Annual Conference 2019: Conference Sessions

Annual Conference 2019: Conference Sessions

*Session descriptions below are from our 2018 Annual Conference. Watch this space for updates on this year’s program.*

Conference Sessions

Plenary Session: Compassion, Connection, and Follow-Through: Lessons Learned from the National Teacher of the Year

Reflecting on her 18 years of teaching, Mandy Manning shares a message of hope and inspiration while challenging us all to be our better selves in service to the nation’s youth.

(Keynote Speaker: Mandy Manning, 2018 National Teacher of the Year)

Panel Discussion: Educating Our Most Vulnerable Students

Keynote speaker Mandy Manning joins policymakers, student advocates, and program experts to explore policies and programs to support students at risk.

(Presenters: Mandy Manning, 2018 National Teacher of the Year; Kristen Harper, Child Trends; Mireya Reith, Arkansas United Community Coalition; Kris Amundson, NASBE (moderator)) 

Creating Safe Learning Environments for All Students

Experts and policymakers share what states can do to create and maintain safe learning environments in schools while helping students develop the social-emotional skills they need to be resilient, healthy, and secure.

(Presenters: Sandy Boyd, Seek Common Ground (moderator); Charles Curtis, Ron Brown College Preparatory High School; Jane Goff, Colorado State Board of Education; Susan Payne, Safe2Tell Colorado)

Concurrent Session: Building a Pipeline of Diverse, High-Quality Teachers

What questions can state board members ask and what data should they seek as they help build pipelines of diverse, high-quality teachers? Experts share practical strategies and actions.

(Presenter: Melody Schopp, Former South Dakota Secretary of Education)

Concurrent Session: Implementing SEL in Your State: Lessons from the Field

A growing number of states are looking to social and emotional learning as a means for achieving student and schoolwide success. Experts in the field share best practices, challenges, and opportunities for implementing SEL from national, state, and district perspectives.

(Presenters: Ruth Cross, Illinois State Board of Education and CASEL; Pam Loeb and Stacia Tipton, Edge Research; Dina Rocheleau, Ferndale Public Schools in Michigan)

Concurrent Session: Strategies to Foster Resource Equity 

How can state boards foster a more equitable distribution of resources among schools? ESSA’s fiscal transparency requirement provides states an opportunity to engage in honest conversations about inequities and to seek resource strategies to improve school performance.

(Presenter: Karen Hawley Miles, Education Resource Strategies)

Concurrent Session: The Power of Engagement

Collaboration is key, and state boards can create the conditions for strong, local engagement. National experts and state-based organizations share promising, practical strategies for working collaboratively to advance equity and excellence.

(Presenter: Marlyn Tillman, Gwinnett SToPP)

Plenary Session: Leading for Coherence and Student Learning

Worldwide expert Michael Fullan shares his latest research and models for leading statewide systems change to improve education for all students.

(Keynote Speaker: Michael Fullan, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning)

Panel Discussion: Getting to the Problems of Practice

A panel of state board members challenge Michael Fullan to help them address issues confronting their states.

(Presenters: Michael Fullan, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning; Brooke Axiotis, Iowa State Board of Education; John Carroll, Vermont State Board of Education; Stephanie Wood-Garnett, Institute for Student Achievement; Robert Hull, NASBE (moderator))

Concurrent Session: Third-Grade Reading Matters: A Policymaker’s Role in Supporting Early Literacy

Third-grade reading scores have long been touted an early indicator of learning success and a predictor of academic achievement. But struggling readers need intervention much earlier, and their teachers play the most important role in helping them. An expert shares what policymakers need to know about early literacy, teaching skills, and resources and gives examples of good supporting policy.

(Presenter: Nell K. Duke, University of Michigan; Brooke Axiotis, Iowa State Board of Education (moderator)) 

Concurrent Session: Preparing High School Students for College and Careers

How do state boards ensure that all high school students are prepared for the postsecondary endeavors of their choosing? Experts share how changes in graduation requirements can help states look beyond Carnegie units to create courses and experiences that position students for success.

(Presenters: Terri Rowenhorst, The NROC Project; Jennifer Sattem, Achieve; Stephen Pruitt, Southern Regional Education Board (moderator)) 

Plenary Session: Improving University Principal Preparation

In 2016, The Wallace Foundation launched the $48.5 million University Principal Preparation Initiative (UPPI) to support seven universities, their district and state partners, and mentors to redesign the universities’ principal preparation programs. A representative from a participating university previews an upcoming UPPI study, scheduled for public release on November 6, and provides evidence-based insights on state board roles.

(Presenter: Daniel Reyes-Guerra, Florida Atlantic University; Robert Hull, NASBE)

Plenary Session: State Leadership in a Time of Change

Experts give practical advice on how state boards can work collaboratively with their counterparts in state government to achieve a shared vision for education.

(Presenters: Jeremy Anderson, Education Commission of the States; Carissa Moffat Miller, Council of Chief State School Officers; Michelle Exstrom, National Conference of State Legislatures; R. Kirk Jonas, National Governors Association (invited); Joanne Weiss, Weiss Associates (moderator))

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