partnership to Establish a Foundation for Equity
With a commitment to equity, the OKCPS governance team began in 2017 to lead the district through a historic realignment of facilities, closing 15 campuses and restructuring nearly every school. This process, the Pathway to Greatness, was a community-wide effort and a necessary foundation for equity-based investments. OKCPS will share the guiding principles for success despite leadership transition and next steps, as well as challenges and critical considerations for other districts facing similar hard choices.
Rebecca Kaye, Chief of Equity and Accountability, Oklahoma City Public Schools
Ruth Veales, Board Member, Oklahoma City Public Schools
Sean McDaniel, Superintendent, Oklahoma City Public Schools