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Steve Gilliland

Enjoy the Ride
If you want to achieve true success and fulfillment, you must first discover an enthusiasm for your work and personal life. Decide where you are heading, get on the bus, choose the right seat and Enjoy The Ride™!

Ervin Knezek
What’s New, What Now, What Next: An Update on Assessment and Accountability 2016-2017
Explore changes to the state assessment and accountability programs, think of ways to creatively communicate those to teachers, and prioritize the top five things you can do to make a difference.

Angela Maiers
Closing the Passion Gap
A focus on digital literacy is imperative and is central to the future of every human being. Digital literacy and critical analysis do not naturally emerge because we put devices in students’ hands. Fluency in any language; digital or otherwise, comes from immersion and access to those grounded and fluent in the language. It must be taught explicitly and directly. Gain valuable insights into the ever-changing world of digital literacy and the many new uses of technology to enhance learning.

Barbara Blackburn
Rigor in the Classroom: Five Strategies to Improve Instruction
Implementing rigor at the classroom level is best supported by leadership practices. Learn five impactful strategies leaders can apply to spur schoolwide change and to encourage teachers to raise the level of rigor in their classrooms.

Adam Saenz
Stress Management 101: Moving From Bitter to Better

Most of us are aware of the potential negative effects of stress physically, mentally and eventually leading to burnout. The good news is stress doesn’t have to be the enemy. In fact, if our goal is to live a stress-free life, we are cheating ourselves out of a potentially valuable fuel source. When understood and managed effectively, stress can produce positive outcomes. Leave with practical strategies to increase your adaptive coping and tools for building community with your colleagues, students and parents.

Bobby Moore
Five Strategies for Creating a High Growth School

Improve learning opportunities for all students with practices mined from high-performing campuses and districts. Explore how leaders limit initiatives, leverage time and resources, develop a balanced assessment approach, utilize growth measures and empower teachers to move their campus forward and ensure success.

Advancing Classrooms thru Evaluation
What are the important characteristics needed for implementation with fidelity of a new evaluation system like T-TESS? Hear from Bobby Moore, who has supported other state leaders in this process, what the vital skills for principal success are. Explore how to communicate the purpose and possibilities for an effective system, facilitate engaging coaching and feedback conversations and help your staff build a deep understanding of the appraisal process. Leave with resources to prepare for back to school training.

John Wink
Growing Excellence Through Student Engagement

Time is the constant; how teachers use it is the variable. Excellent teachers maximize instructional time while struggling teachers unintentionally waste it. Discover strategies to create a "Learning Bell to Bell" mindset from John’s book, The Leader's Guide to Excellence in Every Classroom. Gain practical tools to help every teacher optimize every minute of instruction. Additionally, learn about a new instructional delivery model that shifts the responsibility of learning from the teacher to the students, and see how this innovative lesson planning template (powered by Google) solidifies the excellence mindset by giving leaders and teachers one tool that helps teachers plan for student engagement, and helps leaders give prescriptive walkthrough feedback.

Sean Cain
Game of Schools: Surviving and Thriving in the Accountability Age

Today’s educator is expected to achieve more with an increasingly diverse student population, and fewer resources than any educator before us. Leading a school using yesterday’s understandings simply ensures that you will not meet today’s expectations. Best-selling author and Texas practitioner, Sean Cain, will help you focus your attentions and efforts in a way that guarantees that you and your staff will win the Game of Schools.

Systems for Success: A School Innovator's Blueprint
The highest achievers operate within structured systems that focus brainpower and effort towards ever-increasing success. In schools, it is possible to create structures that leverage the brainpower of the instructional staff in a way that maximizes student performance. Develop an understanding of the instructional infrastructure that must be put in place so the focused creativity of staff can be unleashed and performance maximized.

Donalyn Miller
Creating Strong Reading Communities
The only thing readers like almost as much as reading is talking about books with other readers. Reading communities support young readers by fostering a sense of belonging and challenging readers to stretch themselves. Donalyn Miller shares the benefits of reading communities for both students and adults and provides resources for building strong reading communities in your schools.
Sponsored by Scholastic Book Fairs.


Kevin Tutt

Trapped: Escaping the Comfort of Complacency
You have the power to make a difference! As leaders we often find ourselves in survival mode, simply going through the motions. Enjoy an entertaining look at why complacency is the trap that steals your passion and forces you to settle for good enough. You will be challenged to make every moment count!

Michele Borba
Cultivating Empathy: The Best Antidote to Bullying

Research is clear that bullying is learned, and can be unlearned. Turn peer cruelty into compassion and combat bullying by activating empathy. Explore empathy-building tools, stories and evidence-based practices that have been infused in hundreds of homes, schools and counseling agencies and organizations. Develop a caring learning community that combats bullying with respect, mobilizes children’s compassion and courage to become Upstanders, and teaches a few crucial habits that activate empathy to reduce both bullying and victimization.

Developing Unselfies: Essential Habits for Creating Empathetic Students and Schools
Of course, we want our kids to be successful and happy, but stirring new research says we may be missing what matters most in helping kids thrive: empathy! Today’s teens are 40% less empathetic than they were just a generation ago; narcissism has increased 58%. But empathy can be cultivated. Dr. Borba shares why empathy is a skill that’s vital for children’s mental health, resilience, leadership skills, and job success. Best yet, you’ll learn dozens of easy ways to help your child learn simple habits that cultivate empathy and instill compassion, courage, and confidence. Her revolutionary framework for nurturing empathy is a call to action to transform the way we parent and teach. Empathetic kids will thrive in the future, but the seeds of success must be planted today—one empathetic habit at a time.

Amelia Van Name Larson
They are here! They are ready. Are you?

Children of immigrants now comprise 19% of the US school-age population. What happens when children of immigrants come to school? Who are they and what are the equity issues impacting them?
Sponsored by American Reading.

Deli Moussavi-Bock
Leadership Orienteering: A Holistic Approach to Leading

Any strategy based in fantasy will fail. When you're in the woods, before you can get to where you're going, you need to get clear on where you are. Get clear on the present reality of any given situation—what's actually occurring, not what you wish would occur—in order to choose a mindset and a strategy to get to where you want to be.

Intrinsic Motivation: Fulfilling Needs Constructively in the Workplace
Gallop sites 70% of US employees are unengaged at work. All human beings—leaders, teachers, students, parents, staff—have the desire to be fulfilled, but the culturally supported strategies to get there don't tend to work. The key question is, are we meeting our needs for fulfillment constructively or destructively? If we're doing the latter, we're shooting ourselves in the foot and working against our goals. Get a taste of a proven method to create fulfillment, individually and collectively, in a way that benefits your results, your team results, your school results. Challenge yourself to understand what intrinsically motivates you or someone else and find constructive strategies that work in your professional environment and at home.
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