AGENDA: 09/28/2018

09/28/2018 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM Grand Ballroom VI Keynote
Susan PatrickPresident and CEO, iNACOL
Keynote
Friday morning opening Keynote with Susan Patrick
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Susan Patrick

President and CEO
iNACOL Bio +

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/28/2018 09:45 AM - 10:30 AM Ambassador B
whitney ritterK1 Flex Teacher, Lakeside Primary School
The K1 Flex Classroom of Lakeside Primary School
After receiving a seat waiver from the Department of Education, in the spring of 2017, Lakeside Primary School has worked to create a classroom that meets the needs of students who are ready to contribute to the changing world.  Our class offers a flexible daily schedule with an emphasis on Friday community involvement.  
The students have learned to serve our community this year which is exciting, but they have also learned how important the skills that they work on in the classroom are if they want to contribute to our community in a meaningful way.  I use google classroom to deliver project based learning for the students.  This has allowed for them to dive deeper on skills that interest them and to provide support for skills that they need extra support in.  Using Google Classroom has also allowed for the students to have experiences that a traditional school calendar would not allow.  They are able to take their work with them wherever they go and continue their classroom routines independently.   The results have been phenomenal.  15/15 of the students are reading past grade level and 14/15 exceeded the NWEA MAP goal for the 17/18 school year.  We have not taken our NWEA Math MAP test yet.  I have found that by allowing families to have controlled freedom over the curriculum that the school work has become more meaningful and applicable for life.  
This is our first year to offer the program and through its popularity we have a demand of 150+ students requesting more information for the 18/19 school year.  Our class motto is that we work to  get better not finished and I plan to follow this motto as the program unfolds....I know every year will continue to get better as we create stronger partnerships with parents and the community. This program is special and I am very proud of it.  Most of all it is easy to replicate.  It is a beautiful thing and I am very thankful that I get to be a part of it.  I look forward to the day that more and more students get to receive their public education in a way that fits our changing world and utilizes technology as the tool that it can be when used correctly.  I would love the opportunity to discuss this in more detail and to help other schools brainstorm ways to apply this technique to fit their student and community needs.  

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whitney ritter

K1 Flex Teacher
Lakeside Primary School Bio +

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: PreK-5


09/28/2018 09:45 AM - 10:30 AM Ambassador D
John UngerDean of Students , Decatur Middle School
Rethinking School Design
The presenters will walk the participants through an actual example of a school redesign from a rural Arkansas middle school.  In the first part of the session, presenters will examine multiple pieces of an innovation plans and describe the steps necessary to implement changes.  During the second part of the session, teams will be giving the opportunity to research elements and begin designing their own innovation plan.
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John Unger

Dean of Students
Decatur Middle School Bio +

Audience: Deeper Dive for leaders

Grade Level Focus: 6-8


09/28/2018 09:45 AM - 10:30 AM Grand III
J. Eric WilsonCEO, Noble Impact
Culture Eats Curriculum for Breakfast

Every organization in the world, from Baseline Elementary School in Little Rock, AR, to Google in Mountain View, CA, is investing in innovation. The best research in behavior science, coupled with Noble Impact’s experience working with schools around the state, proves that culture is the first step toward innovation. Attendees will receive an overview of research-based strategies along with tactical tools to begin using immediately in growing a culture of trust and collaboration in their school.


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Noble Impact Bio +

Audience: Deeper Dive for leaders

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/28/2018 09:45 AM - 11:30 AM Commerce A
Kate SommervilleProfessional Development Specialist, Institute for Personalized Learning, a division of CESA #1
Finding Your Guiding Star to Transform the Learning Landscape
Rewrite the stars as we create a constellation design that will develop powerful learners and bring personalized learning to life! This session will create intentional connections between practices that shift the role of the learner to take control of their learning experience. Dive into examples of personalized learning in practice. Participants will explore ways to change the learner’s experience and begin an action plan to use with educators and learners in their learning environment.
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Kate Sommerville

Professional Development Specialist
Institute for Personalized Learning, a division of CESA #1 Bio +

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/28/2018 09:45 AM - 10:30 AM Commerce B & C
Sierra WarnerTeacher, Pea Ridge Primary
Personalized Learning for K-2 Students
The "why" behind personalized learning in grades k-2:

To meet all learners’ needs

Offer opportunities to remediate and enrich student instructional needs

Decrease in student discipline issues

Increase in student responsibility leading to increased student engagement

More intentional, shortened class periods

Authentic data-driven instruction

Come join us to find out how we personalize learning for each of our students!

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Sierra Warner

Teacher
Pea Ridge Primary Bio +

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: PreK-5


09/28/2018 09:45 AM - 11:30 AM Ambassador E
Trish FlanaganSuperintendent (former), Future School
Student Voice Can Build a School

Join the founder of a new, public charter high school for a lively reflection on how we are building a school centered on student voice. Whether you're interested in starting a new initiative (or school) or just want to learn about our student-centered philosophy in action, you'll leave with new ideas, contacts and strategies!

Who should attend our workshop? Students, fired up educators, skeptics, idealists, realists, number crunchers, pioneers… YOU!

When we started down the road of opening a high school, we asked a lot of questions and tried to find the ‘experts’. We listened and took notes. We talked to teachers and politicians. We talked to businesses and big wigs. We talked to chancellors and priests; moms and baristas. And of course, as it turned out, the best advice we received was from the experts; our future students and their families.

Our team has been successful in launching a school and building enrollment largely due to our laser focus on students and community. With many established traditions in our town, we knew our school would only take off if the community owned it. So, our team is working to erase the line between school and community, which is turning out to be a win-win for our town. Teenagers are building professional networks via internships while also serving their community. Employers and parents are beginning to see students as partners. And, even amidst the political challenges of charter/traditional school relationships, we are working to create access to real world learning and student centered schools for students beyond our walls.

During our workshop, we will get out of our seats, talk to new people and find out what went into getting Future School off the ground and focused on student voice. We’ll explore lessons we learned like: you still need tardy passes (we think), school lunch might actually require a full time director, transportation is a BIG deal, restorative justice makes the most sense, kids have the best ideas, parents are the secret sauce, invite the education commissioner to everything, bring food and laughs, adopt a school pet, swallow prejudice, building a school is never finished, kids still need notebooks, no public school can operate without a fax machine and… anything is possible!


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Trish Flanagan

Superintendent (former)
Future School Bio +

Audience: Deeper Dive for leaders

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/28/2018 09:45 AM - 11:30 AM Ambassador C
Mike BurdeAssistant Superintendent, Kenowa Hills Public Schools
A Michigan School District’s Pathway Toward Personal Mastery (CBE).

 

The purpose of this session is to share the story of our district and the path we have taken in the beginning stages of  implementing Competency Based Education. The district began by reflecting on what we were doing well and what needed to be changed.  Staff members also participated in a book study with “Delivering on the Promise”. We discovered the why behind a paradigm shift in education and through collaboration as a district we decided that our district was ready for a change and goals were set.  

 

In April of 2013, the district voted with 81.2% to move forward with Competency Based Education, looking to give the students at Kenowa Hills a more rewarding educational experience.  We began implementing structures to support teachers and staff through collaboration and professional development. The district worked closely with Re-Inventing Schools and then Knowledge Works to begin implementing a multi-level system and a five year plan.

 

During the 2013-2014 school year, teachers and staff worked to create a safe and orderly environment. District, building, and classroom standard operating procedures (SOPs), missions statements, and codes of conducts were established with clarity and consistency.  Next, came the work of establishing a guaranteed and viable curriculum. During the 2015-2016 school year, we looked at an effective instructional framework including the model Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR). We continued the process with instructional coaching and began utilizing classroom learning labs.  Teachers and staff were trained in Instructional Design and Delivery and received help from instructional coaches. Standards-based reporting was fully implemented for the 2016-2017 school year. Teachers, students and parents had access to Empower, a Learning Management System based on the Common Core State Standards.  This past year the district continued processes from previous levels and worked to ensure we continued on the path for student success. We continued working with instructional coaches and collaborating with teachers and staff. Moving forward, Kenowa will continue to plan, check and adjust our system of Competency Based Education.

 

Our story is not over.  As a district we are continuing to check and adjust as we plan based on the needs of our staff, students and families.  We are excited to share where we have been and where we are going.

 

 


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Mike Burde

Assistant Superintendent
Kenowa Hills Public Schools Bio +

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: PreK-5


09/28/2018 09:45 AM - 10:30 AM Salon A
Jon LaffoonSuperintendent, Star City School District
Mentor Session - Leading Change and Innovation

Jon Laffoon is the Superintendent at Star City School District in Arkansas. He has captured the true meaning of innovation in education, always being an advocate for the student. This session is a predecessor to creating innovative change. Learn from an experienced educational leader on what will make innovation "stick".  Jon will create a roadmap for change with concrete steps for leading successful innovation and sharing his experiences in a culture of change. 


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These 30 minute sessions are one-on-one or small group meetings between presenters and attendees. Each meeting is limited to 15 participants.
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Jon Laffoon

Superintendent
Star City School District Bio +

Audience: Deeper Dive for leaders

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/28/2018 09:45 AM - 10:30 AM Salon B
Dr. Megan SlocumAssociate Superintendent, Fayetteville School District
Mentor Session - Leadership, Research, Development
Leadership, Research, Development
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Dr. Megan Slocum

Associate Superintendent
Fayetteville School District Bio +

Audience: Deeper Dive for leaders

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/28/2018 09:45 AM - 10:30 AM Grand IV
George PhilhowerAssistant Superintendent , Western Wayne School
A Learning Journey: What we learned in New Zealand

A team of educators from NW Arkansas traveled to New Zealand in October of 2017.  This experience changed how they see teaching and learning.  In this panel discussion you will learn from and connect with members of this team to learn about what they saw and learned. 


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George Philhower

Assistant Superintendent
Western Wayne School Bio +

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 6-8


09/28/2018 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Ambassador A
Kelli LanganResearch associate, OIE
Why are you doing this?
Anytime a new process is initiated, there has to be a fundamental reason why the change was made. Are you looking to increase graduation rates? Increase performance on the state test? or Maybe decrease the number of discipline infractions received by students. Regardless of the purpose of implementation, how are you determining if your efforts are really making a difference? Having an evaluation of your program will enable you to see what elements, if any, are being impacted. And are the impacts those that were expected? Having a formal evaluation will help your decisions to stay on track with what you are doing, or that you may need to readdress your efforts in the event that you are not having the desired effect you want. Evaluations are important and useful when used as intended. 
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Kelli Langan

Research associate
OIE Bio +

Audience: Deeper Dive for leaders

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/28/2018 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Salon A
Johnna NollDistrict Administrator, Norris School District
Mentor Session - Learner Agency, Design Thinking

Learner Agency, Design Thinking


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Johnna Noll

District Administrator
Norris School District Bio +

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/28/2018 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Ambassador D
Dr. Annette FreemanPrincipal, Gene George Elementary
Innovate... but how?!
During this session, participants learn about methods for moving a school to more innovative practices. A teacher and a school principal will share how they began the transformation. Successes and mistakes made will be shared! Learn about vision/mission development, building trust, student agency, learner qualities, design thinking resources, and ideas for sharing school-wide progress. 

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Gene George Elementary Bio +

Audience: Deeper Dive for leaders

Grade Level Focus: PreK-5


09/28/2018 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Ambassador B
Jerrie PriceAssistant Principal, Siloam Springs High School
Siloam Springs HS Journey Towards Personalized Learning
For the past 3 years, Siloam Springs High School has been on a journey to create a personalized learning environment in the core content areas. Hear school leader, teacher, and student perspectives on using timely, targeted responses to student learning to drive instruction. Come away with practical ideas of how to use technology, effective/high yield teaching strategies, and student mentoring to personalize the learning environment at your school.
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Jerrie Price

Assistant Principal
Siloam Springs High School Bio +

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/28/2018 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Grand IV
Rick NealSuperintendent , Pea Ridge
Title: Personalized and Customized Learning Through CTE

Innovative leadership transformed Individualized learning in Pea Ridge Schools, combining a progressive learning facility with business and educator partnerships resulting in unique, relevant curriculum and skill building.  The development and support of local businesses and community leaders enhance powerful learning in Culinary Arts and Modern Agriculture, highly desirable careers and links with the University of Arkansas Agricultural Science Program. ForwARd Arkansas provides ongoing expertise to develop leadership and increase collaboration with partners. 

 


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Rick Neal

Superintendent
Pea Ridge Bio +

Audience: Deeper Dive for leaders

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/28/2018 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Grand III
Jim RickabaughSenior Advisor, Institute for Personalized Learning, a division of CESA #1
Making Personalized Learning Work for You
Many educators struggle in the transition from an instruction-driven to a learning driven approach because so much feels new. It is not always easy to find strategies to make the work feel manageable. While these feelings are natural, there are processes we can employ to create space, increase efficiency and preserve energy. This interactive session will feature quick, easy to implement approaches you can adapt with your learners. Participants will also share their challenges and successes.   
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Jim Rickabaugh

Senior Advisor
Institute for Personalized Learning, a division of CESA #1 Bio +

Audience: Deeper Dive for teachers

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/28/2018 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Salon B
Derek WenmothConsultant, CORE education
Mentor Session
Mentor Session with Derek Wenmoth
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Derek Wenmoth

Consultant
CORE education Bio +

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/28/2018 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Ambassador B
Dr. Megan SlocumAssociate Superintendent, Fayetteville School District
What Have We Done?! Organizing a Discovery Learner Mindset
Educational leaders who are working to enhance and inform student learning must ensure that all partnerships are developed and informed along the way.  What are the best methods to inform the larger community?  How do school board members and community members better understand the implementation of a different learning model for students?  What specific tools can be used to help explain the development of research to improve instructional methods.
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Dr. Megan Slocum

Associate Superintendent
Fayetteville School District Bio +

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 6-8


09/28/2018 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Ambassador A
Clint JonesDirector, Arkansas Leadership Academy
Supporting system's change and innovation through Organizational Development
The Arkansas Leadership Leadership Academy's Organizational Development Program provides support for system-wide improvement through building leadership capacity at all levels. The work begins with an initial needs assessment involving the organizations leadership and other relevant stakeholders to determine current reality in the organization. The data gathered through this assessment is used to narrow and prioritize areas of focus and establish short and long term goals for student and adult learning. Customized strategic plans are designed using the Arkansas Leadership Academy's Leadership Performance Strands and Skills. Support for partnering organizations is provided back on site in a differentiated manner by a performance coach. The performance coach uses the strategic plan to guide the organization through the process of systems-wide improvement. This session will provide participants with an understanding of how to use a theory of action to guide the school improvement process and how to capture and triangulate multiple methods of data to measure both current reality and progress toward their mission of becoming a school of innovation. 
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Clint Jones

Director
Arkansas Leadership Academy Bio +

Audience: Deeper Dive for leaders

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/28/2018 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Grand IV
Jon LaffoonSuperintendent, Star City School District
Creating a Culture of Change

Jon Laffoon is the Superintendent at Star City School District in Arkansas. He has captured the true meaning of innovation in education, always being an advocate for the student. This session is a predecessor to creating innovative change. Learn from an experienced educational leader on what will make innovation "stick".  Jon will create a roadmap for change with concrete steps for leading successful innovation and sharing his experiences in a culture of change. 


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Jon Laffoon

Superintendent
Star City School District Bio +

Audience: Deeper Dive for leaders

Grade Level Focus: 9-12


09/28/2018 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Commerce B & C
George PhilhowerAssistant Superintendent , Western Wayne Schools
A Learning Journey: Innovation in NW Arkansas

A team of educators from NW Arkansas traveled to New Zealand in October of 2017.  This experience changed how they see teaching and learning.  In this session you will hear about the innovative steps these educators are taking to create learner-centered, future-focused learning environments in their schools.  


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George Philhower

Assistant Superintendent
Western Wayne Schools Bio +

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 6-8


09/28/2018 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Salon A
Carol HillTrainer, Thinking Collaborative
Mentor Session - Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind

Habits of mind are dispositions that are skillfully and mindfully employed by characteristically intelligent, successful people when they are confronted with problems, the solution to which are not immediately apparent. Habits of Mind training supports administrators and teachers personally and professionally as they think about how to make decisions.  It also supports adults in supporting student self-directedness. In addition, Habits of Mind are the 21st Century thinking skills students need to support their being successful with the rigor of the college and career readiness.  


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Carol Hill

Trainer
Thinking Collaborative Bio +

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/28/2018 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Ambassador C
Karli SaraciniAssistant Superintendent, North Little Rock Schools
OC Information Session by North Little Rock School District

·         Extending the impact of the your best teachers

·         Allowing students to learn at their own pace

·         Discovering new strengths among students and staff

·         Richer data and honest conversations centered around it

·         Increased collaboration

·         Mentoring for students

·         Student-centered, teacher impacted

If the above list seems like a dream to you, it is time to realize it can be a reality. Opportunity Culture Schools is a collective leadership model that has transformed the way districts are approaching learning and impacting students. Arkansas has joined forces with Public Impact to bring Opportunity Culture to life in our state. This session will allow participants to hear about the journey of one Arkansas school, North Little Rock Middle School, and how Opportunity Culture has taken them from a traditional school model to a student-centered, holistic model that is truly reaching each child. Meeting a student where they are in the journey is critical to their success. With Opportunity Culture, schools are able to design learning experiences for each individual student that are supported by greater teacher interaction and collaboration.  This can be done at any school, so come learn from our experiences and see how you can begin to take your school to new heights!


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Karli Saracini

Assistant Superintendent
North Little Rock Schools Bio +

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 6-8


09/28/2018 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Ambassador D
Sandra HurstDivision Director, Educator Support and Development- ADE
Moving from Cultural Awareness to Cultural Responsiveness

In general, schools have done a very good job becoming aware of their students, staff, and stakeholders. While this is a wonderful start, we are seeing now that, when dealing with issues of equity and access, the idea of responsiveness is paramount. While being aware of students is of course important, we know that the very best schools are finding ways to be responsive to the individual needs of their students. To accomplish this lofty goal, schools must look into deep culture and how they can use that knowledge to harness the best in all students and thus design programming that truly teaches all. Our goal in this interactive session is to provide you with that foundational knowledge in regards to cultural responsiveness. Moreover, you will be provided with a toolkit of ideas, resources, and activities that you can actually take back with you as you embark of the journey and delve into becoming more responsive to the students you encounter each day.


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Sandra Hurst

Division Director
Educator Support and Development- ADE Bio +

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 6-8


09/28/2018 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Grand III
Mary BridgforthESL Program Director, Springdale Schools
Excellence for English Learners

How do we ensure success for English Learners?  See how Springdale schools has sustained a system of support for their 9,000+ ELs while improving educational outcomes for every student.  Participants will consider how the law and research guide EL service programming.  Resources will be shared for district, school and classroom leaders, including how ELs are identified, the role of ELD instruction and instructional supports for ELs.


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Mary Bridgforth

ESL Program Director
Springdale Schools Bio +

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: K-12


09/28/2018 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Ambassador E
Tyler McBrideTeacher, Lincoln Middle School
Experiencing educational growth through empowerment of teachers and students.

When you know your "why" but don't know your "how". Your answer can be found in your own building!  Join us as we take you on our growth journey. We will share our struggles and celebrations as we have transformed the culture of our building.  Teachers and students will share out about their personalized educational experiences, struggles, and adaptations. Ask questions to our panel of teachers and students that will help further the understanding of the successes, and some failures that helped us develop a unique understanding of personalized learning and standards based grading.


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Tyler McBride

Teacher
Lincoln Middle School Bio +

Audience: General Information session - intended for everyone

Grade Level Focus: 6-8



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