Explore Topics with Featured Presenters during Master Classes

Dive deep into rigor, school culture, poverty, discipline and more. Featured presenters include Sanée Bell, Lynmara Colón, Brad Gustafson, Heather Patterson, Ruby Payne, Dan St. Romain, James Whitfield and John Wink. Classes held 8-11am June 17.

Separate fee applies. Includes a book which you will receive at the conference.

Conference + Master Class

Member: $628 (Register by May 15 – $528)
Nonmember: $927 (Register by May 15 – $827)

A. Be Excellent on Purpose: Intentional Strategies for Impactful Leadership

Sanée Bell, EdD, Katy ISD

Excellence is a journey where leaders discover who they are, what they value, and the principles that drive them. Being a leader committed to excellence means striving to “Be Excellent on Purpose” by doing ordinary things in extraordinary ways. Leave with a personal leadership action plan full of intentional strategies and principles that will motivate, inspire, and challenge you to transform your practice and your school.

Book: “Be Excellent on Purpose: Intentional Strategies for Impactful Leadership” by Sanée Bell

B. Lead with Magic: The Power of Creating Magical Environments for All

Lynmara Colón, Prince William County Schools, Virginia

Is your school the happiest place on earth? Are all children, staff members and parents clamoring to enter the doors every morning? If so, congrats! If not, why not? How can we create a climate overflowing with optimism, happiness, partnership, and rigorous learning? Explore the keys to making magic throughout the school environment in this interactive session.

Book: “The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences have Extraordinary Impact” by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

C. Reclaiming Our Calling

Brad Gustafson, EdD, Wayzata Public School District, Minnesota

Principals are in a people-profession and learning is at the heart of everything we do. Unfortunately, it sometimes seems like we’re being forced to choose between the people we serve or high-stakes test scores…but it doesn’t have to be this way. This master class will help you lead for relationships and results! Best of all, we will have a blast learning through hands-on activities, inspiring stories, and ideas you can implement immediately.

Book: “Reclaiming Our Calling: Hold on to the Heart, Mind, and Hope of Education” by Brad Gustafson

D. Relentlessly Driven!

Heather Patterson, Lamar CISD

Hamish Brewer said, “Being RELENTLESS is more than a motto, it’s a mission of total passion and purpose, and it’s the only way to win at work and at life!” Grab your campus team and join this high energy session led by a principal who has opened two new campuses. Discover ideas, strategies, and activities to help you build (or rebuild) relentless relationships with your staff, students and community. Whether you’re going one more round at your current campus or stepping into a new position in the new school year, don’t miss out on this motivating opportunity to make your dream a reality!

Book: “Relentless: Changing Lives by Disrupting the Educational Norm” by Hamish Brewer

E. Emotional Poverty: How to Reduce Anger, Anxiety, and Violence in Your Classroom

Ruby Payne, PhD, aha! Process

What is emotional poverty? It is when the brain is unintegrated and unregulated, when the bonding and attachment is not secure, and the inner self is under-developed. Why is this important? Increasingly schools are dealing with more students who are angry, anxious and tending to violence (particularly at PK and K). This is taking significant time away from learning. The typical discipline strategies are only working with about half of the students because many of the behavior issues have very deep emotional roots. This workshop will provide strategies, understandings of the causes and sources, and vocabulary. In addition, the workshop will help educators identify early the most probable sources of violence so that interventions can begin much earlier. The “emotional dance” in the classroom will also be named and discussed.

Book: “Emotional Poverty in all Demographics” by Ruby Payne

F. Positive Behavior Principles

Dan St. Romain, Dan St. Romain Educational Consulting

Toto, you’re not in Kansas anymore! Although behaviors in the school system have changed a great deal in the past few decades, our strategies for supporting those behaviors have not. By examining what research says about the brain, we are in a better position to understand how to best create long-term behavior change in our students. In this fast-paced session, learn nine principles for positively shaping the behavior of students. This information is applicable PK-12, complements PBIS efforts, and has specific implications for both classroom and schoolwide practices.

Book: “Positive Behavior Principles” by Dan St. Romain

G. Leading Change in Changing Times

James Whitfield, EdD, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD

How do we build a culture of passion, innovation and excellence during a time when it feels like the rules are ever-changing? As schools are tasked with more initiatives and mandates, how do we lead meaningful, lasting change? How do we create environments our students are excited to come to, staff are pumped to serve, and parents are thrilled to send their students each day? We’ll move past the mandates and towards meaning as we discuss practical ways to navigate this life-changing work we’re so fortunate to do each day.

Book: “The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups” by Daniel Coyle

H. Leading All Students to Excellence with Creative Strategies for Individual Students

John Wink, Carthage ISD

Explore the 6th level of John Wink’s Hierarchy of Student Excellence, Creative Strategies for Individual Students. This level explores the concept of differentiation in a manner that gives teachers and leaders the knowledge and skills to create powerful extensions and interventions that put students in the driver’s seat of their learning. Gain concrete strategies to provide teachers professional learning and collaboration, as well as individual supports for teachers, and personalized supports for students.

Book: A Teacher’s Guide to Excellence in Every Classroom: Creating Support Systems for Student Success by John Wink

The Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA), whose hallmark is educational leaders learning with and from each other, has served Texas PK-8 school leaders since 1917. Member owned and member governed, TEPSA has more than 5,900 members who direct the activities of 3 million PK-8 school children. TEPSA is an affiliate of the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

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