Tuesday, November 19

Tuesday Sessions At a Glance

Handout:  PowerPoint

Federal Program Directors’ Session 8:30 am – 9:45 pm

Breakout Sessions 8:30 am – 9:45 am

Federal Programs’ Directors Meeting  +
★ Nancy Konitzer, Deputy Associate Superintendent of Title I and Consolidated Activities, ADE
★ Title I Program Specialists
Session Location: Mohave East and West
Session Description
During the session attendees will be provided an update of the issues affecting Federal programs, including funding forecasts, changes in program regulations and guidance, program effectiveness initiatives, and status of the ESEA Flexibility request.

Presenter Information
Nancy Konitzer is currently the Deputy Associate Superintendent for Title I and ESEA Consolidated Activities at the Arizona Department of Education. She is a former teacher and school administrator. Nancy currently is serving on the National Title I Association Board of Directors.
Handout:  PowerPoint

Innovative Ways to Increase Your Academic Achievement   +
♦ Keri Schoeff, Physical Education Coordinator, ADE
Session Location: Aztec A
Session Description
Improving academic achievement and attendance rates are always viable concerns for schools. National studies have shown that increasing the amount of daily physical activity that students receive directly addresses and improves those rates. Come learn how schools across the country and across Arizona increase their revenue by reducing student absenteeism and improving academic achievement as a result of improving their healthy school environment.

Presenter Information
Keri Schoeff is the Physical Education Coordinator at ADE. Keri is a nationally respected leader in the field who is dedicated to improving the healthy school environment for schools across Arizona.
Handouts:  PowerPoint  |  Youth Physical Activity: The Role of Schools  |  Physical Activity Guidelines

Meeting Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards with ADE’s Excellence in Civic Engagement program  +
♦ John Balentine, Director of Excellence in Civic Engagement / Rigorous Program of Study, ADE
Session Location: Aztec B
Session Description
Our schools are the best avenue in ensuring that our students are informed, active and responsible citizens. Yet, unfortunately, civic learning has been pushed to the sidelines. Come see how the Arizona Department of Education is moving civic learning from the sidelines to the frontlines with its innovative Excellence in Civic Engagement Program.

Presenter Information
John Balentine has worked 25 years for not-for-profit and for-profit education organizations. He is currently the Manager of the Excellence in Civic Engagement Program and the Rigorous Program of Study for the Arizona Department of Education. John also served as Project Director of the APIP grant and AP test fee program, Director of Dropout Prevention and Director of Social Studies for ADE. Prior to his arrival at ADE, he served as a K-12 Manager for the College Board, Secondary Educational Representative for Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company and taught juniors and seniors at Barry Goldwater High School.
Resource:  Excellence in Civic Engagement Website

Strategies & Services for Refugee, Migrant and Homeless Students with Interrupted Education   +
♦ Frank Migali, State Coordinator for Homeless & Refugee Education, ADE
♦ Mary Frances Haluska, State Migrant ID&R Coordinator, ADE
♦ Violetta Lopez, Refugee School Coordinator, International Rescue Committee

Session Location: Aztec C
Session Description
This session will focus on effective strategies schools use to enhance the educational success of Refugee, Migrant and Homeless students with interrupted education. The session will provide in-depth background information on these students – who are they and ways schools are supporting these students at beating the odds.

Presenter Information
Frank Migali
has been with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) since the fall of 2003 and currently serves as the State Coordinator for Homeless and Refugee Education. During his time at ADE he has worked extensively with many special populations including, Indian education, Migrant education, Gifted education, Refugee Education and McKinney-Vento Homeless education. Frank serves as an appointed member of the Governors Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers and serves as Treasurer to the Board of Directors for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) Frank has Masters Degree in Business Administration from Western International University and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.
Handout:  PowerPoint

“Hands On 21st Century Learning”
♦ Alexis Christensen, M.Ed., Vice President of Educational Partnerships, ImmediaEDU
♦ Benjamin Harrison, Technology Integration Specialist, Rancho Solano

Session Location:  Kivas – Computer Lab
Session Description
21st century learning is quickly turning into a “buzz” term, but what does it mean exactly? Much more than just getting “devices” in student’s hands, 21stcentury learning focuses on the combination of tools and pedagogy needed for tomorrow’s workforce. Often times classrooms and districts are left with more questions than answers while attempting a technology transition. What are students supposed to be doing? What tools should teachers be using? At the administrative level, what do we do?

Presenter Information
Alexis Christensen is passionate about using technology to drive student achievement and is a trusted partner of some of the leading educators in Arizona. She is committed to improving teaching through the synergy of Technology and Pedagogy and developing future leaders in education.

Breakout Sessions 10:00 am – 11:15 am

“Be Prepared” – Cycle 4 On-site Monitoring  +
♦ Bobbie Orlando, ESEA Monitoring Manager, ADE
♦ Tee Lambert, ESEA Monitoring Coordinator, ADE

Session Location: Mohave East
Session Description
Pam Burkhardt, Creighton Elementary School District, Sally Moore , Kaizen Education Foundation, and Jennifer Szatkowski, Kyrene Elementary School District will comprise a panel to discuss the process for organizing and preparing for a Cycle 4 On-Site Monitoring visit. They will share helpful hints and ideas for ensuring a smooth and successful monitoring visit.

Presenter Information
Bobbie Orlando
has extensive experience in monitoring for compliance with federal requirements. She is currently the Monitoring Manager for NCLB programs at the Arizona Department of Education. In addition she coordinated monitoring activities for the Exceptional Student Services Section for five years. She has worked as a preschool teacher and as part of the administrative team in the Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities in District V where she coordinated accreditation activities for the Arizona Training Program at Coolidge.
Handouts:  |  Tips for New Directors  |  Sample Evidence Notebook for Monitoring

School in Academic Crisis . . . Strategies for Turnaround  +
♦ Debbie Yarbrough, Principal, Imagine Camelback
♦ Freddie Villalon, Principal, Imagine Imperial Valley

Session Location: Mohave West
Session Description
Transparent data driven discussions, along with job-embedded professional development with a mindset that every child can learn turned around Imagine Camelback from failing our children to in 2013 being an A school as measured by ADE.

Presenter Information
Debbie Yarbrough, Principal, within public and charter for over 16 years.
Freddie Villalon, Turnaround Principal, within public and charter schools for over 26 years.
Handout:  PowerPoint

Spotlight on Innovation – Personalization of Student Learning Utilizing a Blended Learning Approach
♦ Annie Gilbert, Director of Innovative Learning, ADE
♦ Stephanie Bulgrin, Innovative Learning Program Specialist, ADE

Session Location: Aztec A
Session Description
Blended Learning – Definition, models and examples of rich blended learning examples in Arizona. Learn how the inaugural “Spotlight on Innovation” school implemented a blended learning approach and integrated it with all aspects of the student experience with significant evidence of success.

Presenter Information
Annie Gilbert
has led the Department’s Innovative Learning Division for over two years and has initiated “Spotlight on Innovation” to promote innovative Arizona schools and create a collaborative network across Arizona.
Handouts:  Digital Curriculum Evaluation Rubric   |  Rubric Descriptions

A Story of Success: How One School Beat the Odds
♦ Whitney Phillips, Research Associate, ADE
♦ Alexa Astorga, Student, Shadow Mountain High School
♦ Debora Norris, Director of Indian Education, ADE
Session Location: Aztec B
Session Description
Year after year Native American test scores are significantly lower than those of other ethnicities. The majority of schools with a high density of Native American students have C or D state letter grades. I would like to focus on a school that is beating the odds. I would like to focus on a school with a high density of Native Americans that went from a D letter grade to a B in one year! I will be interviewing teachers, the principal and superintendent, as well as students and parents. I will share the results of this qualitative inquiry as a potential model for innovation in our schools.

Presenter Information
Whitney Phillips
is the lead researcher for ADE’s Indian Education. She is writing the 2013 Indian Education Annual Report.

Identifying and Intervening when Kids need it Most – The Jason Foundation Suicide Prevention Program   +
♦ Matthew Littlefield, Director of Education, Oasis Behavioral Health School
♦ Nichol Sheffield, Director of Development, Oasis Behavioral Health Hospital

Session Location: Aztec C
Session Description
Oasis is committed to the prevention and intervention of teen suicide. All too often we encounter youth who have become hopeless and feel lost and believe they have no other way out than to end their lives. Many of these children become clients of ours and are able to regain hope and believe in themselves. Others may never get help and struggle with depression or even end their lives. It is important that community members and people who work with children every day, are able to recognize the signs that a youth may be in trouble so that they may get help.

Presenter Information
The presenters are behavioral health workers at Oasis Behavioral Health Hospital, where they serve a highly at risk population. The kids who come to Oasis Behavioral Health are experiencing a crisis and need help. Both presenters have committed their live to working with at risk youth, and helping them improve their lives.
Handout:  PowerPoint

Data Action Project: Improvement of Student Outcomes
♦ Teresa Kirkman, Exceptional Students Services Program Specialist, ADE
♦ Ann Brusca, Exceptional Students Services Program Specialist, ADE
♦ Marge Rehberg, Exceptional Students Services Program Specialist, ADE
♦ Crystal Brooks, Exceptional Students Services Program Specialist, ADE

Session Location: Sachem East
Session Description
To improve student achievement, ADE/ESS and public schools collaborate as data action teams to identify achievement barriers, triangulate data, target effective actions, and develop a plan to improve student outcomes. This process is closing achievement gaps for students with disabilities in multiple districts throughout Arizona.

Presenter Information
ESS Program Support & Monitoring serves public agencies and families throughout Arizona. Specialists offer assistance and monitor special programs in districts and charters throughout the state.

21st Century Community Learning Center Afterschool – the Playground for Innovation  +
♦ Joseph Gutierrez, Principal, WF Killip Elementary School
♦ Jeronimo Vasquez, 21st CCLC Coordinator, WF Killip Elementary School
♦ Cindy Trejo, Director of 21st Century Community Learning Center, ADE

Session Location: Sachem West
Session Description
We hear the term “You can’t do it alone” but how do you build partnerships that further student achievement? Killip Elementary in Flagstaff has mastered the strategy to leverage grant funds and maximize partnerships for the benefit of their high need community. Participate in this inspiring session and hear how the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant became their playground for innovative programming.

Presenter Information
Joe Gutierrez
has led Killip out of School Improvement and is currently guiding Killip through the process of becoming a STEM Academy.
Handout:  PowerPoint

“Hands On 21st Century Learning” (Repeat Session)
♦ Alexis Christensen, M.Ed., Vice President of Educational Partnerships, ImmediaEDU
♦ Benjamin Harrison, Technology Integration Specialist, Rancho Solano

Session Location:  Kivas – Computer Lab
Session Description
21st century learning is quickly turning into a “buzz” term, but what does it mean exactly? Much more than just getting “devices” in student’s hands, 21stcentury learning focuses on the combination of tools and pedagogy needed for tomorrow’s workforce. Often times classrooms and districts are left with more questions than answers while attempting a technology transition. What are students supposed to be doing? What tools should teachers be using? At the administrative level, what do we do?

Presenter Information
Alexis Christensen
is passionate about using technology to drive student achievement and is a trusted partner of some of the leading educators in Arizona. She is committed to improving teaching through the synergy of Technology and Pedagogy and developing future leaders in education.

The Bottom 25%: Who was in it? Who could be in it?
♦ Dr. Yovhane Metcalfe, Director of Accountability, ADE
Session Location:  Arizona Room
Session Description
Presenter will discuss the process used by ADE Research & Evaluation to identify the Bottom 25% subgroup and how those steps might be used by schools and LEA’s to target interventions to these students.

Presenter Information
Dr. Yovhane Metcalfe, is the Director of Accountability at Arizona Department of Education with a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Evaluation.

Breakout Sessions 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

English Language Proficiency Standards and College and Career Standards: What’s the Connection?   +
♦ Tammara Ragsdale, Director of Professional Development/OELAS, ADE
♦ Andrea Grabow, OELAS Program Specialist, ADE

Session Location: Mohave East
Session Description
In this session, the Office of English Language Acquisition Services (OELAS) will identify and explain the connections between English Language Proficiency Standards and College and Career Standards. Participants will understand that new standards also call for an increased emphasis of instructional shifts in SEI Classrooms. OELAS will demonstrate how an increased emphasis of instructional shifts is necessary in SEI classrooms

Presenter Information
Tammara Ragsdale
is the Director of Professional Development in the Office of English Language Acquisition Services at ADE. She supports districts by conducting trainings and providing a variety of technical assistance to districts related to ELL programs. She has taught in the elementary and middle school in addition to college level working with adult English language learners. Her administrative work includes Director of Curriculum/Federal Programs and Title III Consortium Specialist.
Handout:  PowerPoint

Equalizing the Playing Field: Building Systemic Strategies for Kindergarten Transition   +
♦ Sylvia A. Johnson, Director of Educational Enrichment, Flagstaff Unified School District
♦ Kathy Brown, Retired Administrator, Flagstaff Unified School District

Session Location: Mohave West
Session Description
Participants will receive all the tools they need in this interactive session to build strong partnerships for early learning success, including development of a community-wide Kindergarten Transition Plan and a summer pre-kindergarten program that provides academic, social and emotional experiences to build excitement for and success in kindergarten.

Presenter Information
Sylvia A. Johnson has served in Flagstaff USD for 26 years, overseeing federal, state and local projects focused on under-served populations.
Kathy Brown is an educator and early childhood specialist who retired from Flagstaff USD after 32 years. Both women actively participate in several early childhood groups in their community.
Handout:  PowerPoint

The Result of an After School Program that uses Various Funding Sources to Increase Academic Achievement
♦ Lizzie Z. Menefee, Reading Teacher, Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District
♦ Manuel Carrillo, Reading Teacher, Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District
♦ Mimi Renteria, Reading Teacher, Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District

Session Location: Aztec A
Session Description
Do after school programs make a difference? Come and see! We want to share the results of our 1st year of implementation and our lessons learned. We can give teachers & administrators a good idea on how to start and the mistakes we made. As we finished our 1st year of implementation, we shared our data with all stakeholders in the program. This information gave us a clear view of what changes we needed to make. At the end of this presentation, you will get ideas of how to get staff interested in the program and ways of making sure the curriculum continues to be taught and reinforced during the after school program.

Presenter Information
Lizzie Z. Menefee is a Kindergarten teacher at Mountain View Elementary. She has a MA in Bilingual Education and an MA in Educational Leadership. During her 25 yrs. Of teaching experience she has held many leadership roles at difference school sites. She is well trained in servicing second language learners and their families. She has years of experience in Even Start/Family Literacy Programs. She has a clear vision on providing the best opportunity for every child.

A Districtwide Approach to PARCC Preparation  +
♦ Bruce Goode, Technology Integration Coordinator, Whiteriver Unified School District
♦ Tech Ready Team, Whiteriver Unified School District

Session Location:  Aztec B
Session Description
The Tech Ready Grant at Whiteriver USD #20 is taking a unique approach to preparing students for the PARCC assessment. To give purpose and direction to the introduction of mobile technology, STEM units and Project-based learning are now driving training and instruction so that students are PARCC ready. Find out more at https://sites.google.com/site/trtmegaconference/home.

Presenter Information
Bruce Goode
, has a Masters in Ed Technology and has been working as the Technology Integration Coordinator for WUSD for the past 4 years. During the past 20+ years in Whiteriver he has taught High School English, Junior High Social Studies, and Computers at the Elementary level.
Handouts:  PowerPoint 

The Secret of Entering Continuous Improvement Plans in ALEAT  +
♦ Tee Lambert, ALEAT Help Desk, ADE
♦ Title I Specialists

Session Location: Aztec C
Session Description
The Session will help guide ALEAT users through the Continuous Improvement Plan Template to input their LEA plan into ALEAT. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own computers if they would like to follow along. Title I Specialists will be available during this session for one-on-one technical assistance.

Presenter Information
Tee Lambert
has been with the Title I Unit of the Arizona Department of Education for 10 years. Tee has worked with ALEAT from its inception in 2007 and mans the ALEAT Help Desk. Tee is the ESEA Monitoring Coordinator, and works with the Arizona Committee of Practitioners as their clerk.
Handouts:  Plan Template to Enter your CIP   |  Standards for Effective LEAs and CIPs   |  Moving Retired 2013 CIP Goals into the new 2014 CIP

Effectively Evaluating Professional Development Implementation  +
♦ Oran Tkatchov, CSPD Director of Professional Development, ADE
Session Location: Sachem East
Session Description
Professional development consumes time and money. How can we tell if it is really making a difference? In this session, participants will learn five levels of professional development evaluation and how these evaluation tools can be added to current and future professional development initiatives.

Presenter Information
Oran Tkatchov, M.Ed. is the CSPD Director of Professional Development for the Arizona Department of Education. A former teacher, principal, and author, he has spent the last eight years creating professional develop in school improvement, best practices, and special education.
Handouts:  PowerPoint  |  PD Worksheet.docx

A Developmental Approach to Psychosocial Skills Training  +
♦ Rena Subotnik, Director, APA Center for Psychology in Schools and Education
Session Location: Sachem West
Session Description
Lessons from the Worlds of Music and Sport, is derived from studies conducted by sport psychologists and research conducted by the presenter at music conservatories and with secondary school students.

Presenter Information
Rena F. Subotnik
is the Director of the Center for Psychology in Schools and Education at the American Psychological Association. Her recent publications reflect her scholarship on applications of psychological science to gifted education, talent development in specific domains, and psychological strength training for children and youth.
Handouts:  PowerPoint   |  Counseling Issue Chart

The True Story of Tech Plans, E-Rate and ALEAT!
♦ Cathy Poplin, Deputy Associate Superintendent of Ed Tech, ADE
Session Location: Kivas – Computer Lab
Session Description
Confused about doing your Tech Plan for E-Rate Priority 2 and obtaining a Tech Plan approval letter? This session will explain the process of having your LEAs Tech Plan approved by the Arizona Department of Education. Don’t miss it.

Presenter Information
Cathy Poplin is the Deputy Associate Superintendent for Educational Technology at the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). She oversees: IDEAL, 2009 Ed Tech Standards, E-Rate Tech Plan Approval, Intel® Teach Affiliate. She is a frequent local, state and national presenter.

Arizona Framework for Measuring Educator Effectiveness: AZ’s Optional Model and State/Federal Policy Implications for Teacher/Principal Evaluation  +
♦ Karen Butterfield, Ed.D., Associate Superintendent, Highly Effective Teachers & Leaders, ADE
♦ Todd Petersen, Deputy Associate Superintendent, Highly Effective Teachers & Leaders, ADE
Session Location: Arizona Room
Session Description
ADE managed changing the state’s optional model of teacher evaluation based upon several factors:
          1) amendments made to state law and hence, changes made to the State Board of Education’s adopted Framework;
          2) implications on educator evaluation due to the ESEA waiver;
          3) recommendations to make changes to the state’s optional model based upon the WestEd/REL report from year one of implementation.

Presenter Information
Dr. Karen Butterfield is Associate Superintendent of the Department’s Highly Effective Teachers & Leaders, and oversees the state’s work in teacher/principal evaluation, including the state’s optional model which was piloted in 2011-12. Her responsibilities also include oversight of Title IIA, state certification, teacher/administrative program approvals, the AZCSP federal charter startup program, Education & Career Action Plans. In 1993, Dr. Butterfield was honored as Arizona’s Teacher of the Year and has been with ADE since 2003.
Handout:  PowerPoint

Breakout Sessions 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

What’s New with RTI-MTSS in Arizona
♦ Mary Wennersten, Director k-3 Literacy, ADE
♦ Melissa DeVries, Director State Initiatives, ADE
♦ Celeste Nameth, CSPD Program Specialist, ADE

Session Location: Mohave East
Session Description
Where is Arizona RTI-MTSS? RTI-MTSS is alive and well in Arizona. Participants will learn how RTI-MTSS is being implemented to support all learners both academically and behaviorally.

Presenter Information
Mary Wennersten, M.Ed. is the Director of K-3 Literacy for the Arizona Department of Education with 27 years in public education. Mary has spent the last 10 years providing both technical assistance and professional development to administrators, teachers and paraprofessionals in the areas of assessment, literacy instruction and intervention, data analysis, coaching and instructional leadership.

Kindergarten Transition
♦ Lauren Preston, Early Childhood Education Program Specialist, ADE
Session Location: Mohave West
Session Description
Transition to Kindergarten is a year- long process. It does not start in January or February when elementary schools begin to offer Kindergarten Round-up or begin the registration process for children. The year before kindergarten is the ideal time for teachers to partner with parents to think about children’s strengths and challenges in order to help prepare children for their Kindergarten school year. Pre- K teachers must ask: Are we doing everything we can to ensure: Children are prepared for kindergarten? Kindergarten teachers and schools are prepared for the children they will receive? Parents are prepared to participate in the process? Participants in this training will: Reflect on their current kindergarten transition process, Define their role in the transition process, Identify barriers to the transition process and generate possible solutions, and develop a kindergarten transition timeline.

Presenter Information
Lauren Preston currently works as a Program Specialist and Professional Development Coordinator in the Early Childhood division. Her background includes teaching preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. Her research interests include the Arizona Early Learning Standards and College and Career Ready Standards, with a special focus on the Social Emotional standard and development in the preschool and kindergarten years.

Developing a Schoolwide Program  +
♦ Terry Strayhand, Title I Program Specialist, ADE
Session Location: Aztec A
Session Description
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.

Presenter Information
Terry Strayhand, M.S, 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.
Handout:  PowerPoint

STEM Discovery Learning Camp for K-8
♦ Peggy Weber, Owner of Arizona School Transformation Group
♦ Suzanne Kaplan, Ph.D., Curriculum & Professional Development Consultant, Arizona School Transformation Group
♦ Brian Patrick, Programs Director, Whiteriver Unified School District

Session Location:  Aztec B
Session Description
Discovery Learning Camp (DLC) summer program was designed to integrate reading, writing, vocabulary, mathematics, technology, art, music, and movement into a standards-based experiential science curriculum for students in grades K-6. Junior high students engaged in building and programming Parallax robots and producing digital stories. The purpose of the DLC was two-fold: to provide high quality job-embedded professional development; and to provide a summer learning experience for students that was collaborative, experiential, and STEM focused. Historically rated a D, the district now carries a C label indicating an upward trend.

Presenter Information
Peggy Weber
, is the owner of Arizona School Transformation Group, former K-5 principal, Federal Programs Director, Title 1 Program Facilitator, and elementary classroom teacher.
Suzanne Kaplan, Ph.D, NBCT, is currently a curriculum and professional development consultant with Arizona School Transformation Group and adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, former Title 1 Program Facilitator, instructional coach, & mathematics classroom teacher

Arizona’s College and Career Readiness Standards (aka Common Core) and the Arts  +
♦ Lynn Tuttle, Director of Arts Education, ADE
Session Location: Aztec C
Session Description
How do arts educators connect with Arizona’s new ELA and Mathematics standards? Learn how arts educators can and do make connections with and support the instructional shifts found in math and reading – just in their own artistic ways!

Presenter Information
Lynn Tuttle’s duties at the ADE include acting as a liaison to the state’s arts educators; providing professional development in arts education, Arizona’s Academic Arts Standards and arts assessment; and promoting quality arts education programs in Arizona’s schools.
Handout:  PowerPoint

IEP and the Arizona Standards  +
♦ Sandra Laine, ESS-CSPD Program Specialist, ADE
♦ Audra Ahumada, Director of Alternate Assessment, ADE
♦ Linda Mosteller, ESS-CSPD Program Specialist, ADE

Session Location: Sachem East
Session Description
This session will discuss the impact the transition to the new standards will have on writing IEP goals, as well as their impact on the alternate assessment. Additionally, the importance of collaboration between all service providers will be presented and discussed.

Presenter Information
Sandra Laine, Ed.D. serves as a Program Specialist in the Exceptional Student Services division of the ADE. Sandra has had experience as both a special education and general education teacher, Teacher-On-Special-Assignment for Special Services, Literacy Coach and school administrator.
Handout:  PowerPoint

Afterschool as a Powerful Resource for School Improvement  +
♦ Shannon Bonnette, Principal, Richard E. Miller Elementary School, Washington Elementary SD
♦ Cindy Trejo, Director of 21st Century Community Learning Center, ADE
♦ Tedd Scott, 21st Century Program Coordinator, Richard E. Miller Elementary School

Session Location: Sachem West
Session Description
Through leveraging funds and strategic focus, the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant was instrumental in helping RE Miller move from a D school to a B school. Come and hear from leadership how effective afterschool programming lead to student achievement growth and how you can utilize those strategies at your school.

Presenter Information
Shannon Bonnette has been the Principal of Richard E. Miller for the past two year. Mrs. Bonnette taught in the Washington Elementary School District for 17 years before becoming an Assistant Principal. She served as Assistant Principal for one year before coming to Richard E. Miller. Ted Scott, Project Potential Teacher/21st Century Program Coordinator has also been at REM for the past two years. He has been teaching since 2000 in a variety of capacities, both public and private.
Handout:  PowerPoint

Speak Up 2013 – A Data Set to Guide Decision Making
♦ Cathy Poplin, Deputy Associate Superintendent of Ed Tech, ADE
Session Location: Kivas – Computer Lab
Session Description
Come and learn how your teachers, parents and students can participate in a national survey! District data comes directly to you and can be used in a variety of ways. Survey topics include: Learning & Teaching with Technology, Internet Safety, Ed Tech Funding, Online Assessments and much more!

Presenter Information
Cathy Poplin is the Deputy Associate Superintendent for Educational Technology at the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). She oversees: IDEAL, 2009 Ed Tech Standards, E-Rate Tech Plan Approval, Intel® Teach Affiliate. She is a frequent local, state and national presenter.

Digital Horizons in Education   +
♦ Marilyn Gardner, Titles I and II Education Specialist, ADE
♦ Joan Curtis, Title I Education Specialist, ADE

Session Location:  Arizona Room
Session Description
This session will address highly qualified staffing and curriculum requirements in a Title I school and Title I program. Specific topics will include the appropriate use of digital curriculum and on-line classes.

Presenter Information
Joan Curtis, M.Ed.
has been an educator for over 20 years. She has taught Middle and High School Spanish and English Language Learner classes for both adults and teens. Currently, she is a Title I Specialist and the Choice Coordinator for ADE. Over the past eight years at ADE, Joan has worked in Title I and Migrant Education Programs.
Marilyn Gardner received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University in 1987 and has been working as a teacher and grantsman for the past 25 years. For the last 13 years her work has focused on the K-12th grade educational arena in Arizona, including previous experience as the Director of State and Federal Programs with an elementary school district.
Handouts:  PowerPoint  |   Guiding Questions.docx  |  Poverty Measures.docx |  Guidelines to Determine Eligble Students

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