As of July 12, 2018. Subject to Change.

Wednesday – September 26, 2018
7:00 am – 5:00 pm                       Registration
8:00 am – 5:00 pm                            Equity Symposium West
5:00 – 7:00 pm                            Networking Reception with Sponsors
Thursday – September 27, 2018
7:00 am – 4:00 pm           Registration
7:30 – 9:00 am                Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 am                          Keynote
10:45 am – 12:00 pm      

Clinic Sessions

  • Leveling the Playing Field Through Social-Emotional Learning
  • Engaging Parents as Partners through Academic Parent Teacher Teams (APTT)
  • Using a Data Driven and Project Based Learning Model for Equity
  • Extensive Mental Health Services at Every Site
12:15 – 1:30 pm              Luncheon featuring Student Performances
1:45 – 3:00 pm               

Clinic Sessions

  • The Nation’s Report Card: Using NAEP Data to Explore Equity in Education
  • Vision 2020: A Renaissance of Excellence
  • Developing a Healthy Working Climate Between the Board and the Superintendent
  • Flipping the Script: The Role of the Board in Changing the Narrative Around Their Urban School District
3:15 – 4:30 pm               

Clinic Sessions

  • Bridging Gaps of the Heart, Head, and Hand: Trauma Informed School District and School Safety
  • How to Attack the Summer Learning Gap
  • Moving From Tolerance of Diversity to Transformation for Equity
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm     

BoardDocs Event and Networking Opportunity – Chateau Rooftop

Friday – September 28, 2018
7:00 am – 4:00 pm           Registration
7:30 – 9:00 am                Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15 am             

Clinic Sessions

  • Summer Soar: Community Partnerships that Enhance Student Engagement
  • Leading Change: Using Board Policy to Ensure Excellence and Equity in Schools
10:30 – 11:45 am           

Clinic Sessions

  • Strengthening Equity Work and Policies
  • Innovation Schools: A New Model for Accountability and Achievement
  • The Role of School Board Members in Advancing Equity Through the School Improvement Process
12:00 – 1:30 pm               State of Urban Education Luncheon
1:45 – 4:45 pm               

Leadership Training Workshop

How School Boards Can Learn to Stop Avoiding and Start Tackling Cyber Risk!

These days, news about cyberattacks seems to come almost daily.  WannaCry, NotPetya, Russian attacks on our electoral system, and other big data breaches are happening at companies in every industry – including public education.  We all have experienced “cyber anxiety” – the fear that our information has already been stolen, and that we know way too little about how or why it’s happening (and what to expect next).  For school boards, this “fear of the unknown” might mean they avoid discussing cyber risk at all.  But the potential risk – and rewards – of cyber are so great, boards that embrace cyber issues head on have a distinct advantage over their peers.  This fun, highly interactive session will seek to help your board overcome “cyber anxiety” and help you learn how to tackle cyber risk in ways that benefit your district. 

Presenter:  Dottie Schindlinger  |  Governance Technology Evangelist, BoardDocs

Planning for Action: Understanding & Creating a Roadmap for District ESSA Plans    

From insight on effective tools for student progress to supports for vulnerable students and models that promote innovation, this session includes materials for the Every Student Succeeds Act that provide a strategic framework for effective implementation.  Learn how schools are using data analytics and interactive dashboards to allocate school resources for the purpose of increasing academic performance and student opportunities.  ESSA is requiring school leadership teams to become more data centric and transparent.  This session will highlight some of the newest and most innovative approaches for ESSA compliance including the new requirement for building level expense reporting. 

Presenters:  Deborah Rigsby, NSBA’s Director of Lobbying and Federal Legislation and Jeff Carew, Forecast5 Analytics Managing Director

6:45 pm Doors Open
7:00 - 11:00 pm                           Awards Program Dinner
Saturday – September 29, 2018
8:00 am – 12:00 pm         Registration
8:00 – 9:00 am                Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 am             

District-Sized Workshop by Student Population

  • 15,000 or less
  • 15,001 – 40,000
  • 40,0001 – 80,000
  • 80,001 and above
10:45 am – 12:00 pm      

Dr. Bryant Marks
Diversity and Implicit Bias Trainer

Dr. Bryant T. Marks is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Morehouse College, Director of the Morehouse Male Initiative, and Executive Director of the Morehouse Research Institute, whose mission is to serve as a national resource regarding research and best practices related to the affirmative personal and academic development Black males. He has a B.A. in psychology and a minor in economics from Morehouse College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Marks’ research interests include the psychological impact of the Black College experience, factors related to the retention and graduation rates of Black males in college in the U.S. and abroad, the affirmative personal, leadership and academic development of African American males, and innovative pedagogical approaches for teaching science. Courses taught by Dr. Marks include the psychology of African American males, statistics, research methods, social psychology, racial identity, and he has published in the areas of racial identity, academic achievement among African Americans, and international prejudice. He has received several teaching awards and serves on numerous national advisory boards (e.g., UNCF and The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies) and review panels (e.g., The National Science Foundation). Dr. Marks is a sought-after speaker and consultant. He served as a content expert for CNN (Black in America 3), Black Enterprise, and The Chicago Tribune and has been listed in The Root’s list of100 emerging African American leaders. 

12:15 – 2:15 pm              Closing Keynote Lunch
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