Wednesday, June 24, 2015 – Schedule of Events

Session I – 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Common Practices in High Functioning Afterschool Programs – Lizzie Menefee

What works? Regular participating students in 21st Century Community Learning Centers had statistically significant growth in math and positive growth in reading. What are the best practices in establishing and sustaining a quality afterschool program for the purpose of student achievement growth? This session will highlight important topics that lead to student success in the afterschool setting such as: targeting the right students for participation, alignment between the school day and afterschool program, program organization, program structure and family engagement.

Formative Assessment as Part of an Assessment System – Pam Betten/Arlynn Godinez

Participants will be provided with an overview of formative assessment based on the work of Margaret Heritage. The presenter will share information about what formative assessment is and how it supports classroom implementation of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards. As part of the discussion on formative assessment, Webb’s Depth of Knowledge and the Hess Matrix will be discussed as well as a brief overview of other components of comprehensive assessment systems and the purpose of each type of assessment.

Leading and Sustaining Programs and Services to Develop and Unleash Talent and Potential – Peter Laing

How do you identify and unleash the talent and potential of all your students? What is ‘talent development’ really – and why should you care? Here you will learn how to effectively identify, develop and nurture talent and potential in a sustainable way in a time of limited budgetary resources. Practical ideas for implementing and supporting program and services models within K-12 schools will be shared and discussed.

Sustainability and Capacity Building: Creating an Environment for Successful Mentoring – Andrew Ward

Participants will explore how to develop a strong data-driven induction and mentoring program by gathering data to demonstrate the need for a formalized induction program. The discussion includes ways of building capacity across district administration, school leadership and program coordinators. Participants will also examine the importance of creating advisory committees that will communicate both needs and actions to all stakeholders.

How to Blend Federal Funds – SESSION REPEATED – Nancy Konitzer

Regulations and guidance from many programs are structured to caution LEAs and schools to keep a separation among various resources, yet frequently the same set of students is the focus of the program. Learn how to take a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of students and staff in order to overcome perceived barriers to blending federal resources.

Leading Change Through Walk-Through Protocols and Processes – SESSION REPEATED – Eoline Cary

As part of the Arizona Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) Grant: Strengthening Instructional Leadership in Mathematics, both Roosevelt School District and Sunnyside Unified District have used a walk-through model to assist principals, assistant principals, and other mathematics leaders increase their capacity to provide rich feedback to teachers around implementation of the AZCCRS in mathematics. This interactive session will discuss the processes and protocols used and allow you to virtually experience in the rich dialogue generated following a walk through.

Strategies for Successful Staff Culture – Ericka Ciganek

This session focuses on the development of habits that serve to build a strong staff community, and how those practices serve to recruit and retain teachers.

How Teachers Can Benefit From an Integrated Learning Management System – SESSION REPEATED – Jolene Newton

The LEAs will learn how the statewide learning management solution (LMS) bridges the digital learning gap with centralized management tools for online instruction, collaboration and professional development. Discover how tools such Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate can facilitate both classroom and online learning.

Recruiting, Retaining, and Supporting Special Education Personnel – Jennine Davidson/Tracy Faulkner

Recruiting and retaining special education personnel are a challenge across the nation. However, leaders can take action to attract and keep professionals in the field of special education. In this session, participants will learn strategies and resources to recruit and retain special education personnel. Additionally, discussion will focus on best practices as leaders to best support and retain professionals serving students with disabilities in the school setting.

Utilizing Educator Evaluation Data to Impact Teacher Growth – Raquel Alvara/Virginia Stadola

This session will focus on educator evaluation data and the processes to promote professional growth for all teachers. Taking the position that professional growth is ongoing throughout a teacher’s career, this interactive workshop is designed to generate discussion around educator evaluations and assist school administrators in determining the needs and best practices for teacher growth.

Data-Driven Instruction 101 – SESSION REPEATED – Scott Maxwell

This presentation will provide district and school leaders a model for implementing data-driven instruction. The data-driven model taught in this session will shift a school’s focus to the most fundamental questions of education: not “Did we teach it?” but “Did students learn it? And if they didn’t, how can we teach it so that they do?”

Strategies for Effective Instructional Feedback – Elizabeth Allen

This presentation will provide instructional leaders with a framework on how to provide teachers effective instructional feedback. Participants will learn strategies to support teachers to identify core instructional issues and develop concrete action steps to address those concerns.

Health and Nutrition Comprehensive Partners in Academic Achievement – Miranda Graves

Efforts to improve school performance that ignore health are ill conceived, as are health improvement efforts that ignore education.

 

Special Session – TEAM TIME 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
ADE Resource Room Available

 

Session II – 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

National Family and Community Engagement Framework: Compass in Building Capacity for Student Achievement and School Improvement – Raquel Alvara

US Department of Education released the National Family and Community Engagement Framework in April 2014. Come join this interactive presentation to hear how this publication can best be used to serve our schools, families, and communities to build capacity for student achievement and school improvement.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Going 1 to 1 – Mark Joraanstad

Our session will demonstrate how a digital conversion can increase student engagement, student achievement, and change how

How to Blend Federal Funds – SESSION REPEATED – Nancy Konitzer

Regulations and guidance from many programs are structured to caution LEAs and schools to keep a separation among various resources, yet frequently the same set of students is the focus of the program. Learn how to take a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of students and staff in order to overcome perceived barriers to blending federal resources.

Using AZDash for Classroom Planning – Deborah Stirling

In this interactive workshop, you’ll use information from formative assessment dashboards as a support tool to inform practice and enhance your data literacy skills. During small group focused analysis, you will review sample data and ask three key questions: “What do I see?”, “What do I make of it?”, and “What will I do about it?” You will work in groups to frame questions, analyze data, and determine next steps and scaffolds to help close the conceptual gap.
Participants will
• Learn research-based strategies for formative assessment
• Learn a 4-phase data driven dialogue process
• Learn how to frame a question
• Learn how to transform data into information
• Learn how to transform information into a decision

I Don’t Remember It, I Can’t Find It, I Didn’t Turn It In: What’s Really Stopping Your Bottom 25%? – Sandra Laine/Suzanne Perry/Mary Keeney

Want to help the bottom 25% of your students achieve? Do your teachers and parents complain about students who “can” do the work but “won’t”?
Are these students failing because they…?
• Can’t get started, follow directions, or complete tasks independently
• Don’t turn in completed work
• Can’t prioritize
• Can’t keep track of due dates, test dates, etc.
• Lose everything
• Can’t remember what was said/done in class
• Speak before they think
• Lack flexibility in thinking
• Have poor impulse control, emotional regulation, and motivationCollege and career readiness is dependent on a set of skills broadly known as Executive Functions. When Executive Functions are poorly developed, students simply cannot achieve in the classroom at their potential, however simple changes to classroom environments and teaching specific skills result in skills that will support students to be successful now and in postsecondary opportunities.Come to this session and learn practical, simple and inexpensive strategies related to the AZCCRS that you can share with every teacher, to use in every classroom, to support every student.

Leading Change Through Walk-Through Protocols and Processes – SESSION REPEATED – Eoline Cary

As part of the Arizona Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) Grant: Strengthening Instructional Leadership in Mathematics, both Roosevelt School District and Sunnyside Unified District have used a walk-through model to assist principals, assistant principals, and other mathematics leaders increase their capacity to provide rich feedback to teachers around implementation of the AZCCRS in mathematics. This interactive session will discuss the processes and protocols used and allow you to virtually experience in the rich dialogue generated following a walk through.

Year 2 of the Statewide Student Information System – Jolene Newton

Heading into the second year that the state is allowing LEAs to opt in to the statewide student information system (SSIS), ADE will be able to offer 189 LEAs and 229,000 students the opportunity to opt in to Synergy, the state’s student information system that was developed by Edupoint. Check out why LEAs may want to opt in and what ADE IT has learned after its first year offering the program.

Data-Driven Instruction 101 – SESSION REPEATED – Scott Maxwell

This presentation will provide district and school leaders a model for implementing data-driven instruction. The data-driven model taught in this session will shift a school’s focus to the most fundamental questions of education: not “Did we teach it?” but “Did students learn it? And if they didn’t, how can we teach it so that they do?”

Observing the AZCCRS in Practice (formerly AZCCRS Review) – Pam Betten/Arlynn Godinez

In this session, participants will be provided with an overview of the shifts for both English Language Arts and Literacy as well as Mathematics. The Mathematical Practices and Literacy Practices will also be addressed through the lens of classroom observation and evidence. Participants will leave the session understanding the shifts associated with Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards along with practical tools and resources that might assist in identifying these shifts in practice.

Recruiting the Teachers Arizona Needs – A PANEL DISCUSSION – Jennifer Gresko/Debra Zurcher/Eva St. Arnauld/Julianne Brett/Connie Pangrazi/Jenna Kahl

Effective recruitment strategies are an essential ingredient needed to ensure a quality teacher in every classroom. “Grow your own” programs, ongoing collaboration with higher education, high profile outreach programs and the formation of regional consortiums represent recruitment strategies worth exploring in detail. This breakout session will provide an opportunity to learn more about what you might do in your school or district.

Building Effective Professional Development – Andrew Ward

Effective professional development is job-embedded, on-going, focused, relevant and affordable. Your strategic plan for professional development could include local, regional and state resources. This session will highlight regional and state-level resources that are available to your school or district.

The Survey Component in a Teacher Evaluation Process – Steve Larson

Survey data can be an integral part of teacher and principal evaluations. This session will investigate through individual reflection, along with small and large group interaction, the positive impacts of and possible hurdles to including them in educator evaluations.
In the ADE Teacher and Principal Evaluation Models, survey data accounts for 17% of the evaluation outcome. The survey component is comprised of student, parent, and teacher surveys, a peer review, and teacher self-reflection. The results of the survey data are intended to inform professional development recommendations for each teacher.
At the end of the session participants will understand the power of survey information and its impact on strong and effective teaching and student learning. PowerPoint
Developing Effective Partnerships to Support Local Education – Beth Driscoll

Educational partnerships between public school and institutions of higher education provide a powerful means of enhancing achievement and cultivating college cultures; all the meanwhile addressing the recruitment and retention of educators. The foundation of successful partnerships is built on trust, a shared vision, communication, explicit assessment and accountability.

 

Optional Reflection Time – 4:15 pm to 4:45 pm