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Delaware Academy for School Leadership

15th Annual Policy and Practice Institute: Delaware’s Conference on Public Education

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Register Here: bit.ly/DE2017PPI

Presented by the Delaware Academy for School Leadership and the Delaware Association of School Administrators

Location: Dover High School ( 1 Dover High Dr, Dover, DE 19904 )


Keynote Speakers 

Douglas Anthony, Assistant Superintendent of Talent Management, Price Georges County Public Schools

Justin Skeesuck & Patrick Gray, Authors, “I’ll Push You”


Conference Agenda

 

7:30 am – 8:30 am Registration and Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:30 am General Session I: Keynote Speaker, Douglas Anthony
9:30 am – 9:45 am Transition Time
9:45 am – 10:45 am Breakout Session I
10:45 am – 11:00 am Transition Time
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Breakout Session II
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm Transition Time
1:15 pm – 1:50 pm General Session II: Keynote Speakers, Justin Skeesuck & Patrick Gray
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Breakout Session III
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm General Session III

 

Breakout Session Descriptions:

 

Breakout Strand 1

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session A – Technology for Tomorrow

Presenters: Ry Culver, Justin Comegys (New Castle County Vo Tech School District)

Description: As more technology and blending learning strategies are brought into our school too often the professional development is not easily implemented. We aim to provide administrators and teacher leaders with a bank of pedagogically strong digital strategies that can be implemented into classrooms immediately. The instructors will explain how technology does not need to be overwhelming and that strong pedagogical practices can be easily integrated using technology. Then participants will receive ten technology based strategies that can be implemented tomorrow

Session B – Growth Mindset in a Math Classroom

Presenters: Tara Faircloth, Jeani Preszler, Kerri Carr (Caesar Rodney School District)

Description: Do you think some people are just good at math while others are not? Think again. Learn the importance of having a growth mindset and why it’s important to celebrate mistakes when learning.

Session C – Helping Students Learn: The Promise of Trauma Informed Schools

Presenter: Deb Stevens (Delaware State Education Association)

Description: This session explores the causes and impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) on students and their ability to learn. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about ACE’s, assess their own ACE’s score, look at promising strategies being implemented in schools, and discuss what next steps would look like for implementing such strategies in their schools.

Session D – Understanding of ELs: What Education Leaders Need to Know and Look For

Presenter: Marisa Hockman (University of Delaware)

Description: Participants will be engaged in an interactive workshop session that will highlight ELs in terms of their differing proficiency levels and what students typically “Can Do” at each of these levels. Additionally, participants will gain a better sense of the instructional strategies they can “look for” in classrooms that effectively support ELs.

Session E – The Brain Architecture Game

Presenters: Kirsten Olson, Andrea Miller (Children & Families First Delaware)

Description: This hands-on session will require educators to team up to build brains in groups of 4-6 people. The brain architecture game enhances educators’ understanding the science of early brain development—what promotes it, what derails it, and what are the consequences for society. By understanding how formative experiences shape the brain, educators will have a better sense of how trauma changes brain development and opportunities for learning.

Session F – How a District Wide Common Assessment Cycle Can Drive Instruction

Presenters: Corey Miklus, Susan Harrison, Kelly Hageman, Becky Neubert, Carol Leveillee, Krissy Jennette (Seaford School District)

Description: This session will highlight how one district implemented a common assessment cycle across elementary schools successfully. Presenters will share ideas and practices schools can use to design quality assessment practices in their school. Concrete examples of all components of the assessment cycle will be shared with attendees for replication.

Session G – CTE in the First State

Presenter: Luke Rhine (Delaware Department of Education)

Description: The Delaware Pathways initiative links education and workforce development efforts and provides opportunities for youth to gain work experiences aligned to career goals. Learn about the critical role that CTE plays in this public-private partnership and how career pathways align with academic and technical knowledge, creating multiple entry and exit points for students.

 

Session H – Included with the End in Mind

Presenter: Amy M. Pleet-Odle (Inclusion Focused Coaching)

Description: Secondary school leaders are frustrated by the widening performance gaps for students receiving special education services. The problem is bigger than state tests. National research reveals that these youth are also he least likely to succeed in college and careers. I believe we can’t remedy those issues until we can clearly articulate the role of the special educator. I will share my integrated approach to professional development as described in my new book, Included with the End in Mind and Collaborative Teaching professional development e-course, which incorporate evidence-based strategies for collaboration, effective inclusive instruction, youth empowerment, and family engagement. Results from my 2016-17 pilot professional development at Laurel Middle School will also be shared.

Session I – ESSA: National and State Approaches and Updates
Presenters: Tammy Croce (DASA), Jackie Wilson (DASL), Elizabeth Farley-Ripple (University of Delaware), and representatives from Delaware Department of Education, NAESP and NASSPDescription: This panel session will review National and Delaware approaches to ESSA implementation, and up-to-date information regarding Delaware’s ESSA plan. Implications for districts and charter schools will be discussed among presenters and participants.
Session ii – Google: Collaborate and Communicate More Effectively

Presenter: James Comegy (Director of Curriculum and Instruction), Karen Ammann

Description: This session is designed to support school leaders in effectively using GSuite (formerly Google Apps for Education) to collaborate and communicate more effectively. Participants will be learn how G Suite can be used to share documents for collaboration, collect information quickly, communicate changes in real time and how it can be used with existing Microsoft applications.

Session iii – Approaches to Equity and Diversity: A National Perspective

Presenter: Paul C. Gorski (Founder, EdChange, & Associate Professor, Integrative Studies, George Mason University) 

Description: In this session we will explore basic concepts related to diversity and equity in education and how they are being applied (and at times misapplied) in schools and school districts across the country. We also will discuss basic pitfalls and promising practices related to equity and diversity initiatives in schools.

Session AJ (Rescheduled to Morning) – Principal Supervisor Standards: Addressing Implementation Issues

Presenter: Mary C. Canole (Leadership Consultant for New York City Leadership Academy), three supervisors who are currently working on DPAS for Principals.

Description: The role of the principal supervisor, whether performed by a single person or a number of individuals in central office, is to improve principals’ instructional leadership by assessing and evaluating current leadership practices and prioritizing professional learning by the areas most likely to positively affect student learning and achievement. In this session, participants will review and develop an understanding of the newly released Principal Supervisor Standards, which seek to provide school systems with guidance in establishing expectations for this critical role; consider a proposed definition of instructional leadership; weigh the implications; and address implementation issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakout Strand 2

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  

Session J – “It was eye-opening”: Integrating Multiple Data-Based Initiatives to Build Tiered Behavioral Support

Presenter: Wendy Johns (Brandywine School District)

Description: Audience will be able to: 1. Identify existing initiatives that complement and can be integrated into the current PBIS structure. 2. Understand how to utilize school-climate survey and evaluation data to integrate systems and create change at a building and/or district-level. 3. Create a flowchart to map out tiered behavioral supports and all initiatives that support it.

 

Session K – Delaware Education Finance
Presenter: Dr. John Marinucci (Delaware School Boards Association)
Description: This session will cover what every education administrator and school board member needs to know about issues and trends in education finances in Delaware.(Note: This does not satisfy the CBOC training offered by the Delaware Department of Education).
Session L – 1:1 Technology Programs:  It’s Not Just About Handing Students a Device

Presenters: Nikki Miller, Sue McKone (Cape Henlopen School District)

Description: Cape Henlopen High School students who graduate in the year 2018 will only have known having their own Cape issued iPad in high school. The implementation has occurred and we will be entering our fourth year of the 1:1 program. Come hear the lessons learned during early implementation and progress that we have made.

 

Session M – The Human Side of Leadership

Presenters: Amy Grundy, Harold Shaw (Red Clay Consolidated School District)

Description: Participants will distinguish the difference between school climate and school culture. Participants will reflect and engage in conversation designed to provoke ideas to shape and enhance the current climate and culture at their school. Participants will identify concrete action steps they can implement as they plan for the new school year. A presentation and companion note-taker/reflection sheet will guide the presentation and conversation.

 

Session N – Schoology is more than an Learning Management System

Presenter: Doug Timm (Colonial School District)

Description: The session will be delivered from within the Schoology platform. Attendees will be set up as students in a course and eventually as admins so that they can see tips and trick on using the platform. With 3 years in the platform, my experience and failures will be shared to push people’s thinking about the platform and it’s uses.

 

Session O – Advanced Placement for All: How to Identify the Talent in Your School

Presenters: Jason Peel, Shawn Snyder, Renae Worley, Gretchen Pikus, Seth Buford (Milford School District)

Description: Milford School District leaders will share how they have shaped a process for increasing student enrollment in AP and Dual Enrollment opportunities. From 2015-2016, the Milford High School has seen a growth of 50% in the number of students who participate in AP, a 60% increase in the total number of exams taken by students, and a 40% increase in the number of students who score a 3+ on the AP exams. The process for identifying students for these opportunities along with a structure of supporting students in these courses will be shared.

 

Session P – Trauma, Toxic Stress, and the Impact on Learning

Presenters: Dr. Julius Mullen (Office of the Child Advocate) and Michele Marinucci (Woodbridge School District)

Description: Youth who have experienced trauma often have very poor education outcomes. By understanding brain science, how trauma and toxic stress impact the developing brain, and tools to engage students at risk and support staff, participants will enhance education outcomes and have a better understanding of how to connect and engage youth with challenges.

 

Session Q – The Power of Performance Monitoring

Presenters: Shawn Larrimore, Rick Evans, Ashley Giska (Laurel School District)

Description: Attendees of The Power of Performance Monitoring will learn how to implement an internal system to easily organize, monitor, and analyze key concepts of school and district turnaround: College & Career Readiness, Teaching & Learning, Climate & Culture, Talent Management & Development, and School Leadership. Attendees will also have access to a digital copy of Laurel’s Performance Monitoring template.

 

Session R – Using Google/Schoology for Essential School Functions

Presenters: Ryan Fuller and Karen Clifton (Polytech School Ditsrict)

Description: Using Google and Schoology with students starts with effective use by the administrative team modeling use with teachers and supporting staff professional learning. The use of Google and Schoology is fully established at PHS and these tools are used for master scheduling, leadership functions, curriculum development, professional learning, staff collaboration, and accountability. This session will focus on assessing the audience and providing strategies for basic and/or advanced use in a secondary building.

 

Session S – Measuring College Readiness

Presenters: Evelyn A. Edney (Early College High School) and Brenda Dorrell (Department of Education)

Description: This session will show how the Early College High School at Delaware State University created a rubric to measure college readiness looking at the whole in students and how Performance Plus helped to computerize the tool for ease of use and creating excellent data points.

 

Session T – Science Walk-throughs: How Should School Leaders Prepare?

Presenter: Rhonda Banks (University of Delaware)

Description: School leaders and interested science professionals will first generate a “walk-through’ definition and create key look fors in all content walk-throughs. After some NGSS content review, participants will develop key look-fors that are vital during science instruction and craft a science walk-through tool.

 

Session U – Social and Emotional Learning: What’s Underway and What’s Next for Delaware Students and Educators?

Presenter: Jenna Argo (Indian River School District), Lyndsey Cook (Capital School District), and Joyce Lester (Christina School District)

Description: This session will bring educators together to discuss data, share practices, and brainstorm strategies for improving social and emotional learning (SEL) practices and policy in their classroom, school district, and state. Members of the Rodel Teacher Council will share findings from their statewide survey on social and emotion learning to kick off a discussion on how can we best help students develop the strategies and skills that support a positive sense of self, promote respectful relationships, recognize and manage their own emotions, and make responsible decisions.

 

Session V – Included with the End in Mind

Presenter: Amy M. Pleet-Odle (Inclusion Focused Coaching)

Description: Secondary school leaders are frustrated by the widening performance gaps for students receiving special education services. The problem is bigger than state tests. National research reveals that these youth are also he least likely to succeed in college and careers. I believe we can’t remedy those issues until we can clearly articulate the role of the special educator. I will share my integrated approach to professional development as described in my new book, Included with the End in Mind and Collaborative Teaching professional development e-course, which incorporate evidence-based strategies for collaboration, effective inclusive instruction, youth empowerment, and family engagement. Results from my 2016-17 pilot professional development at Laurel Middle School will also be shared.

 

Session VV – Approaches to Equity and Diversity: A National Perspective

Presenter: Paul C. Gorski (Founder, EdChange, & Associate Professor, Integrative Studies, George Mason University)

Description: In this session we will explore basic concepts related to diversity and equity in education and how they are being applied (and at times misapplied) in schools and school districts across the country. We also will discuss basic pitfalls and promising practices related to equity and diversity initiatives in schools.

 

Breakout Strand 3

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Session W – Reducing Student Dropout Rates and Improving Graduation Rates

Presenter: Merv Daugherty (Red Clay Consolidated School District)

Description: Find out how RCCSD has implemented a K-12 dropout prevention initiative starting in 2011 to improve attendance, reduce discipline/suspensions referral, reduce retention, lower the dropout rate and improve graduation rates.

Session Y – Special Education Due Process Training

Presenter: TBD

Description: This session fulfills the Delaware required special education due process training for both charter school and traditional district school board members.

Session Z – Building Leadership Capacity In Your Building

Presenters: Todd Simpson and Virginia Abate (Caesar Rodney School District)

Description: This session will highlight how to utilize the growth mindset model in order to build leadership capacity within the public school setting. With real-world examples from a specialized school in Delaware as well as action research from the field, participants will engage in dynamic group discussions as well as small group rotations. Participants will leave the session with an action plan able to be implemented promoting systems thinking to foster change.

Session AA – #GoOpen-How to Identify, Vett, and Leverage OER’s

Presenters: Pete Leida and Sherrie Clark (Colonial School District)

Description: This session will provide an overview of the role of Open Educational Resources (OER’s) and how they can be used to create dynamic, student-focused lessons for students. Participants will: Learn the components of an OER Develop an understanding of the role of OER’s in a dynamic curriculum Discuss ways to evaluate OER’s Discuss the role of Creative Commons in using OER’s.

Session AB – How Can We Provide More Work-based Learning Experiences for Delaware Students?

Presenter: Paul T. Morris, Jr. (Delaware Technical Community College)

Description: Work-based learning activities improve students’ knowledge of career options and provide exposure to workforce opportunities while a student is still in school. These activities may begin with site visits and guest speakers and can expand to include the use of online platforms, job shadowing, mock interviews, and internships. These experiences can help students plan their courses of study and define the knowledge and skills needed to enter a career in that field. This session will discuss the role of DTCC as a workforce intermediary, and how we will work with businesses and schools to provide work-based opportunities for all Delaware students.

Session AC – Up Close and Personal:  Delaware Youth with Disabilities Tell Us What’s On Their Minds

Presenters: George P. Tilson and Dale Matusevich, and Lisa Stoner-Torbert (Delaware Department of Education) and Delaware public school students

Description: In Delaware, educators have long been committed to serving diverse learners including those with disabilities. Yet post high school outcomes for these youth still lag significantly behind those of their peers without disabilities. Why the conundrum? In this session, attendees will hear insights from several experts in our State: youth leaders with disabilities.

Session AD – 5 Cs of Professional Dialogue

Presenters: Joe Jones (New Castle County Vo Tech School District) & TJ Vari (Appoquinimink School District)

Description: As leaders it’s critical that we focus on the growth of others and on our own. This means that the organization’s core values are present in all of our actions, and the communication structure ensures that the values are clear in our daily work. This session will cover 5 Cs of professional dialogue. Participants will walk away with a deliverable.

Session AE – Meeting the Social Emotional Needs of Your Students

Presenters: Michele Marinucci and district staff members (Woodbridge School District)

Description: This will be a presentation style delivery with specific steps and strategies taken for a district wide implementation of trauma informed practices. The goal will be for attendees to gain insight and ideas for implementation.

Session AF – Language to Empower

Presenter: Gina Castelli (University of Delaware)

Description: In this session all educators will get a taste of how their language can empower students in social, emotional and academic skills. They will receive ideas that will broaden their current thinking and practice but also learn real world application.

Session AG – School Counseling in the 21st Century

Presenters: Jennifer Davis and Stephanie LoBiondo (Delaware Department of Education)

Description: Attendees will gain a better understanding of the important role school counselors play in their building. Presenters will review how the role of the school counselor has changed over the years, the components of the ASCA National Model that guides the development of a school counselor’s program and how to maximize the use of their school counselor to impact their school’s academic, attendance and school climate/discipline data.

Session AH – Understanding the Barriers to College Success for Delaware Students

Presenter: Shana Payne (Delaware Department of Education)

Description: Delaware releases an annual report on the college remediation rates for Delaware students enrolling in college. Since the initial report in 2015, we have seen a 3 point drop in remediation rates. The report identifies action areas and essential questions for district and school administrators to consider as they seek to ensure more students achieve college readiness before high school graduation. This will be a presentation with open discussion.

 

Session Ai – Identifying Evidence-based Interventions for School Improvement Planning Under ESSA

Presenter: Elizabeth Farley-Ripple (Faculty from the College of Education and Human Development, the Partnership for Public Education, and the Center for Research Use in Education)

Description: This session, sponsored jointly by UD’s Center for Research Use in Education and the Partnership for Public Education, focuses on identifying evidence-based programs and practices in key improvement areas: school climate, literacy, mathematics, inclusion, and meeting the needs of English Language Learners. The session will begin with a review of ESSA requirements for school improvement planning and will continue in small group content-focused discussions facilitated by UD researchers and professional developers. Group conversations will focus on how to identify evidence-based interventions/practices in each area, including: a) What are available resources? b) What are some guidelines for evaluating interventions/practices that might be appropriate for improvement planning? and c) Examples of evidence-base practices/interventions at different tiers.

 

Session AK – Assistant Principal Institute Follow – Up

Facilitators: Kimberly Harris and Jana Frieler (National Association of Secondary School Principals)

Description: This session is open to all participants of the May 2017 Delaware Assistant Principal Institute. Participants will meet with their NASSP facilitator and project group members and continue the work they started at the AP Institute.

Session AL – Creating Equitable Schools: An Equity Literacy Approach

Facilitators: Paul C. Gorski (Founder, EdChange, & Associate Professor, Integrative Studies, George Mason University)

Description: Using the Equity Literacy framework, we will explore core components of successful equity and diversity initiatives in schools. We will consider the knowledge and skills necessary to help educators become threats to the existence of bias and inequity in their spheres of influence.


If you have any questions regarding the conference or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Alison Dubinski at 302-500-7033 or ald@udel.edu.

 

Thank you to our sponsors:

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