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Published: January 9th, 2014

Arizona K-12 Business-Education Partnership Symposium


Arizona K-12 Business-Education Partnership Symposium Friday, January 31, 2013 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Desert Willow Conference Center

4340 East Cotton Center Blvd | Phoenix, AZ 85040

Convening Organizations


Governor’s Office of Education Innovation







Why the Symposium?

Arizona public K-12 schools need effective partnerships to help advance student achievement and prepare students for higher education and the workforce. This event will focus on developing capacity to create and sustain business partnerships with Arizona K-12 schools and districts.


Topics Covered Include:

  • Early Literacy – Explore how business partners and educators can participate in or replicate “Read On Arizona,” a movement to ensure our youngest children are reading at grade level by third grade.
  • Career Exploration – Hear different ways businesses and educators are partnering to introduce career opportunities to students, as early as middle school.
  • STEM – Learn about key initiatives that promote career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and the link to business.

Participants will:

  • Understand criteria for best practices in business-education partnerships.
  • Identify approaches to overcoming barriers between business and education.
  • Identify ways to build capacity through partnerships.
  • Become more informed about resources available to them that will support effective business-education partnerships.
  • Learn about the roles classroom teachers and business volunteers play in connecting students to their learning.
  • Develop a “laundry list of opportunities” for partnerships (e.g., volunteer opportunities, involvement in afterschool programs and career exploration activities, professional development, etc.).
  • Have an opportunity to network with educators and business representatives.

Who should attend?

  • Business representatives and small business owners.
  • District/school administrators, volunteer coordinators, public relations professionals, and foundation leaders.
  • Parent group leaders and other community leaders with an interest in K-12 education.


Sponsorship opportunities are also available. 

Go to www.azbec.org for more information.

Sustaining Sponsors


Community Sponsors

Emerging Sponsors






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Published: December 6th, 2013

Designing Comprehensive Evaluation Systems: Summit V: Supporting Principals as Instructional Leaders in the Observation Process, with a Focus on AZ College & Career Ready Standards Integration


Arizona Framework for Measuring Educator Effectiveness

Sunday, February 9, 2014-Monday, February 10, 2014

Doubletree Resort by Hilton Hotels Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, AZ

Sunday, February 9, 2014: Registration, 9:30-11:30, Summit V, 11:45-5:00

Monday, February 10, 2014: Breakfast, 7:00-7:45, Summit V, 7:45-4:00


Partner Organizations




Charlotte Danielson

The Danielson Group

Keynote Speaker, Sunday, February 9th

Charlotte is an internationally-recognized expert in the area of teacher effectiveness, specializing in teacher evaluation systems that ensure teacher quality.


Janice Poda

Council of Chief School Officers (CCSSO)

Keynote Speaker, Monday, February 10th

Janice is the Strategic Initiative Director for Education Workforce where she leads the work of assisting states with developing and implementing coherent and comprehensive systems of educator effectiveness.


Break Out Sessions

Coherence Alignment Process presented by Lynn Holdheide, Deputy Director Center, Great Teachers and Leaders:  Explore a process to ensure that your teacher observation system is aligned and supports the kinds of teaching practices demanded by the AZ College and Career Ready Standards (ACCRS).

Overview of Resources to Support Implementation of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards, ADE K-12 Academic Standards Staff :  Explore the most current and valuable resources available to effectively implement ACCRS, as well as the purpose of the resources, who they would be most beneficial for, and how they might benefit a principal as an instructional leader.

A Deeper Dive into Considerations for Implementation of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards and Application of the EQuIP Rubric, ADE K-12 Academic Standards Staff:  This session will provide tools such as a consideration framework and the EQulp Rubric, (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) which identifies high‐quality materials and leads to understanding of what is expected in ACCRS’s rigorous instruction needed for implementation and effective teacher evaluation.

Principal Evaluation/Vertical Alignment present by Dr. Deb Duval, Executive Director, AZ School Administrator Association: Explore the connections among principal and teacher evaluation and the supports necessary for the evaluators of principals, as principals as evaluatees and principals as evaluators of teachers.

Merging Teacher Evaluation and the ACCRS, presented by Charlotte Danielson, The Danielson Group:  The Framework for Teaching shares important underlying assumptions with the ACCRS, in particular the emphasis on conceptual understanding and cognitive engagement in challenging content. These are not, however, easy to implement, as they make new demands on both teachers’ and evaluators’ skills and understanding. This session will describe the merging of these important, large and complex initiatives.

Creating Conditions to Foster An Effective Principal Role: Instructional Leader, Talent Manager, and Culture Builder presented by Jackie Gran, Chief Policy and Partnership Officer, New Leaders Inc.: Based on New Leaders’  original research on high-performing school districts and effective school leaders, this session will share findings on what our best school systems do to enable principals to be successful not just individually, but at scale across an entire district.

Instructional Supervision presented by Tess Lauffer, AZ Department of Education: What to look for in teacher practice that produces rigorous and complex student thinking, as well as what to look for in the classroom environment & learning culture that support rigorous and complex student thinking.

Instructional Conversations presented by Janice Poda, Strategic Initiative Director, Council of Chief School Officers: Discuss strategies for engaging in productive and meaningful instructional conversations with teachers as part of the observation process.

Leadership vs. Management…the art of “Time Management”-Sid Bailey, Director of Leadership Development, AZ Charter School Association: Sure, I want to be an “Instructional Leader”, but who has the time?  Once clearly understanding the value and difference between Leadership and Management skills, participants will take a close look at how to effectively manage time in such a way as to balance both sets of skills.  Participants will exit the session, tools in hand, prepared to manage time in a more impactful way.


Cost of Conference: $250/person. Registration and hotel closing date is January 31, 2014

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Hotel Reservations must be made separately. To reserve a guest room, please click this link or call 1-800-222-8733. The state per diem rate is $141.00 + tax. The cost includes free wireless internet in the guest room. Should you have any issues, please contact Laura Dudzik by phone at (602) 364-1851 or by e-mail at laura.dudzik@azed.gov.