Thursday, November 19

Continental Breakfast & Closing Remarks 8:00 – 8:30 Click here for larger image.

Business Managers Strand 8:45 – 11:30

Business Managers Strand – Effective Management of Your Federal Programs     + Handouts Available
* ADE Title I Unit, Salon A & B
This session will cover the process by which schools and LEAs can successfully use federal funds. Effective management requires a thorough understanding of both pre-award and post-award requirements. Key topics include eligibility for funds, preparing and managing data and program information, basic financial management techniques, application of specific program regulations and guidance to determine allowability of uses of funds and program design, reporting, and evaluation of progress in meeting performance goals.

Presenter(s):
♦ Nancy Konitzer, Title I Deputy Associate Superintendent, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Title I Specialists, Arizona Department of Education

Handouts: Effectively Managing Federal Grants | Organize Your Data

1st Morning Sessions 8:45 – 10:00

ALEAT Help Desk  
* Tee Lambert, Executive Boardroom
This session will provide ALEAT users an opportunities to gain assistance as they work on their Continuous Improvement Plan and submitting Monitoring Instruments. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own computers. Title I Specialists will be available during this session for one-on-one technical assistance.

Presenter(s):
♦ Tee Lambert, ALEAT Help Desk, Arizona Department of Education

Are You Ready to go Schoolwide?  
* Terry Strayhand, Executive Boardroom
Schools with Title I Targeted Assisted programs provide interventions solely for those students identified as most academically at-risk. Schools looking to transition to a Schoolwide program must plan for Comprehensive Schoolwide reform. As part of this transition, schools must review their entire academic program and research which Schoolwide reform model would best serve the needs of all the students in the school. Required components for program development will be reviewed.

Presenter(s):
♦ Terry Strayhand, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

Terry Strayhand was a teacher and administrator in the areas of special education and early childhood. Currently, she is an Education Specialist and Coordinator for New Title I Charter Schools at the Arizona Department of Education, where she works with school districts and charter schools regarding Title I and Schoolwide programs.

The AzMERIT Writing Rubrics  
* Brad Vasil, Catalina Ballroom
This presentation is designed to give participants an in-depth look at the AzMERIT Writing Task. Participants will learn how to interpret the rubric for AzMERIT. Participants will also learn how the AzMERIT Writing Task works.

Presenter(s):
♦ Brad Vasil, ELA Assessment Coordinator, Arizona Department of Education

Brad Vasil is the Coordinator of ELA Assessment for the Arizona Department of Education. Before joining ADE Brad was an English teacher for nine years.

High Risk Schools Procedures, Process and Questions   + Handouts Available
* Gary Fortney, The Rincon
This workshop will review the high risk procedures and process including expectations of LEAs.

Presenter(s):
♦ Gary Fortney, Education Program Director, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Angela Conner, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Jill Jeanes, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Stacey McAndrew, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Chelsea Inmon, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Josh Cruz, Title I Support and Data Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Tim Dendy, Operations Manager, Arizona Department of Education

Gary Fortney is a Title I Education Program Director at the ADE. He has worked at ADE for ten years. Previous experience includes administering charter and Christian schools.

Handouts: PowerPoint | FY16 Reimbursement Sample

Invite, Invest, Unleash: Engaging Families  
* Suzanne Hofmann, Salon C
An educational leader has the greatest impact on a school’s vision and mission. These leaders ensure that teachers are empowered with the tools they need to invest in school-wide practices. They have a unique vantage point as they leverage the strength of their school-wide collaborative teams to support our most disadvantaged students. This investment in site leadership and collaborative teams is a proven strategy to provide enriching experiences through the vehicle of family support. In this session, participants will learn tools and strategies to develop leadership teams across the campus with a focus on disadvantaged students and family involvement.

Presenter(s):
♦ Suzanne Hofmann, REIL-TNG Field Specialist, Maricopa County Education Service Agency
♦ Rebecca Willey, REIL-TNG Field Specialist, Maricopa County Education Service Agency

Suzanne Hofmann is a passionate leader in education that has served in multiple roles for twenty-five years. She is passionate about designing learning experiences that are based upon the unique needs of the group. Her approach is grounded in research based best practices while keeping an eye on achieved results.

Rebecca Willey is an experienced classroom teacher, instructional coach, and district leader. She brings her classroom experiences to consulting, coaching and professional development. She currently serves as a Field Specialist with Maricopa County Education Service Agency.

Transforming and Accelerating STEM/STEAM Education with Real World Virtual Reality Technology Created for Education  
+ Handouts Available
* Josh Leitz, Computer Lab
With a background in business and education, and experience in both Montessori and urban charter school environments, Josh brings a rich blend of excitement and understanding in technology and instruction to best meet each student’s needs.

Presenter(s):
♦ Josh Leitz, Regional Director, Backbone Communications

Josh Leitz has a background in business and education, and experience in both Montessori and urban charter school environments, Josh brings a rich blend of excitement and understanding in technology and instruction to best meet each student’s needs.

Handouts: SMART Goal-Setting Worksheet | Assumptions Checklist | zSpace | zSpace Scope and Sequence | zSpace Sample Lesson Plans

2nd Morning Sessions 10:15 – 11:30

Business Managers Strand – Effective Management of Your Federal Programs Continued  
* ADE Title I Unit, Salon A & B
This session will cover the process by which schools and LEAs can successfully use federal funds. Effective management requires a thorough understanding of both pre-award and post-award requirements. Key topics include eligibility for funds, preparing and managing data and program information, basic financial management techniques, application of specific program regulations and guidance to determine allowability of uses of funds and program design, reporting, and evaluation of progress in meeting performance goals.

Presenter(s):
♦ Nancy Konitzer, Title I Deputy Associate Superintendent, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Title I Specialists, Arizona Department of Education

Completion Reports   + Handout Available
* Gary Fortney, Catalina Ballroom
This workshop will review ESEA Completion Reports including what needs to be included and areas that seem to cause the most non-approvals.

Presenter(s):
♦ Gary Fortney, Education Program Director, Arizona Department of Education

Gary Fortney is a Title I Education Program Director at the ADE. He has worked at ADE for ten years. Previous experience includes administering charter and Christian schools.

Handout: PowerPoint

Computer-Based Testing for All Learners   + Handout Available
* Margaret Bowerman, Salon C
Learn about strategies and tools that support all students as they demonstrate what they know and can do on formative and summative computer-based tests. Special focus will be placed on learning the appropriate use of the tools, testing conditions, and accommodations for AzMERIT.

Presenter(s):
♦ Margaret Bowerman, Achievement Assessment Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

Margaret Bowerman is the Achievement Assessment Specialist at ADE for AzMERIT assisting districts with test administration. She taught for thirty-four years in the Kyrene School District before joining the Arizona Department of Education and was an instructional designer for online courses.

Handout: PowerPoint

Formative Assessment in the Special Areas   + Handouts Available
* Laura Harnish, The Rincon
Are you working on curriculum and assessment for the new state standards in fine arts and PE? The session will begin with understanding the challenges and opportunities related to balanced assessment in special areas as compared to core subject areas. Attention will be given to sample performance assessments and best practices in monitoring students to inform practice. The session will conclude with the opportunity to devise a draft of a balanced and practical formative assessment plan for a special area course or subject, at either the classroom, school or district level.

Presenter(s):
♦ Laura Harnish, Administrator for Assessments, Maricopa County Education Service Agency

Laura Harnish, as the Administrator for Assessment at MCESA, has spearheaded projects for the development and delivery of assessments on typically non-tested subject areas as well as leading groups of leaders and teachers in the use of data and assessments to inform and improve instruction.

Handouts: PowerPoint | Assessment Worksheet

Identifying and Developing Talent and Potential in All Learners  
* Peter Laing, Executive Boardroom
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 (particularly with those students who are culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse) through using classroom-embedded practical, challenging and engaging instructional strategies that provide opportunities for all students to think critically, creatively, and problem solve (higher-order thinking skills). Practical ideas for implementing and supporting program and services models within K-12 schools will be shared and discussed.

Presenter(s):
♦ Peter Laing, Senior Director Gifted Education & Advanced Placement Programs, Arizona Department of Education

Peter Laing serves as Senior Director for Gifted Education & Advanced Placement Programs for ADE, and focuses on designing systems to equitably identify and develop talent and potential in all learners – particularly culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse learners.

National Title I Distinguished School Award Winner  
* Bill Hazell, The Sabino
McClintock High School has made tremendous strides to narrow the gap between those students who are below grade level and their peers. Through remediation, smaller class sizes, and best practices, McClintock has been able to keep students on pace with their current grade-level curriculum while strengthening the basic skills necessary for prolonged success. That success is a result of the collaborative efforts of our guidance counselors, teachers, parents, and district office. By seeking input from all stakeholders, McClintock High School has enjoyed a great deal of success from a broad spectrum of their student body.

Presenter(s):
♦ Bill Hazell, Assistant Principal, McClintock High School

Bill Hazell is the Assistant Principal for Academics at McClintock High School in Tempe. He also served as the Title I Coordinator for McClintock for the past two years. Prior to his administrative position, Mr. Hazell taught mathematics.

Transforming and Accelerating STEM/STEAM Education with Real World Virtual Reality Technology Created for Education  
+ Handouts Available
* Josh Leitz, Computer Lab
With a background in business and education, and experience in both Montessori and urban charter school environments, Josh brings a rich blend of excitement and understanding in technology and instruction to best meet each student’s needs.

Presenter(s):
♦ Josh Leitz, Regional Director, Backbone Communications

Josh Leitz has a background in business and education, and experience in both Montessori and urban charter school environments, Josh brings a rich blend of excitement and understanding in technology and instruction to best meet each student’s needs.

Handouts: SMART Goal-Setting Worksheet | Assumptions Checklist | zSpace | zSpace Scope and Sequence | zSpace Sample Lesson Plans

Box Lunch to Go