Equity and Excellence in Education  |  August 8, 2019  | 

Gaylord Palms Resort  |  Kissimmee, FL


Join us for a day of professional development and collaboration at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. Participants will receive a certificate for 3 hours of CEU credits. Lunch is included. Space is limited, register today.

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8:30 – 9:00 am:      Check-In / On-site Registration

9:00 – 9:15 am:        Introduction and Welcome

9:15 – 10:00 am:      Keynote Presentation: Leading for Equity
                                 Speaker: Shawn Joseph, Education Consultant, Former Superintendent of Metro Nashville Public Schools 

10:00 – 10:45 am:    Panel Presentation: Advancing Equity Through Next-Gen Personalized Learning
                                 Speakers: Hear from four local leaders in education

10:45 – 11:00 am:    Break

11:00 – 11:50 am:    Morning Breakout sessions

11:50 – 1:00 pm:      Lunch and Special Performance from Local Elementary School Students

1:00 – 1:50 pm:        Breakout sessions

2:00 – 2:50 pm:      Breakout sessions

2:50 – 3:00 pm:      Closing

Morning Presentations: Learn More

Leading for Equity (Keynote Presentation)

Shawn Joseph will draw upon his leadership experiences during his tim eat Metro Nashville School District, Prince George’s County Public Schools and Montgomery County Public Schools, sharin how our education system can be modernized through innovation and evidence to ensure all students – regardless of gender, race, or zip code – have equitable access to excellent teaching and resources, while lifting up the profession of teaching.

Advancing Equity Through Next-Gen Personalized Learning (Panel Presentation)
Speakers: Hear from four local leaders in education on the topic of equity and personalized learning

Innovative leaders are rethinking how to design learning experiences and educational systems that unlock the learning potential of every student. But what impact do these new models have on key stakeholders within the learning ecosystem? In this session, panelists will unpack definitions of personalized learning and envision how it will evolve in the next-generation classroom to promote equity.

Morning Breakout Sessions: Select One

Attendees will have the choice to attend one of the following morning breakout sessions:

Cultivating Young Mathematicians in Your Schools
Speaker: Stefani Kauppali, Senior Manager of Professional Development, DreamBox Learning

Mathematics empowers students to think logically about problems and to make sense of techniques for solving them. This session engages educators in discourse around supporting a growth mindset in the classroom, allowing students to productively struggle while independently and collaboratively grappling with new ideas. Teachers learn strategies for cultivating a culture that views challenges and failures as opportunities.

District Approaches to Raising Math Achievement: Cultivating Teacher Readiness
Speaker: David Woods, Director of Curriculum, DreamBox Learning

To improve student outcomes and instructional effectiveness, district leaders are implementing systemic changes to more deeply connect curriculum, instruction, and assessment and thereby better meet the needs of their diverse learners. Simultaneously, they are supporting and empowering educators to better understand and implement these approaches for sustained success. In this session, learn gain actionable strategies for leading and implementing transformative changes that improve math learning outcomes and build capacity.

Leading, Implementing, and Scaling Innovations in Personalized Learning
Speaker: Local Educator

There are many factors to consider when implementing new technology-enhanced learning models to benefit students, teachers, parents, and school culture. This session will provide a real-world framework for leading innovation in your district, including creating alignment, measuring district readiness for change, and utilizing backward-design thinking to produce meaningful outcomes.

Using Student Learning Data to Foster a Growth Culture
Speaker: Elizabeth Venn, DreamBox Learning

Effective data-driven instruction isn’t just about accumulating data. To move educators and learners forward in their achievement, administrators are building a culture of data-driven practices that enable them to measure growth and continuously improve their results. Attendees will learn a practical framework for creating a data-informed growth culture that guides instructional decision making and supports all students at the right level.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions: Select Two

Attendees will have the choice to attend two of the following afternoon breakout sessions:

A Vision for Blended Learning in the Classroom
Speaker: Courtney Thompson, Professional Development Specialist, DreamBox Learning

This session engages educators in creating a vision and implementation plan for building a blended-learning model. Our Professional Development specialists facilitate conversations involving cultivating mathematical mindsets, classroom culture, and exploring new models for math learning and engagement. Educators will leave with a plan to implement this vision in their classrooms.

Unlocking Mathematical Thinking
Speaker: David Woods, Director of Curriculum, DreamBox Learning

A strong foundation in math can prepare students to succeed in meeting the rigorous, and often technical, demands of the 21st century. As education systems move toward competency-based learning, there is increasing pressure for students to demonstrate deep conceptual understanding at every step, and for teachers to effectively prepare students in mathematics. Learn strategies for building a math culture that empowers student agency and supports teachers in creating powerful learning experiences.

Assessing for Learning: Dynamic vs. Static Assessment
Speaker: Local Educator

Traditional approaches to assessment often reflect a retroactive view of student learning. When educators have tools to assess learning at every stage of the learning process and drive bolder personalized learning approaches, students achieve more. This session will examine ways to assess development dynamically to inform teaching and gain greater visibility into student readiness and mathematical thinking.

Transforming Classrooms into Communities of Mathematicians
Speaker: Elizabeth Venn, Curriculum Specialist, DreamBox Learning

In this session, learn how school and district leaders can help build places where children explore interesting problems and, like mathematicians, engage in crafting solutions, justifications, and proofs of their own making.


Get to Know our Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Shawn Joseph

Educator, Consultant, Author

Dr. Shawn Joseph passion for equity and social justice has led him to serve in a number of positions in the world of education.  He has been an English teacher, school administrator, central office administrator, and superintendent in Maryland, Delaware, and Tennessee. His work as the superintendent of Metro Nashville Public Schools resulted in schools that are more equitable and accelerated growth for all student groups in both reading and mathematics.

In 2009, Dr. Joseph was honored by his peers as the National Association of Secondary School Administrator’s Met-Life Middle School Principal of the year for the State of Maryland.  In 2010, Dr. Joseph was the recipient of the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Dissertation Award in the area of Educational Leadership.  In 2019, Dr. Joseph was selected as the Person of the Year by the Tribune Newspaper in Nashville.  His first book, The Principal’s Guide to the First 100 Days of the School Year: Creating Instructional Momentum, offers insight into the complexity of the principalship and suggests strategies for focusing on increasing student achievement.  Dr. Joseph is married with two children, and he resides in the Nashville, TN.