Wednesday, November 18

Continental Breakfast & Keynote Speaker 8:00 – 9:30Click here for larger image.

Dr. Joyce Epstein, “Family Engagement”

1st Morning Sessions 9:45 – 11:00

A Walk in the Park: Step by Step through Cycle 4   + Handouts Available
* Stacey McAndrew, Salon B
Cycle 4 is “A Walk in the Park”.   During this workshop, we will take it step by step as we make our way through each area which is involved in a Cycle 4 visit by Title I staff. Title II will also jump in to play the part of HQ and professional development. We are forecasting a sunny time.

Presenter(s):
♦ Stacey McAndrew, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Raquel Alvara, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

Stacey McAndrew was an elementary school teacher, Reading Specialist private tutor, and Title I Coordinator over the course of 30 years She holds an Early Childhood Endorsement, Reading Endorsement, and an ESL Endorsement. Currently, she works at the Arizona Department of Education as an Education Program Specialist, with Title I school districts and charter schools primarily in Yavapai and Maricopa counties.

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.

Handouts: PowerPoint | Cycle 4 PPT

Arts Integration as a School Improvement Model for Native American Students  
* Sarah Eary, The Rincon
Through the PLC process, we initiated an innovative instructional program that used shared decision making, cooperative learning and arts integration to improve student engagement and teacher effectiveness for our school on the Navajo Nation.

We developed our arts educators to become arts integration specialists and invited teaching artists to work collaboratively with teachers in the classroom.

Presenter(s):
♦ Sarah Eary, Principal, Red Valley/Cove High School
♦ Paul Fisher, Executive Director, Arts Integration Solutions

Sarah Eary is an administrator on the Navajo Nation and has worked in education for over 30 years developing culturally relevant pedagogy for minority communities all over the world. She is currently developing arts integration as a school improvement model for Native American students. Ms. Eary serves as the Principal of Red Valley/Cove High School in Red Mesa Unified School District on the Navajo Nation.

Come Sail Away: Helping Our Neglected and Delinquent Students Navigate Our Systems  
* Jim Lovett, The Santa Rita
Mr. Lovett will lead participants on an exploration of some of the problems your most at-risk children face as they navigate our complex educational and other systems within our communities. This session will include some of the latest research on at-risk students and how we can work together to create better outcomes for all our children.

Presenter(s):
♦ James Lovett, N & D State Coordinator, Arizona Department of Education

James Lovett has spent more than 25 years in public education working with at-risk students, schools, and districts. He currently serves as the Arizona Department of Education Neglected and Delinquent State Coordinator. Most recently, Mr. Lovett has been recognized as part of the Fellows Network through the Center for Juvenile Justice (CJJR) at Georgetown University, and is currently a member of the Steering Committee as part of the Juvenile Justice Systems Improvement Project in Maricopa County. Mr. Lovett is also a member of the Maricopa County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, the Maricopa Youth Transition Advisory Committee, the Arizona Juvenile Detention Education Advisory Committee, and the Youth on the Rise project in Pima County. He is also a certified Lead Evaluator for the AdvancED accreditation organization and has chaired accreditation visits from early childhood through high school levels. Mr. Lovett has been an adjunct instructor for Northern Arizona University for both graduate and undergraduate classes and has recently attended the inaugural School-Justice Partnership Certificate Program at the CJJR through Georgetown University and the American Institute for Research during the fall of 2015.

Competency Based Interviewing for School Improvement   + Handouts Available
* Scott Maxwell, Salon C
All work pertaining to who you hire, how you develop and retain people, needs to be done through the filter of what you are trying to accomplish. A competency-based approach to interviewing site and district leaders establishes that filter by developing a talent management process for LEAs. This presentation introduces participants to the Behavioral Event Interview strategy that will allow LEAs to better identify their talent needs and sources, design a comprehensive selection system, and manage leadership performance

Presenter(s):
♦ Scott Maxwell, AS&I Director, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Oran Tkatchov, Director Professional Learning and Sustainability ESSADE, Arizona Department of Education

Scott Maxwell is a Director for the Arizona Department of Education’s Accountability, Support & Innovation unit.

Oran Tkatchov is the Director of Professional Learning & Sustainability for the Arizona Department of Education’s Exceptional Student Services unit.

Handouts: PowerPoint | Interviewer Assessor Guide | Turnaround Leadership Competencies

Connect Family and Community Involvement to Goals for Student Learning and Success   + Handout Available
* Joyce L. Epstein, Ph.D., Salon A
This session follows up the Keynote for deeper understanding of planning goal-linked involvement activities for engaging families with student to increase student success in reading, math, science, other academic subjects, and to improve behavioral outcomes (e.g. attendance, discipline, postsecondary plans).

Presenter(s):
♦ Joyce L. Epstein, Ph.D., Professor of Education and Sociology, Johns Hopkins University, Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS)

Joyce L. Epstein, Ph.D. in Sociology, is Director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and National Network of Partnership Schools, and Professor of Education and Sociology at Johns Hopkins University.

Handout: Pair-Share Activity Worksheet

ECAP: Moving From Compliance to Culture  
* Jim Buchanan, Executive Boardroom
By creating change that transforms ECAP from the realm of “compliance” to “culture”, school or district leadership can ensure that ALL students receive quality academic and career planning guidance. Personalized, comprehensive support and advisement enables students to develop career literacy and the goal-setting skills to become lifelong learners and economically independent adults. The new ECAP Implementation Administrative Toolkit and Site Assessment Tool can assist district and school leadership to champion a quality ECAP process that improves student outcomes and provides students with the tools they need for postsecondary success.

Presenter(s):
♦ Jim Buchanan, DAS- ECAP, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Kay Schreiber, College & Career Ready Contact, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Elle Gemma Gruver, AmeriCorps VISTA-ECAP, Arizona Department of Education

James Buchanan is a career educator serving as classroom teacher, team leader, assistant principal, principal & superintendent. Mr. Buchanan has expertise in school improvement, ECAPs, leadership development, and coaching.

Kay Schreiber works at the Arizona Department of Education as the College and Career Ready contact and Arizona School Counselors Coordinator. She also works with Arizona educators to prepare ALL students for college to careers using the ECAP process.

Elle Gemma Gruver is part of AmeriCorps VISTA and is performing a year of service at the Arizona Department of Education. Elle has expertise in ECAPs and utilizing volunteer service as a tool for college and career preparation.

Evaluating Assessment Items – Getting the Most Out of What I Have   + Handouts Available
* Stacie Banks, Salon J
Does your school need formative or summative assessments? The session will focus on strategies for using tools already at your disposal such as assessment systems or textbooks. Attention will be given to a process to match given assessment items and tasks to targeted levels within a standard. There will be time to practice evaluating the value of given assessment items and building a quiz for a sample standard aligned to a full range of the standard’s targets

Presenter(s):
♦ Stacie Banks, Assessment Coordinator, Maricopa County Education Service Agency

Stacie Banks is an Assessment Coordinator at MCESA who specializes in developing assessments and facilitating professional development on data analysis and formative assessment processes for teaches and leaders.

Handouts: PowerPoint | Evaluating an Item by DOK

The Ins and Outs of Title III   + Handout Available
* Secily Downes, Salon K & L
The purpose of Title III is to ensure that English Language Learners (ELLs), including immigrant children and youths, attain English proficiency and meet the same challenging academic content and achievement standards that their peers are expected to meet. This presentation will provide meaningful information regarding Title III requirements, including Title III grant requirements, the role of parents, and accountability requirements.

Presenter(s):
♦ Secily Downes, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Alex Miller, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

Secily Meza Downes, as an Education Program Specialist with OELAS, assists districts with the implementation of the SEI Program Models, by providing trainings and technical assistance for districts.

Handout: PowerPoint

The Kindergarten Experience  
* Lauren Zbyszinski, The Hospitality Parlor
In 2013, the Arizona Department of Education joined a multi-state consortium led by North Carolina to develop and implement a Kindergarten Developmental Inventory (KDI) that will be available in Arizona for all kindergarten classrooms in the 2017-18 school year.

The Kindergarten Developmental Inventory (KDI) is an assessment that kindergarten teachers will use to obtain an in-depth understanding of the developmental strengths and needs of every child. It is intended to be used as a formative assessment—as a tool used throughout the entire school year to help teachers identify the depths of each child’s knowledge and abilities in all areas of development: (1) Social and Emotional, (2) Language and Communication, (3) Approaches to Learning, (4) Cognitive, and (5) Physical.

This dynamic, highly engaging process of assessing children requires the intentional observation of children in order to truly understand their individual learning needs. Teachers will gather multiple forms of evidence that may include observational/anecdotal notes, samples of meaningful work such as drawings or stories written by the child, voice recorded language samples, photographs of meaningful experiences, and videos of children figuring out complex problems or engaging in the process of discovery. The wealth of information gleaned from this collection of evidence should be used to drive decision making including (1) the planning of developmentally appropriate opportunities for learning, (2) identifying individualized goals and systems of support, when needed, (3) and the implementation of effective instructional strategies for individual children, for small groups, and for the classroom community of learners.

Presenter(s):
♦ Lauren Zbyszinski, ECE Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

Lauren Zbyszinski currently works as a Program Specialist and Professional Development Coordinator in the Early Childhood division at the Arizona Department of Education. 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.

Rethinking Freshman Academy: A multi-tiered system of support focused on academics  
* Laura Telles, The Sabino
We will be sharing our own District data and how we used to evaluate current programs in place to build literacy, how we selected a piloted programs based on our analysis and how we are evaluating programs to support literacy on an annual basis. In addition, best practices in instruction, the role of the Professional Learning Community and selection of computer based programs and technology will be shared. We will share standardized test scores (state assessments, ACT and AP as examples).
We will be highlighting some district wide practices and discussing how the use of Title I funds to provide supplemental support has allowed us to create a targeted system of literacy interventions as well as provide enrichment for students who are ready for more rigor.

Presenter(s):
♦ Laura Telles, Director of Curriculum, Phoenix Union High School District
♦ Carrie Repp, Science Content Specialist, Phoenix Union High School District
♦ Kris Cunningham, Math Coach, Phoenix Union High School District

Laura Telles is the Director of Curriculum for the Phoenix Union High School District with more than 20 years in education as a practitioner at many levels in an educational system. She began her teaching career in New Mexico as a junior high teacher. She has taught high school in Texas and Arizona in high needs districts at multiple Title I schools.

Carrie Repp is the new Science Content Specialist for the Phoenix Union High School District. Carrie provides leadership and support to staff toward the continuous improvement of student achievement. As a classroom teacher at a Title I school for the last 11 years in Chemistry, Physical Science, Earth Science, and the AVID Elective, Carrie has seen far too many students give up on Science, Math, and sometimes all academic subjects. Combatting student apathy and/or expectancy to fail is paramount and at the heart of what she strives to do daily.

Technology Is A Tool, Technology in the Student Centered Classroom (Repeat Session)  
* Nathan Wells, Coronado, Computer Lab
This session will focus on the success of technology integration in today’s classrooms to support student achievement. Come participate in an interactive, focused session that includes using student devices with effective instruction to create a student centered classroom.

Presenter(s):
♦ Nathan Wells, Director of Training, ImmediaEdu
♦ Lauren Ashmore, Training and Development, ImmediaEdu

Nathan Wells specializes in 1:1 learning, Google Apps, Edmodo, and Promethean’s ActivClassroom. As a former teacher, he understands being in the trenches integrating technology.

2nd Morning Sessions 11:15 AM – 12:30

Celebrate Success: A Systems Approach to Professional Learning + Handout Available
* Eric Brooks, Salon A
Providing staff with meaningful professional development is one of the components to teacher retention. Learning Forward Professional Learning Standards and resources support effective planning and implementation of professional development. The SAI is a free tool which provides standards based, targeted, professional learning needs assessment results, to help drive PD decisions.

Presenter(s):
♦ Eric Brooks, Director, Professional Learning, Arizona Department of Education

Eric Brooks, Director of Professional Development unit, has been with the Arizona Department of Education since 2008. Two of the initiatives where he has recently expended most of his energy include the Instructional Rounds protocol which comes out of Harvard University and the Arizona Principal/Teacher Evaluation model framework. The former allows him, along with several other Arizona Department of Education colleagues to work with a network of schools as they examine their instructional practices in an effort to advance student achievement. The latter is working with LEAs around the state as they devise systematic ways to answer the call for a stronger system of Principal & Teacher Efficacy leading toward educator equity.

Handout: PowerPoint

Essential Connections for Youth Success: Shared Expectations, Responsibilities, and Outcomes  
* Dottie Wodraska, The Santa Rita
Research indicates that Hope is a leading indicator of success in relationships, academics, career and business. Building visions of the future and returning to the present to plan for the future, “Time-Traveling”, is a key aspect to successful transition for struggling youth. The TJST Transition model is based on the cycle of change, resiliency and justice research working with youth in the justice system. This workshop will increase relevant competencies in the four areas of Education/Career, Home/Family Community/Service, and Hobbies/Recreation. This dynamic collaborative increases dose and duration of services for youth at highest risk in partnership with justice agencies and focuses on a successful reentry to the community. Data has been tracked and analyzed in the past two year for more than 523 youth including how transition best happens, how to track engagement and what is needed when relapse occurs. This multisystem collaborative brings together probation/parole, education, mental health, child welfare, parents and community partners to increase skill in building a transparent process of open communication and sharing of data and resources all focused on supporting youth success most especially in education and career.

Presenter(s):
♦ Dorothy (Dottie) Wodraska, Director of Juvenile Transition, Maricopa County Education Service Agency
♦ Derrick Platt, Regional Transition Coordinator, Arizona Department of Education

Dorothy (Dottie) Wodraska is the Director of Juvenile Transition for the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA). She is an educator and youth advocate who has presented on educational, juvenile justice, child welfare and organizational leadership issues, locally, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Derrick Platt is a Regional Transition Coordinator for the MCESA Transforming Juveniles Through Successful Transition (TJST) award-winning transition initiative. He is an educator and former probation supervisor with expertise in special education, justice issues, data tracking systems and research.

Everybody Does Everything! A School on the Move Improving Student Achievement and the Learning Culture   + Handouts Available
* Jill Sarraino, Salon K & L
Participants will have the opportunity to observe the positive changes Palo Verde Middle School has put into place the past 5 years that are do-able and staff friendly. The presentation will include the history of Palo Verde, Teacher Leadership implementation, professional development, curriculum, instruction, assessment, team/department expectations/organization, the Urban Plunge collaborative and positive school climate.

Presenter(s):
♦ Jill Sarraino, Principal, Palo Verde Middle School
♦ Carol Patterson, Administrative Services Coach, Washington Elementary School District
♦ Carrie Hale, Program Coach, Palo Verde Middle School

Jill Sarraino This is Jill’s 5th year at Palo Verde Middle School in the Washington Elementary School District. She served as Assistant Principal for 4 years working alongside the Principal, Carol Patterson. This is her first year as Principal of Palo Verde Middle School. The leadership team on the Palo Verde campus was and continues to be instrumental in the positive changes both academically and behaviorally on at Palo Verde.

Handouts: PowerPoint | Attack the Text | Team and Department Target Goals Combined.docx | ELA Template.docx

Family Engagement – Whatever it takes!   + Handout Available
* Lisa Kluge, Salon J
Engaging families in their child’s learning changes everything! Learn some of the latest research and family engagement models that come from experts like Dr. Maria Paredes (APTT), Dr. Karen Mapp (Harvard Family Research Project), and Dr. Joyce Epstein (National Network of Partnership Schools). Hear about effective practices used throughout the state of Arizona, and collaborate with school and community practitioners around current family engagement topics. Coolidge Unified School District has been participating in the ADE Family Engagement Initiative Project, and two schools, San Tan Heights and Heartland Ranch will share their stories. Walk away with new resources, tools, strategies and ideas that you could easily take back to your campus and implement.

Presenter(s):
♦ Lisa Kluge, 21st CCLC Education Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Art Moncibaez, Principal, San Tan Heights Elementary
♦ Jessie Arroyos, Principal, Heartland Ranch Elementary

Lisa Kluge, M.Ed., is currently an Education Program Specialist for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers in the Phoenix region. She has over twenty-three years of educational experience as a teacher, Title I coordinator, 21stCCLC site coordinator and ADE specialist. Her strength and passion center on best practices in federally funded program such as Title I and 21stCCLC.

Art Moncibaez earned a B.A in Sociology from University of Arizona. He also has a Post-Baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education and M.A in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Mr. Moncibaez has 23 years of experience in education and this is his 6th year at San Tan Heights. Mr. Moncibaez has received the following recognitions and awards: Lifetime Arizona Community College Teaching Certificate in Educational Leadership, Coolidge Chamber of Commerce 2011 A+ School Employee Award, and received several awards while teaching.

Mrs. Jessie Arroyos serves as the principal of Heartland Ranch Elementary. Mrs. Arroyos received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University and taught students in grades one, four, five and three for seven years. Earning her Master’s Degree from University of Phoenix, she began her position as a principal and now has 13 years’ experience. Mrs. Arroyos was published as a Beat the Odds principal for her work helping students gain growth academically.

Handout: PowerPoint

The Kindergarten Experience . . . Continued  
* Lauren Zbyszinski, The Hospitality Parlor
In 2013, the Arizona Department of Education joined a multi-state consortium led by North Carolina to develop and implement a Kindergarten Developmental Inventory (KDI) that will be available in Arizona for all kindergarten classrooms in the 2017-18 school year.

The Kindergarten Developmental Inventory (KDI) is an assessment that kindergarten teachers will use to obtain an in-depth understanding of the developmental strengths and needs of every child. It is intended to be used as a formative assessment—as a tool used throughout the entire school year to help teachers identify the depths of each child’s knowledge and abilities in all areas of development: (1) Social and Emotional, (2) Language and Communication, (3) Approaches to Learning, (4) Cognitive, and (5) Physical.

This dynamic, highly engaging process of assessing children requires the intentional observation of children in order to truly understand their individual learning needs. Teachers will gather multiple forms of evidence that may include observational/anecdotal notes, samples of meaningful work such as drawings or stories written by the child, voice recorded language samples, photographs of meaningful experiences, and videos of children figuring out complex problems or engaging in the process of discovery. The wealth of information gleaned from this collection of evidence should be used to drive decision making including (1) the planning of developmentally appropriate opportunities for learning, (2) identifying individualized goals and systems of support, when needed, (3) and the implementation of effective instructional strategies for individual children, for small groups, and for the classroom community of learners.

Presenter(s):
♦ Lauren Zbyszinski, ECE Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

Lauren Zbyszinski currently works as a Program Specialist and Professional Development Coordinator in the Early Childhood division at the Arizona Department of Education. 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.

RTI is now called WHAT? …MTSS   + Handouts Available
* Mary Wennersten, Salon C
Where is Arizona MTTSS? 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(s):
♦ Mary Wennersten, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Melissa DeVries, Director State Initiatives, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Celese Nameth, PLS Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

Mary Wennersten, M.Ed. is currently with the Arizona Department of Education in Exceptional Student Services. She helps in developing professional development, resources to supports the implementation of a State Systemic Implementation Plan (SSIP) focusing on 3-8 reading for all learners, MTSS/RTI, district and school instructional leadership and coaching. Previously, she lead the professional development and technical assistance to schools across Arizona for Move on When Reading (MOWR the state K-3 reading initiatives), along with Reading First and School Improvement. Mary got her BA from University of Arizona and her Masters in special education from Northern Arizona University. Because of her own experience as a struggling dyslexic student and having a child with dyslexia, Mary has spent her career in public education improving instruction for all students. Mary is the past-president of the AZ IDA and currently a Board of Directors for IDA.

Melissa De Vries, M.Ed., A former teacher, district administrator, author, and college instructor. She is currently the Director of State Initiatives for the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services. Melissa has been in public education for 28 years.

Celese Nameth is currently the MTBS (Multi-Tier Behavior Support) Specialist for the Arizona Department of Education. She facilitates the three year PBIS implementation initiative that is offered by Exceptional Student Services. Mrs. Nameth is the state coordinator of PBISapps. She is a coordinator/trainer for SWIS, CICO-SWIS and ISIS-SWIS as well as TIPSII (team implemented problem solving). She is also the coordinator for the AZ Community of Practice for School-Based Mental Health. Mrs. Nameth has extensive experience as teacher in grades 3-8. Before taking her position at the state, she spent 9 years a Title I Reading Specialist and is a state LETRS trainer.

Handouts: PowerPoint | MTSS Implementation Scoring Summary | MTSS Implementation Rubric | MTSS Factsheet.docx

Stay on Target!   + Handouts Available
* Michelle Hart, The Sabino
Participants will learn practical strategies for implementing a targeted assistance Title I program. Staff from two reward schools will share strategies that worked for them, including how they implement their push-in and pull-out programs

Presenter(s):
♦ Michelle Hart, Director of Curriculum, Ball Charter Schools
♦ Mary Kennedy, Instructional Coach , Hearn Academy

Handouts: PowerPoint | Targeted Assistance Handout

Suicide Prevention & Intervention: Let’s Talk About How we ALL can help!  
* Hilary Cummings, The Rincon
Suicide Prevention & Intervention: Let’s Talk About It and How we can ALL Help! Every 13 minutes in this country someone takes their life. One in 20 people are considering suicide. We ALL can help one another. This presentation will focus on the evidence based programs, ASIST and safeTALK to show how we ALL can learn the skills to help someone in crisis and connect them to the proper resources!

Presenter(s):
♦ Hilary Cummings, Executive Director, Education Outside the Box
♦ Enyah Abadjivor, Project Director, Education Outside the Box

Hilary Whiteway Cummings, M.Ed. is an award winning prevention educator in Arizona, with a focus on providing prevention and intervention skills training on suicide, underage drinking and substance abuse. Ms. Cummings is passionate about teaching others that we ALL can help in our communities to prevent suicide!

Technology Is A Tool, Technology in the Student Centered Classroom (Repeat Session)  
* Nathan Wells, Coronado, Computer Lab
This session will focus on the success of technology integration in today’s classrooms to support student achievement. Come participate in an interactive, focused session that includes using student devices with effective instruction to create a student centered classroom.

Presenter(s):
♦ Nathan Wells, Director of Training, ImmediaEdu
♦ Lauren Ashmore, Training and Development, ImmediaEdu

Nathan Wells specializes in 1:1 learning, Google Apps, Edmodo, and Promethean’s ActivClassroom. As a former teacher, he understands being in the trenches integrating technology.

Tying It Together  
* Kay Schreiber, Executive Boardroom
Participants in this session will discuss how to best use the attributes of the education career action planning (ECAP) process; career and technical education (CTE) programs of study; and the transition planning process within the IEP for students receiving special education services so that ALL students are prepared for career, college and life. How are these individualized learning plans (ILPs) the same or different depending on your student population? Attendees will discuss and learn together.

Presenter(s):
♦ Kay Schreiber, College & Career Ready Contact, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Lorrie Sheehy, Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Shelly Thome, Intervention Counselor Liaison, West-MEC

Kay Schreiber works at the Arizona Department of Education as the College and Career Ready contact and Arizona School Counselors Coordinator. She also works with Arizona educators to prepare ALL students for college to careers using the ECAP process.

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.

Shelly Thome is entering her 17th year of working in high school education as both a social worker and counselor. Currently, she serves as the Intervention Counselor Liaison for West-MEC. In this role, her focus is on both career technical education and implementing intervention strategies to enable student success.

Understanding AzMERIT results  
* Irene Hunting, Salon B
This presentation will look at how AzMERIT results are reported and how those results should be interpreted. How the State Board of Education’s key values directed AzMERIT results and reporting will be shared. Differences between how AIMS results were reported and how AzMERIT results are reported will be explored. How to use AzMERIT results to determining students’ individual strengths and weakness and to determine the relative strengths and weakness of groups of students will be discussed.

Presenter(s):
♦ Irene Hunting, DAS – Assessment, Arizona Department of Education

Irene Hunting has worked in the ADE Assessment Section for 11 years. She is experienced in test development, test administration, test reporting, and testing policy.

Lunch – Kiva Ballroom 12:45 – 1:45

1st Afternoon Sessions 2:00 – 3:15

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.

After School Programs – A Recipe for Success for Title I and 21stCCLC Schools   + Handouts Available
* Frank Lomeli, Salon J
Program participants will explore practical examples on how to develop an afterschool site program by identifying all available in-house resources first, then using outside resources to fill the gaps. Once the afterschool program is developed, participants will be provided information and examples on how to effectively manage and track the afterschool program in order to comply with federal guidelines and requirements. Participants will also explore ideas and opportunities to celebrate the program success stories with students, parents and the community.

Presenter(s):
♦ Frank Lomeli, Youth Programs Director, Friendly House, Academia del Pueblo School
♦ The Be Kind Group
♦ Lisa Kluge, 21st CCLC Education Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

Frank Lomeli serves as the Youth Programs Director for Academia del Pueblo School. In this position, Mr. Lomeli serves as the 21stCCLC Site Coordinator, PE teacher, Maintenance Manager and Support Staff Supervisor. Mr. Lomeli has over 20 years of youth development programming experience and currently develops and implements a variety of youth development enrichment services in his current role at ADP school.

Lisa Kluge, M.Ed., is currently an Education Program Specialist for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers in the Phoenix region. She has over twenty-three years of educational experience as a teacher, Title I coordinator, 21stCCLC site coordinator and ADE specialist. Her strength and passion center on best practices in federally funded program such as Title I and 21stCCLC.

Handout: PowerPoint | What Works? | Worksheet.docx

Arizona Instructional Rounds – A Different Form of Learning Walks   + Handout Available
* Jane Smoudi, Salon B
Participants will learn the Arizona Instructional Rounds (AIR) – a network approach to build the capacity of district/school evaluators and leaders to implement principal/teacher evaluation more successfully; to collect valid and reliable data on teacher effectiveness to guide continuous improvement efforts with a laser-focus on increasing the quality of teaching and learning.

Presenter(s):
♦ Jane Smoudi, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Raquel Alvara, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ David Gauch, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

Jane Smoudi is the Education Program Specialist at ADE Professional Learning Unit. Jane holds an M. Ed. Her expertise is in improving instructional practices.

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.

David Gauch has been in the education field for 20+ years. He has taught multiple grade levels (1st – 6th), served as a Title I parent liaison and coordinator and as an elementary building principal. Currently, he works for the Department of Education as an education program specialist in the Effective Teachers and Leaders/Title II-A section.

Handout: PowerPoint

Arizona’s School Readiness Framework  
* Lauren Zbyszinski, The Hospitality Parlor
The early years are an exciting time in the development of children, and the transition into kindergarten is filled with both opportunity and challenge. Arizona recognizes that students today must attain the knowledge and skills needed to be college and career ready. As a result more focused attention must be shed on what happens in the birth to five years in order to create a strong foundation for all future learning. Collaborative efforts have led to the creation of a foundational continuum for Arizona’s children, illustrated in a series of guiding documents that include the Arizona’s Infant and Toddler Developmental Guidelines, the Arizona Early Learning Standards for children ages three to kindergarten entry and the Program Guidelines for High Quality Early Education: Birth through Kindergarten. Building upon these critical documents, Arizona stakeholders, have come together to identify the Arizona School Readiness Framework that expresses a commitment to ensuring children are prepared as they enter the world of academic instruction and learning. The Arizona School Readiness Framework (ASRF) encourages collaboration between services and the numerous parts of the early childhood system. The framework reflects the purpose of identifying readiness, and builds on the state’s efforts to establish a system in which all children have access to quality experiences leading to school success.

Presenter(s):
♦ Lauren Zbyszinski, ECE Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

Lauren Zbyszinski currently works as a Program Specialist and Professional Development Coordinator in the Early Childhood division at the Arizona Department of Education. 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.

Enhancing Education for At-Risk Youth   + Handout Available
* Adam Henning, The Santa Rita
Adobe Mountain School transitioned from a traditional quarter school year model to a block scheduling system resulting in increased credits and better opportunities to engage an at-risk population. We will describe why the change was needed, the change process including community impacts, and the positive end results we are currently seeing. The educational environment at Adobe Mountain School has become more productive and beneficial to the students we serve because of these changes.

Presenter(s):
♦ Adam Henning, Superintendent of Education, Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections
♦ Jennifer Engberg, Education Program Administrator, Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections
♦ Carissa Harvey, Education Program Administrator, Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

Adam Henning is the Superintendent of Education for the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections. He has over 20 years of juvenile justice experience and has been an education administrator since 2004.

Jen Engberg is an education program administrator with the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections and oversees the Career and Technical Education programs. She has 8 years of experience working with at-risk students

Handout: PowerPoint!

FY2016 Johnson-O’Malley Application & Use of Funds  
* Nadine Groenig, The Rincon
This session will cover the FY16 Johnson-O’Malley application, including guidelines, eligibility, and required components.

Presenter(s):
♦ Nadine Groenig, Director of Indian Education, Arizona Department of Education

Nadine Groenig has become the Director of Indian Education after 13 years at ADE. Prior to that, she was an Education Program Specialist with Title I.

ESEA – 50 Years and Counting  
* Nancy Konitzer, Salon A
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was a product of the “War on Poverty” efforts of President Lyndon Johnson in 1965. As part of several landmark programs initiated fifty years ago, ESEA began the role of large-scale federal financial support to education by designating the category of schools with children from low-income families as the qualifying recipients. After tracing the history of the ESEA up to its current form as the No Child Left Behind Act and examining the current status of NCLB under the Flexibility Waivers, we will speculate on the near-term prospects of reauthorization and the long-term future of ESEA.

Presenter(s):
♦ Nancy Konitzer, Title I DAS, Arizona Department of Education

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.

Grammar Wall Starter Kit   + Handout Available
* Secily Downes, Salon K & L
This session will use the English Language Proficiency Standards as a guide to building and organizing a Grammar Wall, including subcategories and appropriate scaffolding for multiple stages and proficiency levels.

Presenter(s):
♦ Secily Downes, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Alex Miller, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

Secily Meza Downes, as an Education Program Specialist with OELAS, assists districts with the implementation of the SEI Program Models, by providing trainings and technical assistance for districts.

Handout: PowerPoint

Hit the Bullseye with Targeted Assistance   + Handout Available
* Jill Jeanes, Executive Boardroom
A detailed review of the required components of a Targeted Assisted program will be presented (i.e. delivery of service, fiscal application, ranking, eligibility, exit criteria, inventory list, etc.) Applicable resources to achieve a successful Title I program will also be provided.

Presenter(s):
♦ Jill Jeanes, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Stacey McAndrew, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

Jill Jeanes was a K-6 School Librarian, second grade and kindergarten classroom teacher for 12 years. She holds an Early Childhood Endorsement, Reading Endorsement, and an ESL Endorsement. With ADE, she spent two years in OELAS and the past six years as a Title I Education Program Specialist.

Stacey McAndrew was an elementary school teacher, Reading Specialist private tutor, and Title I Coordinator over the course of 30 years She holds an Early Childhood Endorsement, Reading Endorsement, and an ESL Endorsement. Currently, she works at the Arizona Department of Education as an Education Program Specialist, with Title I school districts and charter schools primarily in Yavapai and Maricopa counties.

Handout: PowerPoint

Promising Practices and Quick Wins –A Title I Success Story  
* Abby Pemberton, The Sabino
The session will describe a Multi-tiered Support System model that is grounded in current research and educational trends. Participants will examine and discuss artifacts and program components that have created an environment for success at a border school with a 97 % poverty rate, 99% second language learners’ school. Useful tools to monitor program implementation and guide the school improvement process will be shared.

Presenter(s):
♦ Abby Pemberton, Principal, Ed Pastor Elementary National Title I Distinguished School
♦ Omar Duron, Master Teacher, Ed Pastor Elementary National Title I Distinguished School

Abby Pemberton has been an educator for 36 years – 3 years a principal at Ed Pastor Elementary, 2 years a Federal Projects Director, 16 years Professional Development/ instructional coaching and the rest in K-8 teaching.

Raising Student Achievement for ALL Students: Characteristics of Successful Districts   + Handout Available
* Melissa De Vries, Salon C
The academic achievement gap between students with disabilities and their nondisabled peers in Arizona is significant; generally the gap is 40% or greater. After examining over three years of state testing data we found 37 districts and charters, 23 of which were Title I sites, that are closing this gap. These sites are implementing systemic frameworks to improve schools not only for students with disabilities but for all children. The six common systems discovered in this study can be replicated to improve outcomes for all students.

Presenter(s):
♦ Melissa De Vries, Director State Initiatives, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Oran Tkatchov, Director Professional Learning and Sustainability ESS, Arizona Department of Education

Melissa De Vries, M.Ed., A former teacher, district administrator, author, and college instructor. She is currently the Director of State Initiatives for the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services. Melissa has been in public education for 28 years.

Oran Tkatchov, M.Ed. is a former middle school teacher, high school teacher, charter school director, and provider of professional development and school improvement resources at a state level. He is currently the Professional Learning and Sustainability Director of Professional Development for the Arizona Department of Education.

Handout: PowerPoint

2nd Afternoon Sessions 3:30 – 4:45

Equitable Access to Effective Educators  
* Mark McCall, Salon A
The purpose of this session is to examine the data and root causes behind the instructional equity gaps for students of color and economic disadvantage as reported to the US Department of Education. Participants will work in small groups to explore the issue and provide feedback for proposed strategies designed to be piloted and promoted in order to demonstrate that all students can have equitable access to effective instruction.

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.

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.

LCIP and CIPs from Soup to Nuts (Needs, Plans, Budgets and Evaluation)   + Handout Available
* Pam Burkhardt, Salon B
Come join us as we explore the processes to gather data for needs assessments, revise/develop, align and implement Plans. Learn about the connection of your CIP and Consolidated Application. We’ll have time for audience participation, questions and interaction. And you will receive tools, ideas for processes and timelines you can use back home.

Presenter(s):
♦ Pam Burkhardt, External Programs Specialist, Creighton School District
♦ Janet Chapin, Title I Facilitator, Creighton School District
♦ Carmen Meza, Budget Analyst, Creighton School District

Pam Burkhardt has 25 plus years developing and implementing variety of state and federal grants with a focus on Title I.

Handout: CIP Planning Worksheet.docx | Budget Sample

Practical tips and organizational secrets for Title I grant managers   + Handout Available
* Shari Sterling, Executive Boardroom
Provide participants with practical application of budget preparation, organization of compliance requirements, working with stakeholders to achieve goals (budget related) and using Google Apps as a collaborative tool for Time & Effort Logs and budget. Topic areas to include:
• Organizational tips for Title I business/fiscal compliance
• Budget preparation for ESEA application
• Maintenance of budget and preparation for completion reports
• Communication tips with stakeholders
• Google Apps as essential tool with budgets and Time & Effort Logs
• Prep for monitoring visits and financial audits
• Strategies for maintaining Title I documentation

Presenter(s):
♦ Shari Sterling, Federal Programs Director, Prescott Unified School District
♦ Kateryna Dyer, Grants Coordinator, Prescott Unified School District

Shari Sterling has 26 years of administrative experience in both higher education and K-12 settings. For the past six years she has been working with Prescott Unified School District as the Federal Programs Director & Grant Writer. With her background she has navigated grants management to achieve optimal results with grant compliance and organizational systems.

Kateryna Dyer has worked at Prescott Unified School District for 9 years in human resources and the grants department. She has a strong knowledge of internal processes and has developed systems that blend compliance requirements with technology.

Handout: PowerPoint

Promoting Successful Parent/Community Involvement   + Handout Available
* Margaret Moya, Salon J
Parent/Community involvement in the Murphy School District pulls various agencies, programs, and activities into a targeted, focused program that provides a variety of opportunities for parents. These opportunities not only help parents work with their children to promote academic growth and achievement, but also help parents receive life skills training in order to better themselves. Medical, dental, and other social services are included as major elements of the overall community program. In addition, parents are afforded experiences such as field trips. We will show how to establish a parent/community involvement program and lessons learned in making the program effective.

Presenter(s):
♦ Margaret Moya, Director Health & Education Center, Murphy School District
♦ Gloria Rivera, Director, Federal Programs, Murphy School District

Margaret Moya is a native Arizonan. Margaret has received both a B.A. in Education and a M.Ed. in Leadership, Supervision, and Administration from Arizona State University. Margaret has been working in the Murphy Elementary School District for the past 28 years and is currently the Director of the Murphy Elementary School District Education and Health Center.

Handout: PowerPoint

Reading at the High School Level: A System to Increase College and Career Readiness  
* Laura Telles, The Sabino
We will be sharing our own District data and how we used to evaluate current programs in place to build literacy, how we selected a piloted programs based on our analysis and how we are evaluating programs to support literacy on an annual basis. In addition, best practices in instruction, the role of the Professional Learning Community and selection of computer based programs and technology will be shared. We will share standardized test scores (state assessments, ACT and AP as examples).

We will be highlighting some district wide practices and discussing how the use of Title I funds to provide supplemental support has allowed us to create a targeted system of literacy interventions as well as provide enrichment for students who are ready for more rigor.

Presenter(s):
♦ Laura Telles, Director of Curriculum, Phoenix Union High School District
♦ Ann Murray, ELA Content Specialist, Phoenix Union High School District
♦ Janice Koivisto, Literacy Coach, Phoenix Union High School District

Laura Telles is the Director of Curriculum for the Phoenix Union High School District with more than 20 years in education as a practitioner at many levels in an educational system. She began her teaching career in New Mexico as a junior high teacher. She has taught high school in Texas and Arizona in high needs districts at multiple Title I schools.

Ann Murray is a graduate of the University of Texas and Northern Arizona University. She is an Arizona Governor’s Master Teacher and Master Teacher Coach; the basis of her portfolio centered on second language students and inclusion students. Her previous positions held with PUHSD include being an English and ELL English teacher, department chair, and a district instructional specialist. She served as the School Improvement Co-chair for a school that moved from 52% graduation rate to 79% graduation in three years.

Janice Koivisto has almost thirty years in the field, Janice has served at all levels and in all areas of education–elementary, junior high & high school, public schools & private, in classroom and at district level. With an extensive background in English and reading, her current position as the PUHSD Literacy Coach affords her the opportunity to support campuses, administrators and teachers to improve literacy education and impact the ultimate goal of education: student learning and success!

The Assessment Continuum Guide for Pre-K- Grade 3 in Arizona  
* Lauren Zbyszinski, The Hospitality Parlor
According to the position statement National Association for the Education of Young Children, assessment is, “the process of gathering information about children from several forms of evidence, then organizing and interpreting that information” and “the basic process of finding out what the child knows and can do in relation to their optimum development. With that knowledge, an appropriate plan for effective instructional strategies to help them develop and learn can be identified, monitoring their progress along the way. As educators, our goal should always be to help students make progress toward achieving their “optimum development.” Using data gathered through the assessment process, administrators, teachers, and students should be making decisions that support what is in the best interest of the students. This guidance document was developed to promote best practices for this kind of beneficial assessment process in an early childhood setting. The recommendations are for components of a comprehensive assessment system that utilizes a robust continuum of tools and resources. The recommendations rely on researched and/or evidence-based practices that meet rigorous professional standards that have been shown to positively affect outcomes for all children and families within our communities.

Presenter(s):
♦ Lauren Zbyszinski, ECE Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

Lauren Zbyszinski currently works as a Program Specialist and Professional Development Coordinator in the Early Childhood division at the Arizona Department of Education. 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.

Title I and Reading: Teaching Reading for Our Most At-Risk Students   + Handouts Available
* Mary Wennersten, Salon C
This session will provide content knowledge for educators and evidenced based strategies that are necessary in developing reading skills, academic vocabulary and deep comprehension. These skills are important components of an effective comprehensive reading program designed to develop proficient readers, competent writers and critical thinkers.

Presenter(s):
♦ Mary Wennersten, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

Mary Wennersten, M.Ed. Mary is currently with the Arizona Department of Education in Exceptional Student Services. She helps in developing professional development, resources to supports the implementation of a State Systemic Implementation Plan (SSIP) focusing on 3-8 reading for all learners, MTSS/RTI, district and school instructional leadership and coaching. Previously, she lead the professional development and technical assistance to schools across Arizona for Move on When Reading (MOWR the state K-3 reading initiatives), along with Reading First and School Improvement. Mary got her BA from University of Arizona and her Masters in special education from Northern Arizona University. Because of her own experience as a struggling dyslexic student and having a child with dyslexia, Mary has spent her career in public education improving instruction for all students. Mary is the past-president of the AZ IDA and currently a Board of Directors for IDA.

Handouts: PowerPoint | Informational Text Structure Templates

Using Assessment in Educator Evaluations   + Handout Available
* David Gauch, Salon K & L
What happens when data is not available because the results from the assessment are not delivered in time to be utilized or the assessment has not been administered to determine if the resulting data is valid? This session will explore what the framework says regarding this and what options remain for the student academic progress component of educator evaluation. The presenter and participants will review the framework, discuss options that LEAs have implemented already, and what other choices are still available.

Presenter(s):
♦ David Gauch, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Warren Shillingburg, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

David Gauch has been in the education field for 20+ years. He has taught multiple grade levels (1st – 6th), served as a Title I parent liaison and coordinator and as an elementary building principal. Currently he works for the Department of Education as an education program specialist in the Effective Teachers and Leaders/Title II-A section.

Warren Shillingburg has over 30 years of experience in education, including being a district superintendent, assistant superintendent for curriculum, an elementary principal, a tenured college professor, and a classroom teacher. Warren has taught students in grades one through graduate students working on their doctorates. Warren holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary/special education, a master’s degree in gifted education/administration, and a PhD in Educational Psychology from Purdue University.

Handout: PowerPoint

Using Proactive Collaboration and Case Planning to Support Students in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems  
+ Handout Available
* Peter Hershberger, The Santa Rita
FosterEd, an initiative of the National Center for Youth Law, aims to improve education outcomes for youth in the child welfare and probation systems. FosterEd employs the use of education success plans, education teaming and “educational champions” to create a cycle of support for youth who otherwise lack meaningful adult support. In one of its demonstration sites, Pima County, FosterEd’s efforts have led to improved education outcomes for the county’s foster youth, including school attendance, grades and appropriate course enrollment. The FosterEd model is now expanding to serve probation-supervised youth. Components of FosterEd’s model can be replicated by school districts and other state partners.

Presenter(s):
♦ Peter Hershberger, Director, FosterEd Arizona
♦ Atasi Uppal, FosterEd-Juvenile Justice Attorney, National Center for Youth Law

Pete Hershberger has worked as a counselor with at-risk youth for over 40 years. Pete served 8 years in the Arizona House, 5 years as Chairman of Human Services. In 2003 he founded the Arizona Children’s Caucus. Pete served 1 year as Chairman of the Human Services Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Handout: PowerPoint

Special Live Event 7:00 PM
#PTChat—Parent Teacher Chat—Twitter Event
Strategies to Strengthen Family, School, and Community Partnerships

#PTChat — Parent Teacher Chat — Twitter Event – Strategies to Strengthen Family, School, and Community Partnerships  
+ Handout Available
* Becky Raabe, Salon J – or Tweet from wherever you are!
The second annual ADE and IEL (Institute for Educational Leadership) #PTChat Twitter event will demonstrate the impact of a global professional learning community to guide innovative family engagement strategies that support student learning and effective partnerships. Participants new to Twitter—or regular users—will learn about evidence-based and high-impact family engagement strategies that have a positive influence on student achievement.

Presenter(s):
♦ Becky Raabe, Family Engagement Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Billie Brown, Social Media and Public Information Liaison, Arizona Department of Education
♦ Charles Tack, Communications Officer, Arizona Department of Education

Becky Raabe has worked over 25 years to strengthen partnerships that have a positive impact on student achievement. Her work with families, LEAs, state and national groups guides her role as the ADE Family Engagement Initiative facilitator.

Handout: How and Why to Tweet!