Tuesday, November 17

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

1st Morning Sessions 8:45 – 10:00

Comparability   + Handouts Available
* Stephanie Washington, Salon C
This session will assist LEAs in the process of Comparability, where to submit the Assurance of Comparability and completing the Comparability Instrument found in ALEAT.

Presenter(s):
♦ Stephanie Washington, Educational Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

Stephanie Washington holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership earned from Northern Arizona University. She has been with the Arizona Department of Education since 2011 where she manages such programs as Comparability, Maintenance of Effort, Teacher Loan Forgiveness, State Tutoring, and National Title I Distinguished Award, as well as many others.

Handouts: PowerPoint | Non Regulatory Guidance | Comparability Exemption Procedures.doc | AZ Comparability Handbook | About Calculating Comparability.docx | Comparability Worksheet.xlsx | Comparability Website

Educators Rising: The Future of Education in Arizona  
* Rachael Mann, Salon J
Since over 60% of teachers teach within 20 miles of where they went to high school, every community as an interest in proactively recruiting and supporting the next generation of local educators. Ed Professions programs and it’s co-curricular component, Educators Rising cultivates highly skilled educators by guiding high school students on a path to becoming accomplished teachers. This program features hands-on opportunities to try out teaching, community involvement, and family engagement, while providing students with a virtual campus, micro-credentialing, post-secondary connections, and scholarship opportunities. Attend this session to hear how Educators Rising will benefit your school and community.

Presenter(s):
♦ Rachael Mann, Educators Rising State Director, Arizona Department of Education

Rachael Mann joined the Future Educators Association as Arizona’s state director in May 2014. A former high school Career and Technical Education teacher and hailing from a family of educators, Rachael Mann has 13 years of experience in the classroom. She is past president of the FACS Ed Board and is an advocate for public education. Rachael Mann’s vision is to see Ed Professions courses offered in every high school in Arizona in order to begin training tomorrow’s educators and leaders now. Originally from West Virginia, Mann holds a master’s degree in Education Leadership from Northern Arizona University and a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Secondary Education from Liberty University.

Embracing Disequilibrium: How to Motivate and Survive the Change Process   + Handouts Available
* Mark McCall, Salon K & L
In this session, participants will explore how leaders can successfully implement a systemic change and how to communicate effectively to assist their team with adjusting to the new processes. It’s also important to see how the change can affect others on the team. The session will also encourage participants to examine the impact of the change and how those affected can become an ally and advocate in helping the new processes move forward.

Presenter(s):
♦ Mark McCall, Deputy Associate Superintendent of Educator Excellence, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Dr. Janice Johnson, Program Manager, Maricopa County Education Service Agency

Mark McCall is the Deputy Associate Superintendent of Educator Excellence at the Arizona Department of Education. A native of Arizona, Mark has twenty years of experience in education, as well as an extensive understanding of state and federal legal systems and organizational management. He is certified as a Principal and a 6-12 Social Studies Teacher. Prior to his work at ADE, he served Arizona students and teachers as a middle school history/geography teacher and instructional coach, as a Field Specialist with Maricopa County and as a Regional Master Teacher and Associate Director with Arizona State University. Mark also volunteers as a member of the Law-Related Education faculty with the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education and has participated three times in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.

Dr. Janice Johnson is the Project Director of a US DOE TIF 4 grant at Maricopa County Education Service Agency. She has thirty-five years of experience in K-12 education where she has served as special education teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and CEO/Head of school for public and private school systems. A thought leader and organization systems thinker, Janice’s expertise includes navigating educators through the change process in order to develop and support highly effective schools filled to the brim with highly effective teachers, coaches, and leaders. You can reach Janice at [email protected].

Handouts: Leading, Managing, and Sustaining Change | The Gorilla Story | Embracing Change: Strategies to Navigate Choppy Waters

Golden Ticket Event   + Handouts Available
* ADE Title I Unit, Salon A & B
Your Golden Ticket will provide you access to all the secrets you need to know to meet ESEA Compliance and provide guidance on how to develop an effective Title I program at your schools. This will be an opportunity to meet your ADE Title I Specialist, and an opportunity to network with other new Federal Program Directors that are working on the same issues you are.

Topics that will be covered:
• ESEA Title I Process
• Allocations
• LEA and School Level Plans
• ALEAT
• Monitoring Instruments
• Grants Management
• Title II H.Q

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

Handouts: Title I Bootcamp PowerPoint | USFR Coding for Title II-A Expenditures.docx

Have Your Voice Heard! Refresh of ISTE Technology Standards for Students  
* Cathy Poplin, Coronado – Computer Lab
The world is changing, and so are the ISTE Standards! Join the Arizona Technology in Education Association (AzTEA) to share your perspective on what they should include. You will look at jobs of the future and drivers and implications of change. All perspectives are important and needed!

Presenter(s):
♦ Cathy Poplin, Executive Director, Arizona Technology in Education Association
♦ Nan Williams, Director, Alhambra Elementary School District

Cathy Poplin is AzTEA’s Executive Director and has been in Education for over 43 years from the university, school districts, to Arizona Department of Education.

Performance or Multiple Choice Assessments to Measure Student Growth?   Performing Arts Teachers Unite   + Handouts Available
* Virginia Stodola, The Rincon
Performing Arts Teachers, and other Group B teachers who use project or product based instruction, need avenues to shine in demonstrating their instructional expertise. In this age of using student growth data for teacher evaluation purposes, performance assessments and rubrics offer a more aligned evaluation process. Come hear how one group of dance teachers is changing the face of teacher evaluation in Arizona. Several dance teachers will provide insight into the creative process used and how they are implementing it in the classroom this year.

Presenter(s):
♦ Virginia Stodola, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Lynn Monson, Executive Assistant and Past President of the Arizona Dance Education Organization

Virginia Stodola is a member of the Effective Teachers and Leaders Unit within ADE. She provides guidance to LEAs and teachers regarding federal requirements for meeting Title I and Highly Qualified requirements. Working closely with the Certification team, the Effective Teachers and Leaders Unit is actively engaged in providing assistance to LEAs on effective recruitment and retention strategies.

Handouts: PowerPoint | Performance or Multiple Choice Exams Ticket out the Door.docx | SLO Master Data Graham Dance HS.docx

Identifying and Developing Talent and Potential: Moving Beyond Budget – Implementing and Supporting Program and Services Models on Limited Resources  
* Peter Laing, The Sabino
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 identify, develop and nurture talent and potential 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.

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.

SMART™ Board Session: Press that Easy Button! Using Compelling Tools to Enhance Your Existing Lessons  
* Dee Dickson, The Coronado, Computer Lab
SMART Boards, document cameras, student devices, clickers . . . oh my! So many devices, so little time. Join us to discover how to blend all these engaging tools with minimal effort creating a learning experience for students that they will appreciate!

Presenter(s):
♦ Dee Dickson, Education Consultant/Training Specialist, CCS Presentation Systems
♦ Lindsey Baker, Education Consultant/Training Specialist, CCS Presentation Systems

Dee Dickson, M.Ed. does curriculum Instruction & Technology Education Consulting. Dee is also a training specialist and an instructional technology coach at CCS Southwest – Tucson. Prior to joining CCS, Dee was an educator, technology integration specialist and instructional technology coordinator with a strong emphasis in SMART Board training and implementation. Her passion, focus, and experience has led her to research and practice relevant strategies helping teachers balance the numerous instructional technologies in the classroom to creating a dynamic, engaging student-centered environment.

2nd Morning Sessions 10:15 – 11:30

A Guide to the New World and Native Languages Standards and Certification Requirements  
* Tammy Waller, Salon J
Last May, the State Board of Education approved new World and Native Language Standards. The new standards describe what students should know and be able to do as they study and learn to communicate in languages other than their own. Full implementation of the standards will take place in the 2016-2017 school year. This session will focus on the changes in the standards, rationale for these changes, and resources for implementation. In addition to the change in standards, new certification changes will be addressed.

Presenter(s):
♦ Tammy Waller, Director of K-12 Social Studies and World Languages, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Maura Yildirim, Director of Rules and Procedures, Arizona Department of Education

Tammy Waller is the Director for K-12 Social Studies and World Languages. Prior taking this job, Tammy was a classroom teacher for 23 years in both public and charter schools in Arizona. She has been a local, state, and national trainer for various programs. She currently is a member of NCSSFL and the Arizona Foreign Language Association.

Maura Yildirim has over fourteen years of experience in the Arizona Department of Education, Certification Unit. In her current role as Director of Rules and Procedures, Maura oversees the development and implementation of Certification rule changes.

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

Community Eligibility Provision: Is this program a viable option for my school?   + Handout Available
* Cori Hensley, BS, Executive Board Room
Based on the program information and data analysis of selected districts participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), the audience will gain an understanding of how to utilize the tools and resources in place to determine if CEP is a good fit, both programmatically and financially, for their district.

Presenter(s):
♦ Cori Hensley, BS, School Nutrition Programs Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Jessica Gibbs, MPH School Nutrition Programs Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Nancy Konitzer, Title I DAS, Arizona Department of Education

Cori Hensley, BS, has worked for the Arizona Department of Education for over nine years as a Child Nutrition Programs specialist, and is the Community Eligibility Provision co-coordinator for the Arizona Department of Education, School Nutrition Programs and has collaboratively administered the Community Eligibility Provision program at the state level for Arizona since the program’s inception in 2014-2015.

Handout: PowerPoint

Drowning in Data? Strategies for Success   + Handouts Available
* Laura Harnish, The Rincon
Are you drowning in piles of reports and mountains of data? The session will help you to organize and approach your data to get the most usable information. Attention will be given to a process for data analysis, writing data questions, aligning data sources and reports to data questions, and preparing data for analysis. The session will also consider the purposes of different types of assessments and strategies for designing systems to collect the desired data at the time needed.

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 | Strategies for Success

Golden Ticket Event . . . continued   + Handouts Available
* ADE Title I Unit, Salon A & B
Your Golden Ticket will provide you access to all the secrets you need to know to meet ESEA Compliance and provide guidance on how to develop an effective Title I program at your schools. This will be an opportunity to meet your ADE Title I Specialist, and an opportunity to network with other new Federal Program Directors that are working on the same issues you are.

Topics that will be covered:
• ESEA Title I Process
• Allocations
• LEA and School Level Plans
• ALEAT
• Monitoring Instruments
• Grants Management
• Title II H.Q

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

Handouts: Title I Bootcamp PowerPoint | USFR Coding for Title II-A Expenditures.docx

How to Support Leadership for Rapid and Dramatic School Improvement!
Project ELEVATE! Arizona’s Turnaround Leadership Program   + Handouts Available
* Susan Poole, Salon C
Project ELEVATE! is a two year cohort program designed to educate and empower district leaders and principals to achieve the common purpose of sustaining highly effective schools. Project ELEVATE! is built around the four critical areas of Culture, Data Driven Instructions, Observation/ Feedback and Talent Management. Come and learn about tools such as District Readiness Assessments, Behavioral Event Interviews, Leadership Competencies, 90 Day Plans, Reflection Guides, and Implementation Rubrics along with resources like Leverage Leadership and Leading Change. Leadership not only matters, it is second only to teaching among school-related factors that impact student learning

Presenter(s):
♦ Susan Poole, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Scott Maxwell, AS&I Director, Arizona Department of Education

Susan Poole is currently an Education Program Specialist with the Arizona Department of Education. She works in the Accountability, Support and Innovation Unit and specializes in leadership development. Susan has 30 years of educational experience, twenty of those years as the proud principal of Kyrene Middle School in Tempe, Arizona. Susan has a deep love for educating children and a passion for school based leadership.

Handouts: Program Description.doc | Implementation Rubric.doc | 90-day plan.doc

Increasing Student Performance by Addressing the Whole Child  
* Miranda Graves, The Sabino
This session will provide resources and ways to improve student learning, create healthy school communities where children have the ability to grow cognitively and physically.

Presenter(s):
♦ Miranda Graves, Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Jason Gillette, Health Director, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Keri Schoeff, Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

Miranda Graves currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Arizona Department of Education Coordinated School Health Program. Miranda is a graduate of the University of Hawaii with a degree in Psychology. Miranda has diversified work experience working in both not-for-profit and corporate sectors across the United States. Miranda has over 15 years’ experience in program development and implementation, program infrastructure, coalition building and social marketing with a focus on health disparities and child development programs.

Math Fluency! Strategies for Success  
* Suzi Mast, Salon K & L
Math procedural fluency is critical for student success in all grade levels. This session will address the current fluency standards, the grade levels linked to these standards, and instructional strategies that can assist in developing mastery of math procedural fluency.

Presenter(s):
♦ Suzi Mast, Director K-12 Mathematics and Educational Technology Standards, Arizona Department of Education

Suzi Mast is the Director of K-12 Mathematics and Educational Technology Standards at the Arizona Department of Education.

SMART™ Board Session: Press that Easy Button! Using Compelling Tools to Enhance Your Existing Lessons  
* Dee Dickson, The Coronado, Computer Lab
SMART Boards, document cameras, student devices, clickers . . . oh my! So many devices, so little time. Join us to discover how to blend all these engaging tools with minimal effort creating a learning experience for students that they will appreciate!

Presenter(s):
♦ Dee Dickson, Education Consultant/Training Specialist, CCS Presentation Systems
♦ Lindsey Baker, Education Consultant/Training Specialist, CCS Presentation Systems

Dee Dickson, M.Ed. does curriculum Instruction & Technology Education Consulting. Dee is also a training specialist and an instructional technology coach at CCS Southwest – Tucson. Prior to joining CCS, Dee was an educator, technology integration specialist and instructional technology coordinator with a strong emphasis in SMART Board training and implementation. Her passion, focus, and experience has led her to research and practice relevant strategies helping teachers balance the numerous instructional technologies in the classroom to creating a dynamic, engaging student-centered environment.

Lunch with Keynote Speakers 11:45 – 1:30

Dr. Merryl Goldberg and Joe Landon
“Building Student Success Through Arts Education Strategies!”

1st Afternoon Sessions 1:45 – 3:00

Activate Your Academics through Physical Activity!  
* Keri Schoeff, Room
There is myriad of research that proves that students need adequate amounts of physical activity throughout the school day. Physical activity can have an impact on cognitive skills, attitudes and academic behavior, all of which are important components of improved academic performance. Come hear key strategies that your school can use to implement physical activity across the curriculum.

Presenter(s):
♦ Keri Schoeff, PE/PA Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

Keri Schoeff currently serves as the Physical Education, Physical Activity Coordinator for the Arizona Department of Education where she provides leadership in professional development on Physical Education and Physical Activity both in the classroom setting and outside of the school day.

The Cycle Shop- A Hands-On Workshop for ESEA Cycles 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6   + Handouts Available
* Joan Curtis, Salon A & B
Heads Up! Are you ready to take a ride with us? Come join us in “The Cycle Shop” as we ride the circuit around the room to help you with your cycle monitoring! Bring your laptop and downshift to the cycle you need help with or questions that we can assist you with. You will be popp’n a wheelie with joy to know that your cycle monitoring mission for FY16 can be done with expert help and will be smooth cruising from here on out!

Presenter(s):
♦ Joan Curtis, ESEA Monitoring Manager, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Title I Specialists

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 the ESEA Monitoring Manager and REAP Coordinator for ADE. Over the past years at ADE, Joan has worked in Title I and Migrant Education Programs.

Handouts: Cycle 1 PPT | Cycle 2 PPT | Cycle 3 PPT | Cycle 4 PPT | Cycle 5 PPT | Cycle 6 PPT | Title I Monitoring Website

Lead or Leave: Taking a Closer Look at Youth Civic Engagement   + Handouts Available
* Mark McCall, Salon J
The purpose of this session is to explore three existing civic engagement programs geared for elementary and high school students. Participants will learn the histories of these programs and how their grassroots based organization developed into national programs that help educate and motivate students about the political process and importance of active citizenship. Participants will engage in hands-on activities from the programs, react to information videos and discuss how they can engage in these activities in their schools and communities.

Presenter(s):
♦ Mark McCall, Deputy Associate Superintendent for Educator Excellence, Arizona Department of Education

Mark McCall, is the Deputy Associate Superintendent of Educator Excellence at the Arizona Department of Education. A native of Arizona, Mark has twenty years of experience in education, as well as an extensive understanding of state and federal legal systems and organizational management. He is certified as a Principal and a 6-12 Social Studies Teacher. Prior to his work at ADE, he served Arizona students and teachers as a middle school history/geography teacher and instructional coach, as a Field Specialist with Maricopa County and as a Regional Master Teacher and Associate Director with Arizona State University. Mark also volunteers as a member of the Law-Related Education faculty with the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education and has participated three times in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.

Handouts:  PowerPoint | “Lead or Leave”: Taking a Closer Look at Youth Civic Engagement Programs

Ongoing Conversations on Building Student Success Through Arts Education Strategies  
* Joe Landon, Salon C
Representatives of the California Alliance for Arts Education and the San Diego Learning Through the Arts Project will dig into the process of how San Diego Unified School District is bringing arts integration to twenty-two elementary schools, supported by Title I funds. Discussion will include the policy approach, the professional development program, and the engagement of school and district personnel, and will allow for Q and A on how this might be implemented in AZ.

Presenter(s):
♦ Joe Landon, Executive Director, California Alliance for Arts Education
♦ Merryl Goldberg, Professor, CSU San Marcos
♦ Caroline King, Principal, Learning Through the Arts Project

Using Technology to Engage Parents   + Handouts Available
* Hope Terhaar, Executive Boardroom
Arizona Virtual Academy and Insight Academy of AZ are online schools serving students across the state. Parent Involvement in this setting must overcome the added challenge of not having a physical space in which to facilitate daily parent-staff interactions and larger, focused events. Technology is used to reach parents across the state through live and recorded events, online resources, surveys and secure social media groups.

Presenter(s):
♦ Hope Terhaar, MTSS Coordinator, Arizona Virtual Academy/Insight Academy of Arizona
♦ John Navarro, Data and Instructional Specialist, Arizona Virtual Academy/Insight Academy of Arizona
♦ Banjjan Judge, Community Liaison, Arizona Virtual Academy/Insight Academy of Arizona

Hope Terhaar is a 2000 NAU graduate with a MA in Elementary Education and additional graduate level course work in educational intervention at Ottawa University. She has been the district MTSS Coordinator at Arizona Virtual Academy and Insight Academy of Arizona for 9 years.

John Navarro is a 2006 graduate of Grand Canyon University with an instructional background in Physical Education, CTE Allied Health, and a variety of Life Skills based courses. John has five years of department leadership experience and is currently in the role of Data and Instructional Specialist with the Insight Academy of Arizona.

Banjjan Judge is a 2000 graduate of Northern Arizona University with an instructional background in teaching K-8 general education. For the past two years Banjjan has been the Community Liaison, collaborating with all stakeholders to ensure parent involvement.

Handouts: PowerPoint | AZVA Facebook group Rules of Conduct | Community Partnerships | ECAP at a Glance | Facebook Group Links | ILP Part 1 Sample | ILP Part 2 Sample | K8 ILP Sample | PAC Information Sheet

Walk-throughs…Now what?   + Handout Available
* Kendra Moreno, The Rincon
The work and progress toward school goals is best measured by monitoring what is happening in classrooms every day. How you gather evidence and organize the data is key to assessing alignment, adjusting support, and effectively tracking implementation of continuous improvement plan (CIP) strategies to reach your school’s academic priorities.

This session is about the role of walk-throughs in supervision of instruction and monitoring of student learning to inform your continuous improvement plan. Learn how to ensure frequent and regular opportunities in classrooms, how to gather the evidence while you are there, and how to let the data tell the story of the work in your school.

Presenter(s):
♦ Kendra Moreno, Field Specialist, Maricopa County Education Service Agency
♦ Natasha Camp, Administrator for Instructional Leadership Development, Maricopa County Education Service Agency

Kendra Moreno is a Field Specialist/Principal Coach with the Maricopa Education Service Agency supporting the Rewarding Excellence in Instruction and Leadership: Next Generation (REIL-TNG) grant.

Natasha Camp is the Administrator for Instructional Leadership Development with the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA).

Handout: PowerPoint

Working Together on the SSIP  
* Angela Denning, Salon K & L
The State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) is an ambitious but achievable multi-year plan that each State must write describing how it will improve outcomes for children with disabilities served under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The SSIP is aligned to the IDEA and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as well as other education initiatives in Arizona. The success of the SSIP requires a partnership between the Arizona Department of Education and all stakeholders, including Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and parents to leverage the strengths of the system to support efforts to close the achievement gap.

Presenter(s):
♦ Angela Denning, Deputy Associate Superintendent for Exceptional Student Services

Angela Denning is the Deputy Associate Superintendent of Exceptional Student Services (ESS) for the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), Highly Effective Schools division. She coordinates support and assistance to school districts and charter schools in the full implementation of IDEA. In addition, Angela oversees the implementation of the Integrated General Supervision System to Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities and guides the ongoing refinement of the system of support for Arizona special educators. Previously, Angela was the Deputy Associate Superintendent of School Improvement and Intervention, director of K-12 Literacy Assessments for Reading First, a literacy coach, and special education teacher. She has been in education for 25 years. Angela has a Masters of Curriculum and Instruction in Language and Literacy from Arizona State University.

2nd Afternoon Sessions 3:15 – 4:30

2015 Arizona Arts Standards – what’s new, what’s not, and what do they look like in the classroom   + Handout Available
* Lynn Tuttle, The Sabino
Come learn about one of our state’s newest set of academic standards – the Arts Standards! The session will cover the art and architecture of the new standards, and include time for discussion on what implementation of these standards will look like in Arizona classrooms.

Presenter(s):
♦ Lynn Tuttle, Senior Regulatory Policy Advisor, National Association for Music Education

Lynn Tuttle is the newly appointed Senior Regulatory Policy Advisor for the National Association for Music Education. She joined NAfME in September after serving for 12 years as Arizona’s Director of Arts Education. While serving the state, Lynn oversaw the development of two sets of Arizona arts standards (2015 and 2006), and was co-facilitator for the creation of the 2014 National Core Arts Standards.

Handout: PowerPoint

21st Century STEM: Innovate 2 Integrate  
* Cathy Poplin, Coronado – Computer Lab
Do you have a STEM program? Do your teachers need support? This session will provide an overview of STEM opportunities available to teachers and teacher leaders with the implementation of STEM in your schools.

Presenter(s):
♦ Cathy Poplin, Executive Director, Arizona Technology in Education Association,
♦ Nan Williams, Director, Alhambra Elementary School District

Cathy Poplin is AzTEA’s Executive Director and has been in Education for over 43 years from the university, school districts, to Arizona Department of Education.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: How educator evaluation instruments reinforce sustainable student and family connections
+ Handouts Available
* Dr. Janice Johnson, Executive Boardroom
Successful, sustainable student family connections: it’s the glue that makes and keeps a school great. The road to better relationships—and deep trust—between parents and schools cannot be paved merely by good intentions or “random acts of engagement.” With the changes in evaluation and the emphasis on a rubric-based instrument, educators can maximize their evaluation tool by embedding strategies that strengthen and support student and family connections. This workshop shows you how.

Presenter(s):
♦ Dr. Janice Johnson, Project Director, Maricopa County Education Service Agency
♦ Suzanne Hofmann, Field Specialist, Maricopa County Education Service Agency
♦ Rebecca Willey, Field Specialist, Maricopa County Education Service Agency

Dr. Janice Johnson is the Project Director of a US DOE TIF 4 grant at Maricopa County Education Service Agency. She has thirty-five years of experience in K-12 education where she has served as special education teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and CEO/Head of school for public and private school systems. A thought leader and organization systems thinker, Janice’s expertise includes navigating educators through the change process in order to develop and support highly effective schools filled to the brim with highly effective teachers, coaches, and leaders. You can reach Janice at [email protected].

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.

Handouts: PowerPoint | Worksheet

Don’t Be Afraid of Twitter! Using the Powerful Tools of the Social Media Revolution  
* Susan Poole, Salon C
School leaders cannot ignore the powerful tools of social media. Parents, teachers and, especially, students have high expectations for communication, connection and engagement as they interact with your school. Garrett Poole, a Millennial and a student at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism will present on the importance of social media and tips for how to use it to connect, network and market your school. Discover the social media tools, resources and strategies that will establish your school as the place to be. Bring your smart phone or tablet. Before attending the session try to create a Twitter and Instagram account. Don’t be afraid, it’s easy!

Presenter(s):
♦ Susan Poole, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Garrett Poole, College Student, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Susan Poole is currently an Education Program Specialist with the Arizona Department of Education. She works in the Accountability, Support and Innovation Unit and specializes in leadership development. Susan has 30 years of educational experience, twenty of those years as the proud principal of Kyrene Middle School in Tempe, Arizona. Susan has a deep love for educating children and a passion for school based leadership.

Garrett Poole is a Barrett Scholar in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. He maintains social media accounts with Twitter, Instagram, Snap Chat and Beme. He recently began a daily vlog on YouTube, titled “The Garrett Poole Party.” Producing over 100 short videos to date, Garrett has established himself as a creative videographer with a dynamic voice in front of a camera and an imaginative editor behind it.

Eureka! I Found it! I Found it in Title II!   + Handout Available
* Raquel Alvara, Salon K & L
This session will provide an overview of Title II funds. Through this interactive session, participants will network on how they utilize Title II funds; collaboratively share out strategies that are positively impacting staff’s recruitment and retention, as well as discussing best practices to address and support principals and teachers through their evaluation process.

Presenter(s):
♦ Raquel Alvara, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Virginia Stodola Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

Raquel Alvara, M.Ed., Education Program Specialist, Effective Teachers and Leaders Unit, ADE: Raquel has over fifteen years of progressively responsible positions within a variety of educational learning environments involving public education settings, higher education, and state operated and federally funded education programs.

Virginia Stodola is a member of the Effective Teachers and Leaders Unit within ADE. She provides guidance to LEAs and teachers regarding federal requirements for meeting Title I and Highly Qualified requirements. Working closely with the Certification team, the Effective Teachers and Leaders Unit is actively engaged in providing assistance to LEAs on effective recruitment and retention strategies.

Handout: PowerPoint

Leveling the Playing Field in Arizona Education  
* Mark T. Masterson, Salon A & B
The Arizona Department of Education has launched AzEDS, the state’s new education data system. In addition, ADE has developed the statewide student information system (SSIS), which was designed to level the playing field for LEAs of all sizes. Learn how these new resources will assist underserved students and LEAs.

Presenter(s):
♦ Mark T. Masterson, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Arizona Department of Education

Mark T. Masterson, the Chief Information Officer of the Arizona Department of Education, was recognized by ComputerWorld as a “2014 Premier 100 IT Leaders” honoree.

Services to Eligible Students Attending Private Schools   + Handout Available
* Gary Fortney, Salon J
This session will review strategies and action steps on how to administer and evaluate an effective program for eligible students attending private schools.

Presenter(s):
♦ Gary Fortney, Education Program Director, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Domonic Salce, Director, Catholic Diocese of Phoenix
♦ Tanya Ortman, Director, Maricopa County Title I Consortium

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.

Tanya Ortman is the Maricopa Title I Private School Consortium Program Coordinator and has been in that position for over 20 years. The Private School Consortium represents 30 school districts and provides Title I services to 32 private schools. Tanya spent her childhood years in Hawaii but attended high school at Phoenix Christian and is a graduate from Grand Canyon University. Like most of us at this conference, Tanya considers herself a lifelong learner. Tanya’s passion is to help children acquire a love for reading, and as we all know that is easier for some than others. Tanya spends her “free” time with her children and her 2 (soon to be 3) grandsons. She also enjoys travel, reading and believes in keeping life simple.

Domonic Salce is the Assistant Superintendent for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools Office and has been in this position since June, 2014. Prior to moving into parochial education, Domonic was in the public school system for 20 years. He served as principal of Highland High School in Gilbert, was principal of Kino Jr. High in Mesa and held administrative and teaching positions in Gilbert since 1994. Domonic earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Arizona State University. He is married to a high school English teacher and has one daughter who is 4 years old.

Handout: PowerPoint!

Supporting Transition and College & Career Readiness Competencies Schoolwide   + Handouts Available
* Dr. Jane Soukup, The Rincon
This session will describe a College and Career Readiness Framework (Gaumer Erickson, Noonan and Soukup, 2013) intended to systematically embed and develop many transition related concepts school wide. These concepts include college and career readiness (CCR) competencies such as self-awareness, goal setting, assertiveness, networking and self-efficacy. Multi-tiered instruction and interventions (MTII) will be introduced as an approach to infusing these intra and interpersonal competencies into core instruction and post-school planning for all students. By thinking about the work we do in transition as part of a bigger context and in terms of diversified competency development, we can concentrate our collaborative work among general, special, career technical educators, guidance counselors, and administrators to deliberately support student competencies in the least restrictive environment and not just for students receiving special education services. This session will include examples from Arizona schools involved in this work, easily accessible resources and time for participants to discuss how many CCR competencies and transition skills can be developed with an all kids, every educator, and in any context emphasis.

Presenter(s):
♦ Dr. Jane Soukup, Research Associate, University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning
♦ Lorrie Sheehy, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

Dr. Jane Soukup is a research associate at the University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning. Her responsibilities include facilitating the Arizona Secondary Transition Mentoring Project (STMP) and the Secondary Vermont Multi-Tier System of Supports Academy (vtMTSS). The purpose of both projects is to support general education, special education, guidance counselors, administrators and others as they work together to achieve college and career readiness for ALL high school students – specifically, those with disabilities. Jane’s interests focus on the principal’s connection to special education services, the opportunity to access general education curriculum for students receiving special education services and strategies to enhance the self-determination of youth. Her work is driven by her Teach for America Corp experience and work as a classroom teacher/administrator in Texas and Kansas.

Lorrie Sheehy has worked for ADE/ESS for the past seven years as a program specialist in the area of secondary transition. Her responsibilities include working with schools in the collection and use of data from the Post School Outcomes Survey.

Handouts: PowerPoint | College & Career Information

Starry, Starry Night 7:00 PM

Starry, Starry Night  
* Rebecca Lipson, Kiva Patio
The session will begin with a short 10 minute talk about the University of Arizona Sky School, an immersive residential science school focusing on core UA science areas such as sky island ecology, biology, geology and astronomy. Following the talk, participants will have the opportunity to view the night skies through telescopes and see firsthand stars, star clusters, galaxies, and other objects that inspire sky school students nightly.

Presenter(s):
♦ Rebecca Lipson, Assistant Director of Education, UA Sky School

Rebecca Lipson is the Assistant Director of Education of the UA Sky School and a current NOAA Climate Steward. She has taught 6-8th grade students for over 7 years as a general education science and math teacher and special education teacher in public schools. With a B.A in biology, it is among her top goals to immerse students in the process of scientific discovery by providing genuine inquiry opportunities and field experiences.