Wednesday, November 19

Registration and Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Breakout Sessions 8:00 am – 9:15 am

Assembly Required: Improving Your At-Risk Programs
Jim Lovett, N&D State CR, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Santa Rita
Session Description
Students often have the best intentions to succeed however end up experiencing problems within our school systems. Mr. Lovett will engage participants in an examination of best practices and strategies for at-risk students to be more successful in and out of the school setting. He will guide participants through a process to develop a strong program to measure and improve outcomes for their most at-risk student populations. This presentation will include information and updates from several juvenile justice initiatives throughout the state of Arizona.

Presenter Information
Mr. James Lovett
has spent more than 25 years in public education working with at-risk students, schools, and districts. He is currently serves as the ADE State Coordinator for Neglected and Delinquent students. Most recently, Jim has been recognized as part of the Fellows Network through the Center for Juvenile Justice at Georgetown University, and is currently a member of the Steering Committee as part of the Juvenile Justice Systems Improvement Project in Arizona. He is also a certified Lead Evaluator for AdvancED.

AT is in the mATh
Bruce Kennedy MA, MPA, AT Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Harold Campbell, M.Ed., Math Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Salon K-L
Session Description
Assistive technology (AT) used to aid student understanding in the various levels of mAThemATics curricula comes in a variety of no/low tech, mid-tech and high tech tools and strategies in support of the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards. AT supports can include hands-on manipulatives, worksheet color coding strategies and various devices, tools, computer software, mobile device applications, and supportive web sites. Come to this session to calculate AT support for those students that struggle with math.

Presenter Information
Bruce Kennedy
has worked with people with disabilities for over 35 years, in the classroom, in the community, developing residential programs and employment opportunities while advocating for individual rights and inclusive policies. He has worked in public education, the Division of Developmental Disabilities and the Rehabilitation Services Administration. Bruce joined the Arizona Department of Education – Assistive Technology Team in July 2007. He has completed degrees in Special Education, Psychology, and Public Administration from Arizona State and Northern Arizona Universities and completed post graduate certification in Counseling & Rehabilitation at the University of Arizona.

Building a Foundation for District Native American Language Program
Nicole Horseherder, Federal Programs Director, Pinon Unified School District
Debora Norris, DAS Native American Education and Outreach, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Sabino
Session Description
Come see how Pinon Unified School District is addressing the complex challenges of Navajo Language learning and how the Navajo Content Standards, AZ Foreign Language & Native American Language standards are being used to build the backbone of such a program. There are a lot of Native American Language Programs in Arizona schools, each with unique goals for language proficiency. This session will explore a Navajo Language Program that is focused on building a strong foundation while simultaneously setting a program in place through phases.

Presenter Information
Nicole Horseherder
has a BA in Family and Consumer Resources from University of Arizona and M.A. in Linguistics from University of British Columbia. Nicole is the Federal Programs Director at Pinon Unified School District and the Acting Navajo Language Program Coordinator.

Hit the Bullseye with Targeted Assistance
Jill Jeanes, Title I Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Stacey McAndrew, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Executive Boardroom
Session Description
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 Information
Ms. 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 four years as a Title I Education Program Specialist.
Mrs. Stacey McAndrew was an elementary school teacher, Reading Specialist, private tutor, and Title I Coordinator over the course of 30 years. 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.

Let’s Talk: Engaging Children in Conversations
Lauren Zbyszinski, ECE Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Hospitality Parlor
Session Description
Engaging children in conversations fosters cognitive and social development for children. These benefits are greatly impacted by the quality of what is said in the conversation.
So, understanding that having extended conversations with children supports their cognitive development and increases positive interactions, the objective of this workshop is to:
1. To learn the key elements of meaningful conversations with young children
2. To identify the benefits of teachers engaging in conversations with young children
3. To understand strategies teachers can use to engage children in conversations
4. To identify opportunities in the classroom to have conversations with children.

Presenter Information
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.

Revising Arizona’s Arts Standards: Dive in and provide your input!
Lynn Tuttle, Director of Arts Education, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Rincon
Session Description
Come join the ADE and dive into our proposed academic standards in the arts! Drafted by a group of dedicated arts educators from across the state, now is the time to provide your feedback and input. Participants will have an opportunity to review the drafts, dialogue about the proposed standards, and give feedback directly to the ADE.

Presenter Information
Lynn Tuttle
is Director of Arts Education at the Arizona Department of Education. Her duties include acting as a liaison to the state’s arts educators; providing professional development in Arizona’s Academic Arts Standards, arts assessment and arts integration; and promoting quality arts education programs in Arizona’s schools.

The Coaching Voice: Strategies for Effective Instructional Feedback
Scott Maxwell, Director of School Improvement and Intervention, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Executive Board Room
Session Description
This presentation will provide instructional leaders with a series of frameworks on how to provide teachers effective instructional feedback. Participants will learn strategies, from targeted questioning to “on the spot” practice techniques, to support teachers to identify core instructional issues and develop concrete action steps to address those concerns.

Presenter Information
Scott Maxwell
is Director of Evaluation and Cross-Divisional Collaboration for the Arizona Department of Education’s School Improvement and Intervention unit.

This Coaching Observation Instrument is the New Black: One of Arizona’s Rising Stars for Title I Schools
Dr. Janice Johnson, REIL-TNG Program Director, Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA)
Suzanne Hofmann, REIL-TNG Field Specialist, MCESA
Rebecca Willey, REIL-TNG Field Specialist, MCESA
Session Location: Salon B
Session Description
As part of a TIF4 alliance, 11 Title I districts/LEAS came together and researched best practices to create a coaching evaluation tool that, when aligned to the evaluation expectations of the teacher and school leader, significantly increase ongoing student academic progress. Extensive professional development plays an integral role in the implementation success of the instrument and to the increases in student academic progress.

Presenter Information
Dr. Johnson,
as director of MCESA’s Teacher Incentive Fund, supports Title I districts in the implementation of successful rubric-based observation instruments for teachers, coaches, and leaders.

Weaving Music and Multicultural Literature Together: Arts Integration as a Natural Connection
Julie Patrick, Arts Integration Specialist, Tucson Unified School District; Opening Minds through the Arts
Dr. Joan Ashcraft, Director, TUSD Fine and Performing Arts/Opening Minds through the Arts
Session Location: Salon C
Session Description
Opening Minds through the Arts integrates AZCCRS standards with fine arts standards to enrich learning experiences for students and teachers alike. Lessons are designed and taught in collaboration with classroom teachers so that students can demonstrate their understanding of classroom instruction in a creative manner.

Presenter Information
Julie Patrick
is regarded as a master teacher, and a leading member for OMA’s implementation and research, She has taught 23rd years, focusing the last 11 years as an OMA Arts Integration Specialist.

Weaving practices with science content – what the research says about student learning
Lacey Wieser, Director of K-12 Science, STEM, and Social Studies, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Salon J
Session Description
Research shows that connecting science practices to the content and a system method for building on learning progressions moves students towards a deeper understanding of content and application of that knowledge.

Presenter Information
Lacey Wieser
is the Director of K-12 Science, STEM, and Social Studies as the Arizona Department of Education. In her role, she provides instructional support and professional development to support these standards.

Breakout Sessions 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Aging Out: Options and Opportunities for youth transitioning out of foster care
Lori Ollom-Tighe, Director of Transitional & Support Services, Arizona’s Children Association
Session Location: Santa Rita
Session Description
Aging Out is an informative presentation that examines the different options and opportunities that are presented to adolescents who are transitioning from foster care to independence. Attendees will learn about the choices a youth must make when ‘aging out’ out of foster care, the transition planning process and opportunities for postsecondary education. Participants will leave with tangible resources that will assist them in working with transitioning youth.

Presenter Information
Lori Ollom-Tighe
is responsible for the statewide contract with the Department of Child Safety that provides Independent Living Services to youth and young adults who are transitioning out of foster care to independence.

ALEAT Help Desk
Tee Lambert, ALEAT Help Desk and ESEA Monitoring Coordinator, Arizona Department of Education
Title I Program Specialists, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Salon J
Session Description
The Session will help ALEAT users through the 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 Information
Tee Lambert
has been with the Title I Unit of the Arizona Department of Education for over 10 years. Tee has worked with ALEAT from its inception in 2007 and mans the ALEAT Help Desk. Tee is also the ESEA Monitoring Coordinator, and works with the Arizona Committee of Practitioners as their clerk

Kindergarten Transition
Amy Corriveau, Deputy Associate Superintendent Early Childhood Education, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Hospitality Parlor
Session Description
Transition to Kindergarten is a year- long process. It does not start in January or February when elementary schools begin to offer Kindergarten Round-up or begin the registration process for children. The year before kindergarten is the ideal time for teachers to partner with parents to think about children’s strengths and challenges in order to help prepare children for their Kindergarten school year.

Presenter Information
Amy Corriveau
is the Deputy Associate Superintendent for Early Childhood Education and Director for the Head Start State Collaboration Office at the Arizona Department of Education. She is currently a member of the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in the State Department of Education, a member of the Early Childhood Development and Health Board as part of the First Things First Initiative as well as a member of the Head Start Association..

Moving From Targeted Assisted to Schoolwide Programs
Terry L. Strayhand, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Executive Boardroom
Session Description
Schools with Title I Targeted Assisted programs provide interventions solely for those students identified as most academically at-risk. Schools looking to transition to a Schoolwide program must plan for Comprehensive Schoolwide reform. As part of this transition, schools must review their entire academic program and research which Schoolwide reform model would best serve the needs of all the students in the school. Required components for program development will be reviewed.

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

Play Ball: The Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball Program
Daren Heaton, Manager of Education Programs, Arizona Diamondbacks
Ricardo Valerdi, Associate Professor, University of Arizona
Session Location: Salon C
Session Description
Come learn about the statistics of baseball, trajectory of ball flight, biomechanics of a pitch, and geometry on the baseball field. The Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball is guaranteed to make you a fan of STEM through interactive activities that will get you and your students running the bases in no time.

Presenter Information
Daren Heaton
is a Senior Account Executive for Education Programs with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Ricardo Valerdi is an Associate Professor of Systems Engineering at the University of Arizona.

Putting the ART in smART: math integration through the visual arts
Dr. Joan Ashcraft, Director, TUSD Fine Arts/OMA, Opening Minds through the Arts, Tucson Unified School District
Trista Tamura, Arts Integration Specialist, Opening Minds through the Arts, Tucson Unified School District
Amanda Dudek, Arts Integration Specialist, Opening Minds through the Arts, Tucson Unified School District
Session Location: Rincon
Session Description
OMA Arts Integration Specialists Amanda Dudek and Trista Tamura will present an interactive session focusing on AZCCRS math and visual art standards. Working collaboratively with classroom teachers, their lessons powerfully engage students’ creative problem solving skills and deepen understanding of mathematical concepts through visual arts integration.

Presenter Information
OMA Design Team members
represent a combined total of 35 years of educational practice in the field of arts integration. Continual research and student achievement data acquired from OMA have ensured the Arts’ value in curriculum and instruction.

Read On Arizona: Engaging Families Through Literacy
Terri Clark, Arizona Literacy Director, Read On Arizona
Session Location: Salon B
Session Description
Session will demonstrate how early language and emergent literacy can be a successful strategy for parent outreach and family engagement using the Early Literacy Guide for Families and the Continuum of Effective Literacy Practices developed through Read On Arizona.

Presenter Information
Terri Clark,
as Arizona Literacy Director, leads Read On Arizona, a public/private partnership committed to creating an effective continuum of supports to improve language and literacy outcomes for Arizona’s children from birth through age eight – delivering the right program at the right time to every child.

Targeted Learning Inside and Outside The Classroom: Professionalizing Family and School Partnerships
Dr. Maria C Paredes, Senior Program Associate, WestEd
Session Location: Salon A
Session Description
Academic excellence starts in the home with high family expectations for learning and achievement. Unfortunately, schools struggle with how to cultivate intentional and strategic partnerships with families that are focused on student learning. This workshop will provide you with concrete and explicit strategies to restructure your family engagement efforts and will transform the way teachers and families collaborate. Join the movement!

Presenter Information
Dr. Maria C Paredes
is nationally recognized expert and leader in the family engagement field. Paredes and her WestEd team work with schools and districts across the nation. Her research and contributions to education have revolutionized the way educators engage families as essential partners in school improvement.

The Joys of Going Google: Apps, Drive and the World of Chrome
Frank McCormick, Coordinator for Instructional Technology, Sunnyside Unified School District
Javier Baca, I.T. Director, Sunnyside Unified School District
Robert Calderon, Network Systems Administrator, Sunnyside Unified School District
Session Location: Salon K & L
Session Description
Frank McCormick is currently the Coordinator for Instructional Technology at the Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson Arizona and has presented at both the regional and national level on the subject of technology integration in schools. He is a former high school and middle school teacher who has also served as a technology coach and trainer at both the site and district level.

Presenter Information
Frank McCormick
is currently the Coordinator for Instructional Technology at the Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson Arizona and has presented at both the regional and national level on the subject of technology integration in schools. He is a former high school and middle school teacher who has also served as a technology coach and trainer at both the site and district level.

Toward a New Global Digital Education: Blended Online Learning-TCUSD-Stanford University-Redbird Advanced Learning
Harold G. Begay, Superintendent, Tuba City Unified School District
Walter Fowler, Director-District Tech System Tuba City Unified School District
Session Location: Sabino
Session Description
In our teaching and learning environment today, laptop notebooks are quickly giving way to smartphones, wireless tablets, iPods, Eboxes, e-Readers, Blu-ray players, YouTube, Web casting/video seminars, WebX, apps, blogs and other digital social media platforms. In our district, our investment in transforming teaching and learning toward digital electronic globalized education can be attributed to both our de facto and de jure segregation and a vision to leverage the very best international education for one of our most disenfranchised student population. The bottom line in making digital education a reality is the teachers and Stanford University and Redbird Advanced Learning staff working together as colleagues seriously engaged in constructing the highest quality learning environment in which for all students and adults alike can thrive

Presenter Information
Dr. Begay
is currently the Superintendent for Tuba City Unified School District #15, Tuba City, AZ. His specialty is in school transformation, applied neuroscience, and cognitive neurology.

Lunch ~ Kiva Ballroom 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Breakout Sessions 12:30 pm- 1:45 pm

Academic Advisory
Dr. Michael Gard, Assistant Principal, Central High School- Phoenix Union High School District
Jeanine Aguilar, SunsCentral Math Coach, Central High School – PUHSD
Sharon May, Science Teacher, Central High School – PUHSD
Session Location: Rincon
Session Description
Academic advisory is a form of structured intervention designed to increase student attachment with focus on academic performance. This session will discuss how Academic advisories are a time for students to focus on course work for classes in which they are struggling in and provide time for the teacher to meet with the students individually.

Presenter Information
Dr. Michael Gard
is currently the Assistant Principal of Instruction at Central High School and earned his Doctorate in Educational Administration and
Supervision at ASU with an area of research in Academic Advisory Periods.

Fun Filled Family Nights
Tawnya Caldwell, Principal, Desert Winds Elementary, Marana Unified School District.
Tycilynn Western, 3rd grade teacher and Family Engagement Coordinator, Desert Winds Elementary
Cassandra Hoyt, Parent Liaison, Desert Winds Elementary
Session Location: Salon B
Session Description
Desert Winds used to have about 10% or less of families attending family nights. Since we have changed our approach, we are getting 50%-60% of our families attending. We do this by making the events super fun for the kids by picking a theme they just can’t resist. Once we have the parents’ attention, we try very hard to engage them in activities they can easily replicate at home to help their child learn. We know you can be just as successful with your family nights…so come and hear how to be!

Presenter Information
Tawnya Caldwell
of Desert Winds Elementary. She has been at DWE for the last 18 years either in a teaching or administrator role. Family involvement has been a long time passion for Tawnya.

Leading by Convening to Sustain Change in Practice
William McQueary, Ed Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Linda Rudd, Transition Coordinator, Peoria Unified School District
Linda Tasco, Director for DDD, Department of Economic Security
Session Location: Salon A
Session Description
Participants will be introduced to Leading by convening is a hybrid leadership strategy that focuses on the change required in human behavior in order to initiate, implement and sustain any change initiative. Leading by convening merges the technical aspects of change (the content) with the human aspect (why this change) to enhance the capacity and capability of the field (stakeholders) to implement and sustain change. Two initiatives that successfully used leading by convening to create and sustain and change in practice will be shared. The participants will identify an issue and apply the principles to that issue..

Presenter Information
Mr. William (Bill) McQueary
has enjoyed the profession of serving individuals with a disability for over thirty-four years with nineteen years of that experience in the Peoria Unified School District as a regular education teacher, resource teacher, self-contained teacher, transition specialist/coordinator and most recently as a Co- Coordinator then Co-Director of Special Education. Currently Bill serves as the ADE/ESS Community of Practice Coordinator for the Professional Learning and Sustainability Division. Bill has worked closely with the National Community of Practice (NCoP) in Alexandria, Virginia for the past twelve years. NCoP has used the leading by convening leadership strategy and has developed the blueprint for leading by convening.

Move on When Reading – The Who, What, When, and How to Implement
Sherry Zeeb, Director of K-3 Reading, Arizona State Board of Education
Mary Wennersten, Director of K-5 Literacy, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Executive Boardroom
Session Description
This session will provide participants with the current information on the implementation of Move on When Reading Legislation along with resources and support to assist LEA’s and charters in providing effective literacy instruction for all K-3rd grade students. Participants will understand who will be exempt or retained, what options are available for those who are retained; when and how the funds, data and plans are to be submitted and what resources and support are available.

Presenter Information
Sherry Zeeb
is the Director of K-3 Reading for the AZ State Board of Education. Sherry has been in education for 20 years. She is a former Reading Specialist, Title I Specialist and Race to the Top Facilitator.

National Family and Community Engagement Framework: Compass in Building Capacity for Student Achievement and School Improvement
Raquel Alvara, Family Engagement Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Salon K & L
Session Description
US Department of Education released the National Family and Community Engagement Framework in April, 2014. Come join this interactive presentation to hear how this recent publication can best be used to serve our schools, families and communities to build capacity for student achievement and school improvement.

Presenter Information
Raquel Alvara, M.A.,
Education Program & Family Engagement Specialist, 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.

Reading and the Brain: Looking at the First Five Years
Lauren Zbyszinski, ECE Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Nicol Russell, Early Childhood Special Education Director, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Hospitality Parlor
Session Description
This session is about uncovering the “how a child learns to read”. It will incorporate research information on the brain development, continuum of learning, and skill sets that are developing and needed in young learners progression in reading.

Presenter Information
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.

Weaving practices with science content – what the research says about student learning.
Lacey Wieser, Director of K-12 Science, STEM, and Social Studies, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Salon J
Session Description
Research shows that connecting science practices to the content and a system method for building on learning progressions moves students towards a deeper understanding of content and application of that knowledge.

Presenter Information
Lacey Wieser
is the Director of K-12 Science, STEM, and Social Studies as the Arizona Department of Education. In her role, she provides instructional support and professional development to support these standards.

The 3-to-3rd Project: Effective Math Instruction for Navajo children age 3 to grade 3
Mark Sorensen, CEO, The STAR School
Session Location: Sabino
Session Description
Dealing effectively with the Achievement Gap in Math for Native American children: Start early, encourage exploration, and use high quality materials. Come and see video presentations of actual classroom instruction and major program features developed by the STAR School serving rural Navajo families. We have taken the lessons learned from early childhood instruction and informed our K-3 instruction.

Presenter Information
Dr. Mark Sorensen
is the co-founder and CEO of the STAR School, an off-grid solar powered pre-K through 8th grade charter school located on the edge of the Navajo Nation. He has been an administrator of Navajo schools for 35 years.
Transformative Transition: Changing The Paradigm for Achieving Measurable Successful Transition
Dorothy Wodraska, Director of Juvenile Transition, Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA)
Paul Johnson, Regional Transition Coordinator, MCESA
Session Location: Santa Rita
Session Description
Skill building in collaboration is part of reengineering systems to focus on successful transformative transition and will be a main emphasis in this presentation. This workshop will feature a multisystem collaborative that brings together education, probation/parole, mental health, child welfare, and community partners to increase skill in building a transparent process of open communication and sharing of data and resources to facilitate successful transformative transition.

Presenter Information
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.

Tucson Village Farm: Science, Art and Leadership
Elizabeth Sparks, 4-H Youth Development, Assistant Agent, University of Arizona
Natalie Shepp, Program Coordinator, University of Arizona
Session Location: Salon C
Session Description
In this fun and interactive workshop you will learn several tried and true educational activities from Tucson Village Farm including, dissecting a whole grain, investigating phytonutrients, the science of vermicomposting (worms), incorporating art in the garden, and games that promote teamwork and leadership.

Presenter Information
Elizabeth Sparks, M.Ed.
. is a University of Arizona 4-H Youth Development Assistant Agent. Elizabeth has worked at Pima County Cooperative Extension for 13 years developing experiential and innovative programs that inspire youth towards healthy living and connecting with nature.

Breakout Sessions 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Conducting Instructional and Leadership Conversations to Support Educator Evaluation
Susan Poole, Education Program Specialist, Effective Teachers and Leaders, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Executive Boardroom
Session Description
Evaluating educators is complex and complicated. It requires a wide range of knowledge, logistics, skills, and trustful professional relationships. The most important part of the process is the one-on-one conference that evaluators have with evaluatees. In order for educators to be open to improvement and change, they must have an environment of trust and have respect for the evaluator. Through interactive small and large group activities as well as role play, participants in this session will hone the skills, strategies, and conversational protocols to build the environment where educators can reach self-reflection for improvement and celebrate success.

Presenter Information
Susan Poole
is currently an Education Program Specialist with ADE, working in the Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders Division, specializing in Principal Evaluation. Susan has 30 years of educational experience, twenty of those years as a middle school principal. Susan has a deep love for educating children and a passion for school-based leadership.

Do you want to have a Structured Parent Involvement Program? Come and Find Out!!
Lizzie Z. Menefee, Parent Liaison Coordinator, Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District
Stephen Schadler, Assistant Supt., Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District
Maria Chacon, Assistant Supt., Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District
Yolanda Felix, Parent Liaison, Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District
Session Location: Salon K & L
Session Description
Are you creating meaningful parent volunteer activities and community involvement? We managed to make the necessary changes by having the District develop an all site requirement for parent involvement. Then, each Principal was given an introduction to the District’s philosophy. A district parent liaison coordinator was hired to develop an action plan and needs assessment.

Presenter Information
Ms. Lizzie Z. Menefee
has been involved in education for the last 26 yrs. She has experience in teaching middle school, pre-school, adult education, technology integration and kindergarten. She is now the Prevention Specialists at her school site at Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District #35.

Dramatic Play in the Early Childhood Classroom
Terry Doolan, ECE Director, Arizona Department of Education
Lauren Zbyszinski, ECE Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Hospitality Parlor
Session Description
In this interactive session participants will learn the importance of Dramatic Play and the teacher’s role in setting up a quality scenario. Participants will walk through and engage in example Dramatic Play centers and activities, dialogue in small groups, and have opportunity for extension. In addition, a dramatic play plan will be reviewed and participants will use the plan to develop a dramatic play scenario for their classrooms.

Presenter Information
Terry Doolan
is Director for Early Childhood Education with the Arizona Department of Education. Terry has been with the department for six and a half years. Prior to joining the ADE, Terry worked at Maricopa County Head Start for 14 years as a teacher, mentor and Education Coordinator. Terry’s additional experiences involve serving as the chairperson of the EVIT Advisory Committee for Early Childhood Education and sitting on the First Things First Early Learning Advisory Committee.

How to support English Language Learners in the Mathematics Classroom
Suzi Mast, Director of Mathematics, Arizona Department of Education
Andrea Grabow, OELAS Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Mohave East and West
Session Description
This session will allow participants to make connections between the English Language Proficiency Standards and AZCCRS in Mathematics content and practice standards. The AZCCRS in Mathematics will be addressed with integration of the ELP Standards within instructional practices. Participants will experience how performance indicators form the English Language Proficiency Standards for Listening and Speaking and Language can be integrated into mathematics lessons and instruction.

Presenter Information
Suzi Mast
is the Director of K-12 Mathematics Standards and Educational Technology at the Arizona Department of Education. Andrea Grabow is a Professional Development Specialist in OELAS at the Arizona Department of Education.

Looking Past the Limelight of Digital Curriculum
Stephanie Ponce, Digital Content Coordinator, Sunnyside Unified School District
Erika Hannemann, Intervention Coordinator, Sunnyside Unified School District
Session Location: Salon J
Session Description
In the purchase and implementation of digital curriculum and tech-based interventions SUSD has ventured out to incorporate a strong selection process that allows usability of programs with multiple devices, connection to student and learning management system, and support for staff to grow knowledge and functionality of the programs. We will present the rubrics utilized, the technology requirements and the overall process of identifying quality content programs.

Presenter Information
Stephanie Ponce, M.IS
has been in education 11 years and 5 years in a technology rich environment.
Ericka Hannemann, M.Ed. has been in education 12 years and 3 years in technology assisted interventions.

NATIVE Core!- Integrating Native Culture and Language Across the Curriculum
Adair Klopfenstein, Native American Studies Director, Tuba City unified School District
Session Location: Sabino
Session Description
Participants will take back with them information to guide in process of integrating a holistic Indian education model into native schools. Immediately applicable information to enable transference of native culture and language principals that act as an umbrella for native school districts, and for schools seeking to meet the needs of their native communities, into any content area.

Presenter Information
Adair Klopfenstein
is currently the Native American Studies Director and Grant Specialist for the Tuba City Unified School District #15. Adair has been a High School classroom teacher for 16 years prior to entering the Administrative field. He specializes in Navajo Culture and Language programs, as well as Academic programs for Native youth K-12 which integrate native teachings and philosophy of learning.

School Improvement 101: How to Get Out or Stay Out
Robert Gray, Director of School Improvement, Arizona Department of Education
Devon Isherwood, Director of School Improvement, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Rincon
Session Description
This session will provide insight into the four different categories of school improvement status and what this means for school improvement planning. While we will cover the basics of Priority, Focus and Pre-Intervention status, the best practices and mindsets needed to improve outcomes for students will be explored.

Presenter Information
Robert Gray
has been with School Improvement for eight years and currently serves as a Director. He has been deeply involved in both Federal and State accountability processes at the state department level. has been with School Improvement for eight years and currently serves as a Director. He has been deeply involved in both Federal and State accountability processes at the state department level.

School-wide Student Growth: No Excuses – MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Mike Davis, Principal – Pioneer Elementary, Gilbert Public Schools
Amy Yanez, Reading Coach, Gilbert Public Schools
Kristi Martin, Math Specialist, Gilbert Public Schools
Session Location: Salon B
Session Description
Pioneer Elementary used PLC’s, SMART goals, and an intervention/extension period based on formative assessments to create a learning environment that strives for significant student growth. Gold Rush, the Buried Treasure List, and our student tracker booklets team up with our Title I and special education staff to make sure every student in our school has an individual education plan.

Presenter Information
Mike Davis
is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Superior and University of Northern Arizona, serving as Principal at Pioneer for five years. Mr. Davis also served as assistant principal/athletic director at the Jr. High level for two years, and was a Jr. High math teacher for seven years.

Tolleson Elementary School District’s Ongoing Journey as a STEM District
Juan Medrano, STEM & Assessment Director, Tolleson Elementary School District
Session Location: Santa Rita
Session Description
This presentation will describe the journey of the Tolleson Elementary School District in fostering community support and establishing community partnerships to provide a diverse package of STEM opportunities for all students in an ongoing process of developing an identity as a STEM district.

Presenter Information
Juan Medrano
has been an educator in the Tolleson Elementary School District for 17 years as a teacher, site level administrator and most recently, STEM and Assessment Director. He is proud to be a part of an outstanding team committed to providing students with high quality opportunities as problem-solvers.

Celebration of Schools ~ Kiva Ballroom 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Keynote Speaker: Cindy Marten

Session descriptions will be posted daily.

Updated 10/31/2014