Wednesday, November 20

Tuesday Sessions At a Glance
Registration & Breakfast Buffet 7:00 – 8:00 am:   Wigwam Ballroom

General Session: Superintendent Huppenthal 8:00 – 9:00 am

Breakout Sessions 9:15 – 10:30 am

Flagstaff Family Resource Center: Connecting Families to Schools & the Community
♦ Sylvia A. Johnson, Director of Educational Enrichment, Flagstaff Unified School District
♦ Cara Slaughter, Assistant Director of Educational Enrichment, Flagstaff Unified School District
♦ Stephanie Sivak, McKinney-Vento and Neglected & Delinquent Liaison, Flagstaff Unified School District

Session Location:  Mohave East
Session Description
Learn about Flagstaff’s experiences collaborating with the community to develop and expand its districtwide Family Resource Center which provides a variety of parent and community resources, adult classes and K-12 tutoring, as well as direct services, advocacy and community referrals for students and families in crisis.

Presenter Information
Sylvia A. Johnson oversees Flagstaff USD federal, state and local projects focused on underserved populations.
Cara Slaughter supervises the FUSD Family Resource Center, supporting Title I and family engagement activities.
Stephanie Sivak serves as a liaison between schools and the families of homeless and/or neglected or delinquent students.

Parent University: Educate, Inspire, Empower
♦ Joe Negrón Parent Outreach Coordinator, Washington Elementary School District
Session Location:  Mohave West
Session Description
Current research indicates that parent and family engagement is a key ingredient for implementing the type of school reform that will lead to increased student achievement. In this presentation, you will learn how WESD’s Parent University promotes the type of proactive parent and family engagement that educates, inspires, and empowers families to become active partners in their children’s education.

Presenter Information
Joe Negrón has been an educator in the Washington Elementary School District for 17 years. He has served as a building principal, and most recently, as the district’s Parent Outreach Coordinator.

Creating Innovation through Process versus Product Art
♦ Lauren Preston, Early Childhood Education Program Specialist, ADE
Session Location:  Sachem East
Session Description
The acts of exploring and creating are what really matters with young children. Join us as we actively explore the benefits of a creatively stimulating classroom. Learn the difference between process and product art and their place in the early childhood classroom. Discuss the teachers’ role in teaching art, review your existing repertoire of activities and discover new ways you can intentionally foster children’s creative expression.

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

The Desert West Story of True Family Engagement through Academic Parent and Teacher Teams
♦ Bill Heintz, Principal, Imagine Schools – Desert West
♦ Davitta Hernandez, Dean of Academics, Imagine Schools – Desert West
♦ Cindy Trejo, Director 21st CCLC, ADE

Session Location:  Sachem West
Session Description
True family engagement is much more that having parents come to see their child earn a certificate of participation or eat a spaghetti dinner. Come and hear how to improve traditional family involvement activities for more meaningful at home and school connections. Desert West will share their story about the power of Academic Parent and Teacher Teams.

Presenter Information
Bill Heintz has been with Desert West from the school very beginning and understands the school and family culture. His desire to empower families and improve home and school connection was instrumental to the success of APTT in its first year.
Davitta Hernandez taught grades Kindergarten, third, sixth, and seventh. She was a English Language Development Coach as well as a Curriculum Coach. She has been a principal in both district and charter schools and presently serves as the Dean of Academics.

LearnPad: The “Purpose Built for Education” Tablet
♦ Will Dunham, CCS Presentation Systems
♦ Laura Hawkins, CCS Presentation Systems
♦ Julie Solomon, CCS Presentation Systems

Session Location:  Kivas – Computer Lab
Session Description
Tablets are just a part of a successful one-to one roll out and the LearnPad is the only proven “Purpose Built for Education” tablet solution. See how LearnPad’s web based management software allows teachers to control multiple tablets, monitor student activity, and deploy any number of their existing digital devices to students.

Presenter Information
Will and Laura, former educators, now work for CCS as K-12 Account Managers. Julie developed the CCS Training Centers and taught technology integration to thousands.

Investing in the Future of Youth In Foster Care   +
♦ Meghan Arrigo, Manager- Arizona Youth Opportunity Initiative, Children’s Action Alliance
♦ Pete Hershberger, Manager, FosterEd Arizona

Session Location:  Sahuaro
Session Description
FosterEd and the Children’s Action Alliance are working to create statewide foster youth education programs, transition services and supports, and public policy to ensure that our most vulnerable children and young adults succeed in school, and in life.

Presenter Information
Meghan Arrigo is the Manager of the Arizona Youth Opportunity Initiative for Children’s Action Alliance. She has more than 10 years of experience in youth development, community organizing and mobilizing the voices of marginalized peoples.
Pete Hershberger is the Manager for FosterEd Arizona. He has worked in juvenile justice, child welfare and behavioral health in Tucson, Arizona for over 30 years. Pete is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who has worked in direct services in institutional, residential and community settings as well as administration. He has supervised both foster care and therapeutic foster care programs.
Handouts:  |  FosterEd PPT  |  AZ Youth Opportunity Initiative PPT  |  Scholarships & Financial Aid

Read On Arizona: Engaging Families through Literacy   +
♦ Terri Clark, Arizona Literacy Director, Read On Arizona
Session Location: Palo Verde
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 developed through Read On Arizona.

Presenter Information
Terri Clark is the Arizona Literacy Director and 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.
Handouts:  |  PowerPoint  |  Early Literacy Guide for Families  |  50 Fun Ideas

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

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

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

Breakout Sessions 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Embracing the Possible; Transforming our Community through Technology  +
♦ Edwin Dawson, Director Federal Programs, Sunnyside Unified School District
♦ Andrea Foster, Parent Engagement Coordinator, Sunnyside Unified School District
♦ Kathy Dong, District Technology Coach, Sunnyside Unified School District
♦ Frank McCormick, District Technology Coach, Sunnyside Unified School District

Session Location:  Mohave East
Session Description
A successful digital learning environment doesn’t stop with distributing laptops. Successful implementation of classroom technology includes parent and community involvement which is a vital part of student academic achievement. Come hear what you can do to leverage the power of technology to increase parent and student engagement within your district.

Presenter Information
Dr. Dawson and his team share 60 years of combined experience in Education and have helped develop various facets of SUSD’s technology initiative.
Handouts:  Materials & Resources  or   http://bit.ly/susdmega2013

Making Science Accessible to All Students  +
♦ Cheryl Dunham, K-12 Science Specialist, ADE
♦ Lacey Wieser, Director Science and Social Studies, ADE

Session Location:  Mohave West
Session Description
Explore case studies illustrating the implementation of effective classroom strategies with diverse student groups. Case studies accompanying the Next Generation Science Standards offer a clear vision of rigorous science instruction and provide context for addressing achievement gaps and educational policies.

Presenter Information
Lacey Wieser, Director of Science and Social Studies and Cheryl Dunham, K-12 Science Specialist provide instructional support for Arizona educators and are located within the Arizona Department of Education.
Handout:  PowerPoint

Arizona’s College & Career Ready Standards and the new Early Learning Standards 3rd Edition
♦ Amy Corriveau, Deputy Associate Superintendent of Early Childhood Education, ADE
♦ Lauren Preston, Early Childhood Education Program Specialist, ADE

Session Location:  Sachem East
Session Description
This presentation will illustrate for ECE professionals how the work of early childhood education supports the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards in kindergarten. Highlights include the reframing of our work as well as outlining the major educational shifts that will support the evolution of a child’s thinking.

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. While employed with ADE she has been a Program Specialist for both Full Day Kindergarten and Early Childhood Special Education. She was previously an executive board member for the Valley of the Sun Association for the Education of Young Children. She is currently a member of the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in the State Department of Education and a member of the Head Start Association.

Engaging Partners in Strategic Alliances For Greater Student Achievement
♦ Martha Petty, Executive Director, Flowing Wells Extension Programs
♦ Dr. Nic Clement, Ernest W. McFarland Citizen’s Chair in Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University, College of Education

♦ Cindy Trejo, 21st CCLC Director, ADE
Session Location:  Sachem West
Session Description
Flowing Wells School District engages many partners in order to maximize opportunities for students to engage in education. Strong community involvement leads to innovative and exciting programs for at risk learners. Come and learn about the way partnerships further learning in this district and the latest research behind building effective partnerships,

Presenter Information
Martha Petty is an Arizona native that has worked in the after school profession for over 25 years. She is masterful at levering funds for afterschool programs and engaging community, business and faith based organizations.

LearnPad: The “Purpose Built for Education” Tablet (Repeat Session)
♦ Will Dunham, CCS Presentation Systems
♦ Laura Hawkins, CCS Presentation Systems
♦ Julie Solomon, CCS Presentation Systems

Session Location:  Kivas – Computer Lab
Session Description
Tablets are just a part of a successful one-to one roll out and the LearnPad is the only proven “Purpose Built for Education” tablet solution. See how LearnPad’s web based management software allows teachers to control multiple tablets, monitor student activity, and deploy any number of their existing digital devices to students.

Presenter Information
Will and Laura, former educators, now work for CCS as K-12 Account Managers. Julie developed the CCS Training Centers and taught technology integration to thousands.

“Making Hope Happen” – Transforming Juveniles Through Successful Transition  +
♦ Dorothy (Dottie) Wodraska, Director of Juvenile Transition, Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA)
♦ Derrick Platt, Regional Transition Coordinator, MCESA
♦ Angie Pogue, Director of Literacy/Prevention, MCESA

Session Location:  Sahuaro
Session Description
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 students. Transforming Juveniles Through Successful Transitions (TJST) is “Making Hope Happen”.

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.
Handout:  PowerPoint

Innovations in Cross District Collaboration for Student Success   +
♦ Maxine Daly, Deputy Associate Superintendent, ADE
♦ Kay Schreiber, State School Counselors Contact, ADE
♦ School District Representatives, Colorado River Union High School District and Bullhead City Elementary School District
♦ School District Representatives, Phoenix Union High School District and Phoenix Elementary School District

Session Location:  Palo Verde
Session Description
Collaboration is difficult, but not an impossible challenge to overcome. Our panel of local education leaders will share their challenges and successes in developing positive collaborations between non-unified elementary and high school districts. Learn how to build the bridges that influence the academic success for all students at critical transition points. Create a successful plan of action based upon your needs and interests. Friendly, open discussion encouraged.

Presenter Information
Maxine Daly
and Kay Schreiber have extensive backgrounds in school administration and curriculum. Both are keenly focused on increasing success for students at all levels of education.
Handout:  PowerPoint

Family, School, and Community Partnerships: Successful Strategies for Involving Migrant Education Parents   +
♦ Becky Raabe, Family Engagement Specialist, ADE
♦ Maria Silva, Migrant Education Program Director, Queen Creek USD
♦ Miguel Garcia, Migrant Education Program Director, Queen Creek USD

Session Location:  Arizona Room
Session Description
During Family Engagement Month, ADE is focused on strengthening family, school, and community partnerships. Learn about ADE’s Family Engagement Initiative and the Queen Creek Unified School District, Migrant Education Program, which is a remarkable example of a school system that operationalizes evidence-based family engagement principles to impact student achievement. Learn strategies to promote meaningful home, school, and community partnerships that lead to improved student outcomes.

Presenter Information
Miguel Garcia,
CMPI (Certified Manager for Program Improvements), is the Queen Creek Migrant Education Program, Assistant Director, and the Adult Education Director of Instruction.
Maria J Silva, CMPI (Certified Manager for Program Improvements) is the Queen Creek Special Projects Director for the Family Resource Center, Migrant Education, Adult Education, and McKinney-Vento.
Handouts:  PowerPoint  |  Family Engagement Initiative PPT

Celebrating Schools Luncheon 12:15 – 1:15

Breakout Sessions 1:30 – 2:45 pm

Move On When Reading-The Nuts and Bolts of the Law   +
♦ Cindy Daniels, Director of K-3 Reading, State Board of Education
Session Location:  Mohave East
Session Description
This session will cover the interpretation of MOWR and A.R.S. § 15-701. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of how their plans drive their literacy instruction.

Presenter Information
Cindy Daniels has been in education 35 years, most recently Principal of Echo Mountain Primary, a K-3 school in the Paradise Valley USD. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy/Reading and Language. She is currently the Director of K-3 Reading for the Arizona State Board of Education and the Move On when Reading Legislation.
Handout:  PowerPoint

What it takes to be a Title I National Distinguished School
♦ Christine Hollingsworth, Principal, Acacia Elementary School
♦ Audra Bailey, Program Coach, Acacia Elementary School

Session Location:  Mohave West
Session Description
Acacia Elementary School serves a population of 79% free and reduced lunch with students speaking 11 different languages. Last year we earned the honor of Arizona National Title I Distinguished School. We enjoy sharing how we have gone from an underperforming school in 2003 to an “A” label school in addition to being an Arizona A+ School of Excellence. If we can do it, so can you!

Presenter Information
Christine Hollingsworth is the Principal of Acacia Elementary. She has degrees in Elementary and Special Education in addition to Educational Leadership. She is also a 2012 Arizona Rodel Exemplary Principal.

Approaches to Learning: Sparking Innovation with Initiative and Curiosity
♦ Nicol Russell, Early Childhood Special Education Director, ADE
♦ Lauren Preston, Early Childhood Education Program Specialist, ADE

Session Location:  Sachem East
Session Description
Approaches to Learning are defined as, “Observable behaviors that indicate ways children become engaged in social interactions and learning experiences.” In this interactive session, participants will uncover the layers of Approaches to Learning, with a specific emphasis on Initiative, Curiosity, and exploring the connections to executive functions of the brain.

Presenter Information
Nicol Russell has served as an advocate in Early Childhood Education for many years, spanning from teacher to director. Her area of expertise and interest is executive function, and helping to share effective instructional strategies with teachers to foster these skills in all children. Currently, Nicol is the Early Childhood Special Education Director.

Enhancing Student Achievement through an ADE Family Engagement Model   +
♦ Raquel Alvara, Education Program Specialist, ADE
♦ Becky Raabe, Family Engagement Specialist, ADE

Session Location:  Sachem West
Session Description
The ADE Family Engagement Initiative is a cross-division collaboration of 14 units whose work to promote academic achievement includes a family involvement component. Program specialists have combined their expertise and resources to offer families, schools, and the community evidence-based strategies to enhance family engagement.

Presenter Information
Raquel Alvara, M.A., Migrant Education Program Specialist, has worked with ADE for over 2 years, where one of her main responsibilities centers on parent involvement. Prior to ADE, Raquel served as an elementary teacher for 10 years in Texas, Maryland, and Arizona. She also served as an SES Program Administrator and an Academic Advisor within Higher Education.
Becky Raabe, M.A., Family Engagement Specialist for Exceptional Student Services, has worked with ADE for 25 years to promote family, school, and community partnerships that help all students achieve success.
Handout:  PowerPoint  |  Reading Sampler

Building 21st Century Classrooms with the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards   +
♦ Tracy Watanabe, Technology Integration Specialist & Arizona College and Career Ready Standards Co-Coordinator, Apache Junction Unified School District
♦ Shauna Hamman, Teacher, Apache Junction Unified School District
♦ Amber Moore, Teacher, Apache Junction Unified School District
♦ Jodi Walker, Arizona College and Career Ready Standards Coach, Apache Junction Unified School District
♦ Jon Castelhano, Technology Director, Apache Junction Unified School District

Session Location:  Kivas – Computer Lab
Session Description
Arizona College and Career Ready Standards, 21st century learning, global collaborations, and project-based learning go hand-in-hand. During this session, we will present how the four of these complement each other in the classroom; and how the teacher, Arizona College and Career Ready coach, Technology Integration Specialist, and Technology Director can nurture that 21st century, student-centered learning environment; and the student achievement results.

Presenter Information
Tracy Watanabe is the Technology Integration Specialist and Arizona College and Career Ready Standards Co-Coordinator for the Apache Junction Unified School District. Prior to her district role, she was an innovative elementary classroom teacher for eleven years.
Handout:  Resources

Be the Difference: Working with At-risk Youth  +
♦ Jim Lovett, N&D State Coordinator, ADE
Session Location:  Sahuaro
Session Description
Sometimes students with the best intentions seem to lose their strong guidance signal and end up experiencing problem within out 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 plan and program to measure and improve outcomes for their most at-risk student populations. This presentation will include information and updates on the Juvenile Justice Systems Improvement Project in 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 Maricopa County Guiding Coalition as part of the Juvenile Justice Systems Improvement Project in Arizona. He is also a certified Lead Evaluator for AdvancED.
Handout:  PowerPoint

Reading and Writing Through a Disciplinary Lens
♦ Cheryl Dunham, K-12 Science Specialist, ADE
♦ Jennifer Quarelli-Buck, English Language Arts Specialist, ADE

Session Location:  Palo Verde
Session Description
Reading and writing through a disciplinary lens provides a focus for deeper learning in all content area courses. Disciplinary habits of mind can extend students’ reading comprehension and writing skills by providing scaffolds for thinking and evaluating discipline specific evidence. Participants will identify characteristics of discipline specific texts and discuss ways to help students critically navigate these texts

Presenter Information
Jennifer Quarelli-Buck and Cheryl Dunham, are Education Program Specialists with the K-12 Standards division of the Arizona Department of Education.

Moving Forward with ALEAT
♦ Nancy Konitzer, DAS for Title I and Consolidated Activities, ADE
♦ David Bogdonoff, Project Technology Director, WestEd
♦ Libby Rognier, Senior Research Associate, WestEd

Session Location:  Arizona Room
Session Description
This session will allow attendees to participate in the discussion of ALEAT for school year 14-15. What applications should be included in ALEAT? What is needed to provide the tools to develop a comprehensive LEA and School level Continuous Improvement Plans?

Presenter Information
Nancy Konitzer, is the Deputy Associate Superintendent for Title I and Consolidated Activities at the Arizona Department of Education
David Bogdonoff, is WestEd’s Project Technology Director, responsible for the development and technical implementation of ALEAT
Libby Rognier, is WestEd’s Senior Research Associate, providing support to ADE

Breakout Sessions 3:00 – 4:15 pm

Move on When Reading: One District’s Approach   +
♦ Alyce Layden, Teacher, Fowler Elementary School District
♦ Evelyn Garcia, Principal, Fowler Elementary School District
♦ Marco Ruiz, Principal, Fowler Elementary School District

Session Location: Mohave East
Session Description
Fowler First Grade Academy was established to help provide a supportive environment for our at-risk first grade students and address the legislative mandate “Move On When Reading”. Explicit guidelines allow for a targeted selection of students who would most benefit from this program. The program provides a specialized, “hands-on” approach to learning.

Presenter Information
Alyce Layden has been in the educational field for over 35 years as a classroom teacher and reading specialist. She currently is the teacher of Fowler First Grade Academy.
Handout:  PowerPoint

Arts Integration in Schoolwide Programs: Putting the Arts to Work for Academic Achievement  +
♦ Lynn Tuttle, Director of Arts Education, ADE
♦ Terry Strayhand, Title I Specialist, ADE

Session Location: Mohave West
Session Description
Arizona has supported arts integration as a Scientifically Based Research option for Schoolwide programs for almost a decade. Learn how arts integration can be a successful part of your schoolwide program, and why arts integration is beneficial for Arizona students.

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

Innovation in Japanese Education   +
♦ Mark McManus, Title I Education Program Specialist, ADE
Session Location: Aztec A
Session Description
Internationally, the Japanese education system has ranked among the best in the world for the past 50 years. In international tests of math sponsored by the IEA held in 1964 and 1980, Japan ranked number one. In the Test of International Math and Science Study held since 1995, Japan has consistently ranked in the top five nations. This presentation will address innovations in education that have allowed the country to maintain one of the top education systems in the world.

Presenter Information
Mark McManus taught more than 20 years as ELD Program Coordinator for junior-senior high school in Nagasaki, Japan. Two years as Education Program Specialist in Title III Office of English Language Acquisition Services. Three years as Parent Involvement Coordinator in Title I ESEA.
Handout:  PowerPoint

Leveling Up: The Power and Promise of Game-Infused Learning
♦ Lee McIlroy,
Senior Researcher, Center for Games & Impact – Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, ASU
Session Location: Aztec B & C
Session Description
The Center for Games & Impact in the Mary Lou Teachers College at Arizona State University will highlight the ways in which game-infused learning can impact teaching and learning. The Center’s work extends definitive lines of inquiry in the learning sciences regarding how people learn, best teacher practices, leveraging games for classrooms, and design-based research. Preliminary results of a mixed methods pilot study of a compelling population of students in an urban school district will also be discussed.

Presenter Information
Lee McIlroy is the Senior Research Specialist with the Center for Games and Impact. His career in education has focused on exploring and strengthening the disjoint between research, policy and practice. Lee has served as the Director of Accountability with the Arizona Department of Education, overseeing the implementation of state and federal accountability policy for Arizona’s public schools. Prior to joining the Center for Games & Impact, Lee worked as a Senior Researcher with the Arizona Charter Schools Association, conducting research and analyses and providing school districts throughout the state with technical assistance and instructional strategies that support the implementation of the Arizona College and Career Ready State Standards and upcoming PARCC assessments. Lee began his educational career as a K- 12 public school teacher in Arizona and California. Lee has published several peer-reviewed articles, large-scale research studies and policy papers. He is also a doctoral student in the Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College interested in examining relationships between measures of college readiness, assessments and high school course-taking patterns.

Innovative Classroom Environments
♦ Lauren Preston, Early Childhood Education Program Specialist, ADE
Session Location: Sachem East
Session Description
As educators of young children we want our students and their families to feel safe and secure in their learning environment. Please join us as we explore how to create an early childhood environment that reflects belonging and facilitates learning. Don’t miss this opportunity to develop a working knowledge of how to build a community of learners through intentional classroom design.

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

Engaging Difficult to Reach Families   +
♦ Brad Pico, Federal programs Director, Sacaton Elementary School District
Session Location:  Sachem West
Session Description
This presentation contains information modeled after many sources gathered by scholars and their professional research on Family Engagement activities and philosophies. This presentation will give attendees ideas and suggestions in regards to activities that may be useful and appropriate for their schools that have hard to reach parents. This presentation will stress the importance of “Relationships” in the engagement process. All the creative strategies in the world will never compensate for poor parent/community relationships.

Presenter Information
Brad Pico, has 21 years of services in public education. (Secondly English teacher, social studies, Phys. Ed,) Currently Brad, is the Federal Programs Director in Sacaton, AZ where he serves the School District as their Federal Grants Writer, Brad also directs their Federal Programs and is the McKinney-Vento Liaison.
Handout:  PowerPoint

Intel Teach and Arizona College and Career Ready Standards – The Perfect Marriage
♦ Cathy Poplin, DAS Ed Tech, ADE
Session Location:  Kivas – Computer Lab
Session Description
Intel Teach Elements online courses are aligned to support Arizona’s College and Career Standards. Learn how this series of online professional development can help your teachers to make the connection between Math, ELA, literacy content and technology. Time will be provided to explore each course.

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

How Do We Prepare Arizona Students for the 3 C’s?
♦ John Balentine, RPOS/Civic Excellence, ADE
♦ Kay Schreiber, State School Counselors Contact, ADE

Session Location:  Sahuaro
Session Description
In this session we will examine characteristics of a college, career and civic ready student and offer strategies and resources to assist with transition. Additionally we will briefly review Arizona’s new and innovative Excellence in Civic Engagement Program focusing on leadership and support to get schools involved.

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

Walk the Walk, not Just Talk the Talk   +
♦ Laura Campbell, Ready Now Yuma Director, Yuma Union High School
♦ Jessica Mickish, Federal Programs Coordinator, Yuma Union High School

Session Location:  Palo Verde
Session Description
Yuma Union High School District has committed to continuous data-driven decisions leading to a whole district focus on the success of every student. YUHSD staff works collaboratively to constantly reinforce the expectation that every student deserves access to actively engage in a world class, rigorous curriculum.

Presenter Information
Laura Campbell has been the Ready Now Yuma Director for Yuma Union High School District for the last two years, after having been in the science classroom and serving in leadership roles on the campus.
Handout:  PowerPoint

November Meeting of the Committee of Practitioners (COP)
♦ Ildiko Laczko-Kerr Co-Chair of COP
♦ Linda Denno, Co-Chair of COP

♦ Nancy Konitzer, Title I & Consolidated Activities DAS, ADE
Session Location:  Arizona Room
Session Description
In 1988, P.L. 100-297 – the Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA) – authorized the State Department of Education to establish a Title I Committee of Practitioners (COP). In 1998 the scope of the Committee was expanded to include all ESEA programs under the Improving America’s Schools Act, as ESEA was then known. The current version of ESEA, the No Child Left Behind Act, continues the Committee of Practitioners requirement. In accordance with the statute, the committee is to be composed of administrators, teachers, parents, representatives of non-public school children, and representatives of neglected and delinquent institutions. The law requires all major proposed or final rules or regulations issued by the state covering Title I programs be reviewed by the Committee

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Updated 11/18/2013