East Irondequoit Central School District

Annual Conference - San Antonio 2018

East Irondequoit Central School District
Rochester, New York
November 5-7, 2017

Come feel the spirit of collaboration!

Located in Monroe County, along the shore of Lake Ontario, Irondequoit is one of Rochester, NY’s oldest suburban areas.  The area is rich with history and boasts over 80 wineries and cider mills, particularly in the beautiful Finger Lakes region.  Many high-tech research businesses and top-quality health care facilities make their home in the Rochester area.

The East Irondequoit Central School District has emerged as a leader in digital education, earning credit not only for the implementation, but also for the consideration it has given towards sustainability, professional development and changing the culture in the district.  The emphasis is placed not on the device but on good teaching.  The school district is fiscally strong and is governed by a nine-member Board of Education. 

East Irondequoit has an enrollment of approximately 3100 students.  It is comprised of six buildings, two with grade pre-k through second, two with grades 3-5, a middle school and a high school.  Approximately 50 percent of the students, district-wide, are part of the free or reduced lunch program.  It is also the most culturally-diverse district in Monroe County with more than 20 different languages spoken by our families.

EICSD is one of the few districts in New York which offers the International Baccalaureate Programme in all of its schools. The middle school and the high school are also AVID schools. In fact, the middle school is the only AVID Demonstration School in New York State and Eastridge High School has been named a School of Opportunity by the National Education Policy Center.  Project Lead the Way (PLTW,) a nationally-recognized pre-engineering program was added to the Eastridge course offerings in 2007 and the school’s Robotics Team, the Iron Lancers, continue to impress at the FIRST Robotics competitions.

The district has also been selected as a member of the League of Innovative Schools, a nation-wide collection of 86 districts selected for their commitment to improving the way technology innovation is used in the classroom.  EICSD has hosted two annual digital symposiums, attracting nearly 400 people from around the region to see first-hand the work that is taking place in the classrooms.  Our youngest students have begun learning coding, unlocking creative problem-solving skills and setting a foundation for continued STEM learning. The district has fully implemented 1:1 devices at all grade levels, K-12, ensuring equitable access to technology for all students and has partnered with Discovery Education to provide teachers with high-quality professional development. Details about the district digital conversion can be found at

Join us as we celebrate the spirit of collaboration! We are pleased to announce that Michael Fullan and Mark Edwards will be delivering the keynote address at this event. Michael is a renowned education researcher and worldwide authority on educational reform, and author of over 24 books on the subject. Mark is recognized as a pioneer of 1:1 computing in public schools, nationally recognized transformational leader in digital conversion, and is the former superintendent of the Mooresville, NC school district. He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Digital Learning with Discovery Education. Michael and Mark recently coauthored a book called The Power of Unstoppable Momentum: Key Drivers to Revolutionize Your District (and Integrate Technology in the Classroom), which “details a simple but powerful school improvement plan for integrating educational technology, pedagogy, and deep learning that leads to lasting change” (source: Amazon). A copy of this new book will be provided to each attendee.

Susan Allen was named the New York State Superintendent of the Year in 2016 and has also been instrumental in developing a unique relationship with the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, which provides both institutions opportunities to examine the potential that digital education holds for our children.  This partnership has led to the creation of a Regional Digital Conversion Consortium that provides support and resources to many school districts.


Sunday, November 5
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Reception & Registration, Rochester Airport Marriott Hotel
1890 West Ridge Rd, Rochester
Monday, November 6
6:30 a.m. – 7:20 a.m.       Registration & Full Breakfast (Marriott guests only)
Rochester Airport Marriott
7:30 a.m. – 7:55 a.m.   Buses depart hotel for Eastridge High School
7:30 a.m. – 7:55 a.m.       Registration for Local Guests at Eastridge High School Library
8:00 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.

East Irondequoit’s Digital Conversion Journey and the Spirit of Collaboration                                                                                

Susan K. Allen, East Irondequoit CSD Superintendent

  • 2016 NYS Superintendent of the Year
  • Member of the League of Innovative Schools
  • Member of the Educational Research and Development Institute Superintendent’s Panel

Joseph Sutorius, East Irondequoit Chief Information Officer

  • Presenter on Digital Conversion at National School Boards Conference, NYS School Boards Conference, National Schoology Conference, National Association of School Business Officials Conference, Building Learning Communities, and the Consortium of School Networking.
8:40 a.m.– 8:50 a.m.  Networking Break & Sponsor Showcase
8:50 a.m.– 11:10 a.m.

Buses Depart for Classroom Visits (All participants will visit 3 schools on Monday – 2 sites in the morning and 1 in the afternoon – – from among 6 Tour Options)

Grades K-2:  Highlights

  • Coding at the Primary level
  • Maker Space
    • Seesaw LMS integration
    • International Baccalaureate Student Exhibition
    • Genius Hour
    • IB Primary Year Program Inquiry Model
    • Smart Tables
    • Digital resources (Book Creator, Kahoot, Socrative)

Grades 3-5:  Highlights

  • Inquiry Lab
  • Project-Based Learning
  • IB Primary Year Program Inquiry Model
  • 21st century Library redesign
  • Windows tables
  • IB Primary Years Student Exhibition
  • Maker Spaces
  • Coding at Grade 5


Grades 6 – 8: Highlights

  • Classrooms of the Future
    • Innovative science classroom/lab
    • Cutting edge teacher presentation tools
  • AVID Tutorials
  • Discovery TECH Books
  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years
    •     Programme personal project

Grades 9 – 12: Highlights

  • Project Lead the Way including Computer Science
  • FIRST Robotics
  • Classrooms of the Future
  • AVID Tutorials
  • Student tech support center
  • Digital art and photography
11:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Lunch at Eastridge High School with student entertainment
12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Buses Depart for Classroom Visits (1 School Site from your Tour Option)
1:30 p.m.– 1:50 p.m.  Networking at Eastridge High School
1:50 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.  Dr. Michael Fullan and Dr. Mark Edwards  - Keynote Address
Co-authors of a new book, Unstoppable Momentum, and leaders in transformational change and digital conversion
2:50 p.m.– 3:40 p.m. Book signing following keynote, and networking
3:40 p.m.  Buses Depart for the Hotel
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Shuttle Buses depart hotel to reception
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Reception at Strong National Museum of Play
1 Manhattan Square Drive
Visit the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. Try your hand at video gaming, explore the National Toy Hall of Fame, and enjoy an evening of fun and good food.
Shuttles will depart for the Hotel from 7:15 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.
Tuesday, November 7
7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. Registration & Full Breakfast (Marriott guests only)
Airport Marriott Hotel
8:00 a.m. Buses depart for Eastridge High School
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Networking Break
8:45 a.m.– 9:30 a.m.

Breakout sessions today will cover a wide range of topics and essential “how to” insights. Participants will be able to select 3 sessions to attend. Sessions will include topics such as:

Using digital resources to create student-centered classrooms

Partnership to consortium: a Higher Ed perspective on digitally rich teaching

Digital Conversion Leadership – Where do you start?

Cyber security and data breach: From the perspective of legal counsel

Classroom redesign: Flexible learning made possible through digital conversion

Digital Conversion Q & A with the Superintendent, and the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

Empowerment through collaboration: A superintendent perspective

Driving Innovative Teaching and Learning - A Superintendent’s Role

9:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

Networking Break

9:40 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Breakout sessions
10:25 a.m. Networking Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Breakout sessions
11:45 a.m.                         Closing remarks and door prize drawing in the Eastridge High School Library
12:00 p.m.  Gourmet Box Lunches
1:00 p.m.  Buses return to the hotel
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