Calling all Arts educators to highlight innovative ways performing arts, visual arts, and interdisciplinary classrooms are engaging every student, every day, with every opportunity.
The Virtual Student Showcase will be an exciting opportunity for students, teachers, and schools to share the amazing and incredible arts learning experiences that are occuring within Arizona classrooms.
Submissions are due Friday, December 9, 2022, by 11:59pm.
Boot Camp will be held virtually!Visit the Boot Camp webpage for more information.
This year's live, in-person ESSA Conference will be using the Guidebook Conference App to provide up to date information to all of our participants. If you joined us for our last in-person conference in 2020, you are familiar with this digital program.
John F. Eller, PhD, has served as director of the educational leadership doctoral program at St. Cloud State University, worked with educational leaders at Virginia Tech University, and developed teacher leaders in a master’s program. He is a former principal, director of a principal’s training center, and assistant superintendent for curriculum, learning, and staff development.
Dr. Eller specializes in dealing with difficult people, building professional learning communities, employee evaluations, conferencing skills, coaching skills, strategic planning strategies, school improvement planning and implementation, differentiated instruction, leadership for differentiation, employee recruitment, selection, and induction, supervisory skills, and effective teaching strategies. He has served as executive director of Minnesota ASCD. He has written articles for Superintendents Only and is author of Effective Group Facilitation in Education: How to Energize Meetings and Manage Difficult Groups, and coauthor of Working With and Evaluating Difficult School Employees, So Now You’re the Superintendent, and Energizing Staff Meetings and Creative Strategies to Improve School Culture.
Dr. Eller earned a PhD in educational leadership and policy studies from Loyola University Chicago and an MS in educational leadership from the University of Nebraska Omaha.
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 Morning Keynote
Create safe classrooms where students are empowered to build resilience, cope with traumatic experiences, and achieve at high levels. Learn how to cultivate a trauma-informed classroom environment and utilize classroom management strategies to encourage positive learning experiences for trauma-impacted students.
Timothy D. Kanold, PhD, is an award-winning educator and author, and a national thought leader in mathematics. He is former director of mathematics and science and serced as superintendent of Adlai E. Stevenson High School Distrcit 125, a Model PLC at Work® district in Lincolnshite, Illinois.
Dr. Kanold is committed to equity and excellence for students, faculty, and school administrators. He conducts highly motivational professional development leadership seminars worldwide with a focus on turning school vision into realized action that creates greater equity for students through the effective delivery of the PLC process by faculty and administrators.
He is a past president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and coauthor of several best-selling mathematics textbooks over several decades. Dr. Kanold has authored or coauthored thirteen books on K–12 mathematics and school leadership since 2011, including the 2018 Gold Medal IPPY Award–winning and best-selling book HEART! He also has served on writing commissions for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and has authored numerous articles and chapters on school leadership and development for education publications since 2006.
Dr. Kanold received the 2017 Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, the international 2010 Damen Award for outstanding contributions to the leadership field of education from Loyola University Chicago, 1986 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and 1994 Outstanding Administrator Award from the Illinois State Board of Education. He serves as an adjunct faculty member for the graduate school at Loyola University Chicago.
Dr. Kanold earned a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in mathematics from Illinois State University. He also completed a master’s degree in educational administration at the University of Illinois and received a doctorate in educational leadership and counseling psychology from Loyola University Chicago.
Thursday, January 26, 2023 Morning Keynote
Educator and teacher self-care can be challenging, but embracing a holistic health and wellness plan can improve your physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being both inside and outside of school. This reflective journal provides the ideas and guidance you need to support you on your wellness journey.
Hamish Brewer is a powerful and positive disruptor who transcends the status quo and typical norms in leadership and education. Mr. Brewer is a globally recognized advocate who built his reputation on results and performance, becoming affectionately known as the Relentless, Tattooed Skateboarding Principal with his galvanizing message to "Be Relentless" and his high-octane delivery style.
Mr. Brewer served as an award-winning principal at both the secondary and elementary school levels. Recognized as the NAESP Nationally Distinguished Principal and Virginia Principal of the Year, he was also honored with the VAESP School Bell Award and ASCD Virginia Impact Award. Hamish was named a Northern Virginian of the year by Northern Virginia Magazine and Principal of the Year for the online national publication – Education Dive. Prince William County Public Schools named Hamish the school division's Principal of the Year and Hamish was recently recognized by Omega U as the Principal of the Year.
Under his leadership, his elementary school was recognized as a Nationally Distinguished Title 1 School, and Hamish has since gone on to turn around one of the toughest middle schools in the state of Virginia. Mr. Brewer is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker – motivating and inspiring audiences around the world, including being recognized as a TEDx speaker.
Originally from New Zealand, Hamish earned his first degree from the University of Auckland. Mr. Brewer is currently a doctoral student at Virginia Tech University. Hamish is the best-selling author of “Relentless – Disrupting The Educational Norm, published in 2019.
Mr. Brewer currently consults with businesses and organizations around the world on leadership, culture, organizational performance change and improvement. As a Beachheads advisor to the New Zealand Trade Enterprise, he assists New Zealand businesses with their growth and advises them on strategic development in the North American marketplace.
Mr. Brewer previously served at the state level as the Federal Relations Coordinator on the Board of Directors with the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals and was a lead fellow of NAESP’s Center for Innovative Leadership. He is a school turnaround and school improvement specialist, working with some of the most at-risk students in the United States. Mr. Brewer was highlighted as a Hometown Hero by Fox 5 in Washington, DC. With more than 32 million views, his story is a viral sensation through the Freethink docuseries “Relentless”, and features in national news broadcasts across the United States and Australasia, including NBC and Lester Holt. Mr. Brewer is also featured in the skateboarding humanitarian documentary Humanity Stoked.
Friday, Janaury 27, 2023 Morning Keynote
Sometimes you have to hear the things you don’t want to hear in order to move forward, to be better and to get results. Hamish will take you on a hard-hitting journey that will challenge you to rethink your practices, to disrupt the norm and change the game. Find out if you have or are willing to go one more round, if you’re willing to advocate for every single stakeholder. Find out if you’re willing to take your organization to the next level.
Bonnie Little Graham joined Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC in 2009. Ms. Graham actively represents federal education grantees and subgrantees in the resolution of adverse audit and program review determinations, false claims act investigations, and other administrative legal actions. Ms. Graham has successfully resolved significant audit findings for her clients through administrative appeal proceedings, as well as through settlement negotiations and cooperative audit resolution techniques. Ms. Graham also works closely with clients on issues pertaining to “high risk” grantee and subgrantee designations, and on cost allocation matters, including indirect cost rate development, negotiation, and application.
Ms. Graham regularly assists her clients with the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) and other administrative statutes and regulations, such as the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), providing workshops and trainings, developing compliant policies and procedures, and reviewing contracts and other grant-related documentation for compliance with federal requirements. Ms. Graham also works with clients on the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and Title IV of the Higher Education Act, conducting mock-reviews of program implementation and advising on federal requirements, best practices and allowable flexibilities.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Graham worked as an associate at a corporate firm in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2021, she became a Certified Grants Management Specialist.
Kelly Christiansen joined Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC in August 2015 as a Legislative Assistant and was promoted to Legislative Analyst in 2019. Ms. Christiansen helps monitor federal proceedings that affect education funding for states, districts, and other clients and tracks federal regulations, judicial decisions, and guidance regarding education issues. She also contributes to Brustein & Manasevit’s weekly “Federal Update” for the firm’s clients.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Christiansen interned on Capitol Hill for U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, supporting the education and healthcare staffers. She has also worked as a Relay for Life intern for the American Cancer Society. Ms. Christiansen received her Bachelor of Arts in Government from the College of William & Mary in May of 2015.
Karin Smith is a Partner at HeinfeldMeech an accounting and audit firm in Arizona. Karin has over 20 years of school administration, school finance, accounting and consulting experience where she has had responsibilities in all areas of financial management, including budget development, federal program administration, purchasing, accounting, payroll, and risk management. Prior to joining HeinfeldMeech, she served as the Chief Financial and Operations Officer for the Kyrene Elementary School District. Karin has also served as Adjunct Faculty for Northern Arizona University teaching School Finance. She has obtained her Certificate as a Certified Administrator in School Finance and Operations from Association of School Business Officials International and is a Certified Fraud Examiner through Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Christina Pate, PhD (she/her), is Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Center to Improve Social & Emotional Learning and School Safety and the Director of the Equity Accelerator funded by the Bechtel Family Foundation. She previously served as the Technical Assistance Lead for the National Institute of Justice’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative in Atlanta Public Schools and was a Project Director and TA Liaison for SAMHSA’s Project AWARE at the Now is the Time TA Center. Pate has extensive experience in education, public health, wellness services, and service systems and brings a range of expertise in strategic planning, systems thinking, social-emotional development and mental health, leadership and collaboration, and organizational climate and culture. Pate supports the agency to develop work that fosters adult wellbeing, cultivates stakeholder voice and co-design, centers equity, promotes trauma-informed practice and resilience, and improves cross-sector collaboration to improve outcomes for individuals and systems. Pate has supported clients in expanding their leadership and collaboration capacity to shift mindsets and facilitate transformation as well as build infrastructure and coordinate systems across sectors. She has also coached clients in implementation and sustainability efforts across state and local child-serving systems to promote healthy development and to connect individuals with services and supports. Pate received a BA in psychology, MEd in counseling psychology, MA and PhD in school psychology, and provisional psychological licensure through postdoctoral clinical residency training at the University of Missouri. She was also a National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow in Child Mental Health Services & Service Systems Research at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an affiliate researcher with the Johns Hopkins Systems Institute (School of Engineering).
As a Senior Associate for the Resilient and Healthy Schools and Communities team, Lauren Trout leads WestEd's Restorative Practices body of work and supports schools, communities, and larger education and justice systems by providing training, coaching, and technical support. Trout’s work centers equity and focuses on climate and culture, conflict resolution, harm prevention, and resiliency. A restorative justice practitioner by profession, Trout uses restorative theory to shift trauma-informed practice, social-emotional wellbeing, and relationship-centered learning from being siloed programs into being paradigms, collective values, and guiding principles that inform and are embedded in structures and organizational culture. Trout specializes in using a restorative justice paradigm to transform systems of power, helping create climates that are inclusive, safe, and culturally responsive. Prior to joining WestEd, Trout ran restorative justice programs for the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office and Jefferson Parish Public School System in Louisiana. There, Trout facilitated victim-offender dialogues as an alternative to court and oversaw the implementation of restorative practices for the school district. As a trainer, facilitator, speaker, and consultant with over a decade of direct work with youth, communities, and systems, Trout has experience spanning local and national levels of education and criminal justice systems. Trout received a BA in Political Science and International Studies from Saint Louis University and is a native southerner currently residing in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Dr. Steve Constantino is one of the most sought-after keynote/endnote speakers and workshop leaders in the United States. His successful and innovative career in leadership both in business and education coupled with his many years of research, writing and practice in the field of family engagement in education place him in a very unique position. His messages of engagement, innovation and entrepreneurial leadership find him at ease and in command of his audiences in both business and educational settings.