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October 25, - October 27, 2011


TEXAS SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT CONFERENCE • 2011

WELCOME I would like to welcome you to the 2011 School Improvement Conference. As we enter an era of increasing demands on decreasing resources, systemic school improvement takes on an additional set of challenges. Students and Educators face a new and more rigorous student assessment system coupled with a new accountability system. Additionally, you have fewer resources to address staff professional development needs and to provide support for under-performing students. If sustained school improvement is to be accomplished under these conditions, a higher standard of commitment is required and this year’s School Improvement Conference is designed to support that level of commitment.

The theme of this year’s conference is SPARK success. The focus the next two days is the limitless potential of a single spark. Take a moment to consider a powerful Dodge Hemi pickup truck, a fast Mustang GT, or a luxurious Cadillac sedan. Regardless of the style, the size, or even the price, these automobiles remain immobile in the absence of a spark. A tiny spark ignites the fuel that creates a controlled explosion in the cylinder that moves a piston that turns the crankshaft that eventually transfers power to the drive train and wheels to begin a journey of the driver’s choosing. Your school improvement team can provide the spark to begin or continue your school’s journey toward excellence. Conference planners have assembled a cadre of researchers, consultants, practitioners, and educational peers to provide you an array of opportunities for learning and interaction. This is an outstanding opportunity for educators around the state of Texas to learn new strategies and to share and exchange current best practices. We consider it a privilege to work with you and your school community. I wish each of you a successful and rewarding conference experience. Sincerely,

Terry W. Smith Executive Director, Education Service Center Region XIII

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TEXAS SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT CONFERENCE The School Improvement Resource Center is honored to have all of you join us for the 2011 Texas School Improvement Conference. Each and every day we teach students, we are given a gift and an opportunity. The gift is that we are able to touch the minds and lives of our future through working with children. The opportunity is that we can “SPARK” in every student the desire for learning, succeeding, and growing into an adult who can make a positive impact on the society in which he or she lives. The essence of the vocation we have chosen is embodied by a quote from Dante Aligieri: “A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark.” As educators, we hold within our grasp the ability to create that tiny spark–a spark that may have lasting effects far greater than we may ever know. The mighty flame is fueled by the spark. What is the mighty flame? It is the knowledge and power of the spark that rests within each child. What starts as a spark and evolves into a mighty flame is the highest achievement we can reach as educators. Our goal is to create within each and every student the ability to learn, grow, and build knowledge, so he or she has the opportunity to achieve his or her highest desires and goals. It is our greatest hope that this conference will give you a renewed sense of passion and desire to spark success within the students you serve. As we embark on another school year, we invite you to participate in these two days as we offer opportunities that will enrich your personal and professional growth.

Within highly successful schools, specific activities and actions are present, which are called Critical Success Factors. The 2011 Texas School Improvement Conference sessions are organized around these Critical Success Factors. Conference participants may choose presentations from the following strands:

S P A R K

upporting a positive school climate

reparing high quality teachers and leaders

dvancing academic performance eaching out to parents and community

eeping the focus on quality data and learning time

Lee Courville

Coordinator School Improvement Program © 2011 ESC Region XIII

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Special Thanks to the Austin ISD Fine Arts Department AISD performances by:

McCallum HS Steel Drum under the direction of Matt Ehler

Austin HS Orchestra

under the direction of Anna Solis Herrera

Bowie HS Jazz Band

under the direction of Kim Shuttlesworth

Bowie HS Jazz Choir under the direction of Ryan Gee

Eastside HS Pep Band under the direction of Alan Guckian

Austin HS Jazz

under the direction of Peter Acosta

Reagan HS Drum Line

under the direction of Ormide Armstrong

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“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer


TEXAS SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT CONFERENCE • 2011

DAILY AGENDA TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2011 PRE-CONFERENCE Time

PRE-CONFERENCE

Session

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Registration / Full Breakfast Buffet – Atrium / Ballroom D Foyer

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference – Ballroom D

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception / Early Registration – Exhibit Hall 5/ Atrium Entertainment by AISD McCallum HS Steel Drums and the AISD Austin HS Orchestra

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011 Time Session 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Registration / Full Breakfast Buffet – Atrium / Exhibit Hall 4 Entertainment by AISD Bowie HS Jazz Band and AISD Bowie HS Jazz Choir

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Welcome and Keynote Speaker Brené Brown – Exhibit Hall 4

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Session #1

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Breakout Session #2

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Lunch / Gaye Lang, TEA – Exhibit Hall 4 / PSP Luncheon - Ballroom D

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Exhibitor Hall – Exhibit Hall 5 Entertainment provided by AISD Eastside HS Pep Band

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Breakout Session #3

3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Structured Networking – Exhibit Hall 4

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2011 Time

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DAY 1

DAY 2

Session

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast in Exhibitor Hall – Exhibit Hall 5 Entertainment provided by AISD Austin HS Jazz Band

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Breakout Session #4

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Breakout Session #5

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Exhibitor Hall (snacks provided) – Exhibit Hall 5 Entertainment provided by the AISD Reagan HS Drumline

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker Principal Baruti Kafele and Closing – Exhibit Hall 4

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YOUR CONFERENCE ROAD MAP Organize your personal session plan... Get the most out of the 2011 Texas School Improvment Conference!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Registration / Full Breakfast Buffet – Atrium / Exhibit Hall 4

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Welcome and Keynote Speaker Brené Brown – Exhibit Hall 4

Session One

Your Choices

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Session Two

Your Choices

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Lunch / Gaye Lang, TEA – Exhibit Hall 4 / PSP Luncheon - Ballroom D Exhibitors Breakouts • Your Choices

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Session Three

Your Choices

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Structured Networking – Exhibit Hall 4

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2011 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Session Four

Continental Breakfast in Exhibitor Hall – Exhibit Hall 5

Your Choices

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Session Five

Your Choices

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Exhibitors Breakouts • Your Choices

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

© 2011 ESC Region XIII

Keynote Speaker Principal Baruti Kafele and Closing – Exhibit Hall 4

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE OCTOBER 25, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. AUDIENCE

SESSION TITLE

STRAND

Pre-Conference Pre-Conference Breakfast Participants

ROOM Ballroom D

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ALL

Engaging Every Family - Steve Constantino

R

Ballroom D

A

11 A

STRAND

ROOM

A

EH 4

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Transformation Cycle 1 PSP

Transformation Cycle 1 Action Research

OCTOBER 26, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. AUDIENCE ALL

SESSION TITLE Welcome and Keynote Speaker Brené Brown

10:15 a.m. -26, 11:15 a.m.a.m. - 11:15 a.m. OCTOBER 10:15 1. Common Intervention at the Core of Instruction (K-8)

A

11 A

IS / TL

2. Racially Relevant Instructional Strategies for Teaching African American Students

A

11 B

ALL

3. A Sparkling Document, the School-Parent Compact

R

12 A

IS / TL

4. Utilizing Your Time Effectively During Common Planning for Middle School Math

P

12 B

IS / PSP / ESC

5. Full Grant Implementation Through Distributed Leadership 9-12

P

13 A

ADM

6. How Madden '11 and Video Games Improve Test Scores!

S

13 B

ALL

7. The 4 F's of Positive Discipline to Raise Student Scores and Lower Teacher Stress: Focused, Firm, Fair, Follow Through

S

14

ALL

8. A Systems Approach to Redesigning Urban High Schools

A

15

ALL

9. It's Their School, Their Kids, and Their Money – School/Community Relations

R

16 A

ALL

10. Igniting the Passion for a Positive School Climate!

S

16 B

Teacher Leaders

TL

Supporting a Positive School Climate

S

Instructional Specialists

IS

Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders

P

Advancing Academic Performance

A

Reaching out to Parents and Community

R

Keeping the Focus on Quality Data and Learning Time

K

Professional Service Provider

PSP

Service Center Representative

ESC

District Representative

DR

Administrator 8

STRAND

AUDIENCE

IS / PSP

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OCTOBER 26, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. AUDIENCE

SESSION TITLE

STRAND

ROOM

ADM / TL / PSP

11. Transforming Classroom Practices

P

17 A

TL / IS

12. From Memoirs to Marsupials: Supporting Informational Writing in Upper Elementary

A

17 B

TL

13. Increasing Student Learning with Distributed Assessments

K

18 A

TL / IS

14. Flexible Grouping: A Structure to "Spark Success"

P

18 B

ADM / ESC / PSP 15. Supporting Campus Improvement from Central Office with Data

K

18 C

ADM

16. Grand Central Station: Proactive Intervention at Waco High School

A

18 D

ALL

17. ELLs: Improving English Language Development

P

19 A

TL / IS

18. Curriculum Prioritization Leads to Higher Achievement

A

19 B

ALL

19. Program Development for High School

A

Ballroom E

Required Stage 3 Corrective Action Teams

20. SIRC Stage 3

A

Ballroom F

ADM

21. Engaging Parents

R

Exhibit Hall 5 Stage A

TL / IS

22. Vocabulary Instruction that Impacts Student Achievement

A

Exhibit Hall 5 Stage B

ALL

23. Be Strategic: Number Sense, Computational Fluency, and Professional Learning

P

Exhibit Hall 5 Stage C

STRAND

ROOM

OCTOBER 26, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. AUDIENCE

SESSION TITLE

ADM / IS / PSP

24. Data Rooms for Monitoring

K

11 A

IS / TL

25. Help Them Achieve Their Dreams By Remembering Your Own

R

11 B

ALL

26. Is Chicken Brain Food? Chick-fil-A Partners with Forest Park Middle School

R

12 A

ALL / Charter

27. Go Big or Go Home: Big Dreams Inspire Great Teams

P

12 B

ADM / ESC

28. Intervention and Acceleration Instruction: A Collection of PK-12 Best Practices

P

13 A

ALL

29. Designing Student Assessments While Implementing a Redo Policy

A

13 B

ADM / ESC / PSP

30. Increasing Student Motivation Through Personalization Structures: A Case Study that Describes a Middle School's Organizational Structures that Led to Increased Student Motivation

S

14

ALL

31. Turn Around School

S

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE OCTOBER 26, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. AUDIENCE

SESSION TITLE

STRAND

ROOM

32. Piloting A New Course for Supplemental Educational Services

A

16 A

TL / IS

33. Strategies for Questioning: Are We Asking the "Just Right" Questions to Spark Success?

K

16 B

TL / IS

34. No Teacher Left Behind: Keeping up with and Captivating Generation Next

P

17 A

ADM / IS

35. Do You Have What it Takes to be a Turnaround Leader?

P

17 B

TL

36. Getting Back to the Basics: Exemplary Lessons Focused on Learning

P

18 A

TL

37. Spark your Students' Interest with Activating Strategies (K-12)

A

18 B

ALL

38. From Punitive to Positive - A Renaissance of Expectations

S

18 C

ADM

39. Increasing Achievement: Leading for Excellence and Turning Around Schools

P

18 D

TL / IS

40. Capturing the Teenager's Brain

A

19 A

TL / IS

41. Connecting with At-Risk Students: It’s All about Relationships

S

19 B

TL / ADM

42. Formative Assessments

A

Ballroom E

Required Stage 4+ Restructuring Team

43. SIRC Stage 4+ Restructuring Team

A

Ballroom D

ALL

44. TEA Q+A

A

Ballroom G

ADM / IS

45. Walkthroughs With a Purpose

P

Exhibit Hall 5 Stage A

ALL

46. Burnout to Breakthrough

S

Exhibit Hall 5 Stage B

ALL

47. Reading Comprehension & Thinking Your Way Through Text: The Differences that Make a Difference for Struggling Readers

P

Exhibit Hall 5 Stage C

Teacher Leaders

TL

Supporting a Positive School Climate

S

Instructional Specialists

IS

Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders

P

Advancing Academic Performance

A

Reaching out to Parents and Community

R

Keeping the Focus on Quality Data and Learning Time

K

Professional Service Provider

PSP

Service Center Representative

ESC

District Representative

DR

Administrator 10

STRAND

AUDIENCE

ADM

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OCTOBER 26, 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. AUDIENCE

SESSION TITLE

STRAND

ROOM

ALL

48. Using Your Data to Prepare for STAAR

K

Exhibit Hall 5 Stage B

TL / IS

49. Improving Fluency by Combining Teacher Modeling, Repeated Reading and Progress Monitoring

P

Exhibit Hall 5 Stage C

STRAND

ROOM

OCTOBER 26, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. AUDIENCE

SESSION TITLE

ADM / PSP

50. The Alpha Initiative: Making A Difference One Student At a Time

R

11 A

TL / IS

51. Quality Questioning in the Middle School Classroom

P

11 B

TL / IS

52. Conferencing, Coaching, and Choice: Improving the Desire to Learn ALL Students

S

12 A

ALL / ESC

53. Make the Most of Your Campus Snapshot Report

K

12 B

TL / IS

54. How to Maintain Active Ongoing Student Engagement in Relatively Large Middle School Math Classes

A

13 A

ADM

55. AVID: Increasing Academic and Instructional Rigor

S

13 B

TL

56. The Ins and Outs of the Saturday Boot Camp

A

14

TL

57. H  ow to Get the Most from Summarizing Strategies (Elem. - High School)

A

15

ALL

58. On Higher Ground

A

16 A

ALL

59. Moving from Chaos to Tranquility: A Systems Approach for Secondary School Reform Efforts

A

16 B

Elementary TL / IS / ADM

60. Dynamic Teaching to Invigorate Your Students

K

17 A

ADM / PSP's

61. Transformation of the "Impossible" Campus

S

17 B

TL / IS

62. Making the Right Connections: SPARK Students’ SUCCESS in Middle School Mathematics!

A

18 A

ALL

63. Teacher Leadership and Efficacy: Key to Improvement at ALL Levels

P

18 B

ALL

64. Capture Your Parents!

R

18 C

TL / IS

65. Effective Grading Practices: 12 Fixes for Broken Grades

K

18 D

ADM / IS / PSPs

66. Administrative Support of Inclusive Practices for Struggling Students With and Without Disabilities

P

19 A

ALL

67. Six Sources for Influencing Change: Multiple Approaches for Profound, Persistent, and Resistant Problems

S

19 B

ALL

68. Teacher Leadership

P

Ballroom E

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE OCTOBER 26, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. AUDIENCE

SESSION TITLE

STRAND

ROOM

Required of LEA Representatives 69. SIRC District of SIP Campuses

P

Ballroom D

ALL

70. Maximizing Resources Through State and Federal Coordination

A

Ballroom G

ADM / TL / IS

71. Breaking Down the Biology End-of-Course, Science STAAR, and Science TAKS

A

Exhibit Hall 5 Stage A

ALL

72. Multi-Sensory Math Instruction for Students AND Teachers

P

Exhibit Hall 5 Stage B

ADM / PSPs

73. Creating a Culture of High Expectations: A Practitioners Experience of Leading School Communities and Obtaining Positive Results

S

Exhibit Hall 5 Stage C

STRAND

ROOM

A

Exhibit Hall 4

OCTOBER 26th, 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. AUDIENCE Required of ALL participants

SESSION TITLE 74. Structured Networking

This concludes today’s sessions; see you tomorrow!

“Your role as a leader is even more important than you might imagine. You have the power to help people become winners.”

Teacher Leaders

TL

Supporting a Positive School Climate

S

Instructional Specialists

IS

Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders

P

Advancing Academic Performance

A

Reaching out to Parents and Community

R

Keeping the Focus on Quality Data and Learning Time

K

Professional Service Provider

PSP

Service Center Representative

ESC

District Representative

DR

Administrator 12

STRAND

AUDIENCE

– Ken Blanchard

ADM © 2011 ESC Region XIII


OCTOBER 27, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 am. AUDIENCE

SESSION TITLE

STRAND

ROOM

TL / IS

75. Supporting High School Mathematics Through Interdisciplinary Activities

A

11 A

TL

76. 5 WAYS to “ Engage” Your Students in Grades 4-8 Math While Integrating “Rigor and Relevance”

A

11 B

ALL

77. Parent Learning Walks: How to show Parents what is Happening in the Classrooms

R

12 A

ALL

78. The New Coach at the High School, the Literacy Coach: Empowering Teachers for Student Success

P

12 B

ALL

79. Open Source Solutions

P

13 A

ALL

80. Improve Now: The Secret of Rapid Improvement

A

13 B

ALL

81. Using Data for Campus Improvement

K

14

ALL / ESC

82. Putting Spark into Your Family Engagement Program with a Meaningful Parental Involvement Policy

R

15

TL / IS

83. Strategies to Get Your Middle and High School English Learners Speaking, Reading, Writing and Thinking

A

16 A

ADM / PSP

84. Leading the Flock: The Role of the TTIPS District Shepherd

S

16 B

ALL

85. Campus Planning Event: Light the Fire, Sparks Will Fly!

K

17 A

ALL

86. OnTRACK for College Readiness: Digital Tools and Resources for High School

A

17 B

ALL

87. Sparking the Move From Data to Instruction

K

18 A

TL / IS

88. Motivating the Unmotivated: Connecting Disconnected Students

A

18 B

ALL

89. Designing Student Assessments While Implementing a Redo Policy

P

18 C

ADM

90. Bringing Out the Best in Your School!

S

18 D

ALL

91. Bridging Thinking Through Interventions

P

19 A

ALL

92. Campus Behavior Intervention Success Strategies (CBISS): A Proactive Approach to Academic and Behavioral Intervention

S

19 B

TL / IS / PSP

93. Engaging Struggling Students through Differentiation and Learning Styles in Inclusive Classrooms

A

Ballroom E

ALL

94. Lessons Learned from District Involvement in Supporting Low Performing Campuses

A

Ballroom G

ADM / IS

95. Too Many Tests! Are Your Tests Providing What You Think They're Providing?

K

Exhibit Hall 5 Stage A

TL / IS

96. Teaching Relevant Science and Math within the Agriculture Curriculum

A

Exhibit Hall 5 Stage B

TL / IS / ADM

97. Touch Math: Building Number Sense and Math Fact Fluency for Struggling Intermediate and Middle School Students

A

Exhibit Hall 5 Stage C

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE OCTOBER 27, 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 am. SESSION TITLE

STRAND

ROOM

TL / IS

98. Techniques to Achieve 100% Engagement 100% of the Time: Enhancing your Secondary Mathematics Program for your LEP students

A

11 A

ALL

99. Campus Snapshot: Not Just Another School Picture

K

11 B

ALL / ESC

100. Getting Parents Onboard

R

12 A

ADM / Charter

101. Developing Leaders to Promote Secondary Student Success

P

12 B

ALL

102. Everything You Wanted to Know About Project Share!

P

13 A

TL / IS

103. Spark Success With Customized Student Assignments

A

13 B

ALL

104. The Dropout Dilemma 2011: Solutions

S

14

ADM / IS

105. Comprehensive Middle School Reform: 8 Key Practices

A

15

ALL

106. Using Data to Facilitate Academic Growth in Middle School

K

16 A

ALL / ESC

107. Empowering Teachers to Lead the Turnaround Process

P

16 B

ALL

108. RESULTS NOW: Achieving Unprecedented improvements in Teaching and Learning

P

17 A

ADM / PSP's

109. Force Field Analysis: A Change Management Technique

S

17 B

ADM / IS

110. Coaching to Build Confidence, Competence, and Capacity

P

18 A

ALL

111. Building School-Wide Academic Interventions From the Ground Up

A

18 B

ADM

112. Successful Leadership for Struggling Schools

P

18 C

ALL

113. What Every School Leader Should Know About Instruction: The Fundamental 5

P

18 D

TL/ IS

114. No Wasted Time! No Wasted Space!

K

19 A

ALL

115. Realizing "Focus" in Our Schools: School Improvement (PreK-12) Strategies and Structures from Focus – Elevating the Essentials To Radically Improve Student Learning

A

19 B

TL / IS

116. Math: Grades 5-8: Don't Get Caught In the Middle!

A

Ballroom E

Required TTLA PSPs

117. Texas Turnaround Leadership Academy

P

Ballroom F

Teacher Leaders

TL

Supporting a Positive School Climate

S

Instructional Specialists

IS

Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders

P

Advancing Academic Performance

A

Reaching out to Parents and Community

R

Keeping the Focus on Quality Data and Learning Time

K

Professional Service Provider

PSP

Service Center Representative

ESC

District Representative

DR

Administrator 14

STRAND

AUDIENCE

AUDIENCE

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OCTOBER 27, 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 am. AUDIENCE

SESSION TITLE

STRAND

ROOM

ADM / IS/ TL

118. Address Social and Behavioral Issues to Increase Academic Performance

S

Exhibit Hall 5 Stage A

ALL

119. From Techno Cool to Techno Tool: Time to Chart a New Course

A

Exhibit Hall 5 Stage B

ADM / IS/ TL

120. Empower and Leverage Best Instructional Solutions through Professional learning: Pre-K through 12

P

Exhibit Hall 5 Stage C

STRAND

ROOM

OCTOBER 27, 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 am. AUDIENCE

SESSION TITLE

ALL

121. You Can’t Fix What You Can’t See: The Use of Frequent Classroom Observation

K

Exhibit Hall 5 Stage A

ALL

122. Help! My Students Are All Different! Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in All Grades

P

Exhibit Hall 5 Stage B

TL / IS

123. How Does Scaffolding Grade Level Expectations Produce Successful Learners?

A

Exhibit Hall 5 Stage C

Have a great conference!

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“I saw as a teacher how, if you take that spark of learning that those children have, and you ignite it, you can take a child from any background to a lifetime of creativity and accomplishment.” – Paul Wellstone


TEXAS SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT CONFERENCE • 2011

Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dr. Steven M. Constantino has a rich, remarkable, and rewarding career in education and is one of the nation’s most sought-after thought leaders in the field of engaging families in education.

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Dr. Constantino’s success in the practical application of family engagement research is well-documented in magazines, periodicals, journals and in his three books devoted to the practice of family engagement. He has appeared at hundreds of conferences, has helped schools and districts in 40 states, and has traveled around the world working to raise the achievement of students by building a strong efficacy for all families. Dr. Constantino shares his humor and inspiring success story to describe the framework needed to successfully engage all families. He works with educators, school boards, schools and school districts to not only raise awareness for family engagement but also to help put into place successful family engagement practices that lead to the achievement of all students. From 1995 to 2003, Dr. Constantino served as principal of Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, Virginia. Stonewall achieved much success, both nationally and internationally. During Dr. Constantino’s tenure, Stonewall Jackson High School student achievement consistently improved. Stonewall was named

number one among all Prince William County High Schools in the percentage of students entering college and among the top ten percent of schools worldwide offering the International Baccalaureate Program. Dr. Constantino is also a former professor of Educational Leadership at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Constantino is the 1997 Principal of the Year, which was awarded by the Virginia State Counseling Association; he is the 2000 recipient of the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award as well as being named the Prince William County Principal of the Year for 2000. In March 2000, and again in May 2003, Stonewall Jackson High School was listed among the nation’s “Top 100 high schools” in Newsweek magazine. The May 2001 issue of Time Magazine announced Stonewall Jackson as its “High School of the Year.” SAT Scores at Stonewall Jackson climbed 91 points in six years making Stonewall number one in SAT participation and achievement among all Prince William County Schools. Under Dr. Constantino’s leadership, Stonewall Jackson High School became a world-renown International Baccalaureate School. Dr. Constantino continues to make it a priority to not only raise awareness for family engagement but to help educators put into place successful family engagement practices that lead to the achievement of all students. He was invited by the Victoria Ministry of Education in Melbourne, Australia to work with educators and is a featured presenter and lecturer for the International Confederation of Principals, appearing at their Executive Council Summit in Shanghai, China in 2008. Presently, Dr. Constantino is the Superintendent of the Williamsburg-James City County School District in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dr. Brené Brown is a professor and vulnerability researcher at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Because vulnerability is at the center of many thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, her research topics cover a broad range of emotions and experiences, including shame, courage, and authenticity. Brené writes... “In our culture, vulnerability has become synonymous with weakness. We associate vulnerability with emotions like fear, shame, and scarcity: emotions that we don’t want to discuss even when they profoundly affect every aspect of our lives. To reduce our feelings of vulnerability, we wake up every morning, put on our game face, and rarely take it off even at home. We use invulnerability as a shield to protect us from uncomfortable emotions and struggles with anxiety and self-doubt. But invulnerability has a price. Vulnerability is indeed at the core of difficult emotions, but it is also the birthplace of authenticity, courage, joy, love, belonging, accountability, innovation, inspiration, creativity, and spirituality. When we avoid or shut down vulnerability, we lose access to the experiences that give purpose and meaning to our lives. If we want to change the way we live, love, parent, teach, lead organizations, and build communities, we have to start with a conversation about vulnerability–this is where our story begins.

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Brené spent the first five years of her decadelong study focusing on shame and fear, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness. She poses the questions: –How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? –How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy? Brené has won numerous teaching awards including the College’s Outstanding Faculty Award. In 2008, she was named Behavioral Health Scholar-in-Residence at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. Brené’s work has been featured on PBS, NPR, and the Oprah and Friends Radio Network, and her articles have appeared in Self magazine, Elle magazine, and many national newspapers. She is also a frequent guest on radio shows across the US, and she has given two TEDx talks on her vulnerability research. Most recently, Houston Women Magazine named her one of “The 50 Most Influential Women of 2009.”

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Principal Baruti Kafele

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Milken National Educator, best-selling author, educational consultant, and motivational speaker: Principal Baruti Kafele is on fire! He’s on a mission to motivate, educate, and empower educators, parents, and children toward the elimination of the attitude gap, the world over.

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Principal Kafele excelled as an urban public school educator in New Jersey for over twenty years. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. He was also selected for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers six times. As a middle and high school principal in East Orange, Plainfield and Newark, NJ, he led the transformation of four different schools, including Newark Tech H.S., which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to recognition by U.S. News and World Report Magazine as one of America’s best high schools. Currently, Principal Kafele is an educational consultant and motivational speaker which enable him to spread his empowering message of attitude transformation throughout the U.S. and beyond.

Principal Kafele is happily married to his wife Kimberley, and is the proud father of his three children, Baruti, Jabari, and Kibriya. He earned his B.S. degree in Management Science/Marketing from Kean University where he graduated summa cum laude, and his M.A. degree in Educational Administration from New Jersey City University. He is the author of five books which include his national best-seller, Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life. He is also the recipient of over one hundred educational, professional and community awards, which include the prestigious Milken National Educator Award in 2009 and the City of Dickinson, Texas proclaiming February 8, 1998 as Baruti Kafele Day.

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SESSION DESCRIPTIONS DAY 1 • SESSION 1 OCTOBER 26, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 1. Common Intervention at the Core of Instruction (K-8)

Presenter: Billy Snow Room: 11 A Strand: Advancing Academic Performance Learn strategies from the 2008 Elementary Principal of the Year and the 2011 National Distinguished Principal Finalist who place intervention at the core of instruction, reduced SPED and referral rates, eliminated pull outs, increased inclusion, and resulted in skyrocketing scores. Real life solutions, easy to implement strategies that create a unified student services model will be shared. Audience: Instructional Specialist / PSPs

2. Racially Relevant Instructional Strategies for Teaching African American Students

Presenter: Mack Hines Room: 11 B Strand: Advancing Academic Performance In this session, the presenter engages participants in hands-on, experiential strategies for improving the academic development and responsiveness of African American students. In particular, participants gain indepth knowledge on how to use research-based, African American cultural norms of oral expression, verve, multilevel togetherness, and experiential vitality to improve the classroom and standardized testing behaviors of African American children. Audience: Instructional Specialist / Teacher leaders

3. A Sparkling Document, the School-Parent Compact

Presenter: Skip Forsyth Room: 12 A Strand: Reaching out to Parents and Community A spark produces fire and a fire produces light and heat. The school-parent compact is neither a holy writ nor Shakespeare, but it should generate light and heat within the school community. Practical ideas for effectively highlighting the school-parent compact will be shared. The school-parent compact is a document for “reaching out to parents and community.” Principals, parental involvement coordinators, and ESC personnel will benefit from this presentation as they receive info about the value and contents of a school-parent compact and how to develop a school-parent compact. Session attendees will receive various print materials including “Developing a School-Parent Compact.” Audience: All 22

4. Utilizing Your Time Effectively During Common Planning for Middle School Math

Presenters: Joyce Polanco, Krislyn Stephens Room: 12 B Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders This session will discuss how middle school math coaches and teachers can effectively utilize their time during common planning to help prepare high quality teachers and leaders. We will also discuss how building professional learning communities can help increase student engagement, improve classroom instruction and incorporate best practices in the classroom. Strategies and ideas will be shared. Audience: Instructional Specialist / Teacher leaders

5. Full Grant Implementation through Distributed Leadership

Presenters: Dahlia Aguilar, Benita Becerra Room: 13 A Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders Receiving the Grant award is just the first step in the process. Ensuring full implementation and institutionalization of the Grant throughout a 5-A high school is the biggest challenge. Setting up the process of distributed leadership throughout the administrative team and extending through the department chairs is a good start. Then, development of invested Teacher Leaders and focused and frequent observation of teachers is the next step. Those teachers who are struggling with the implementation of change must be quickly diagnosed and fast-tracked into sessions with those teachers who are promoting student success. This is the blueprint to ensure that successful process. Audience: Instructional Specialists/ PSPs / ESC Reps

6. How Madden, ‘11 and Video Games Improve Test Scores!

Presenter: Bill Bradshaw Room: 13 B Strand: Supporting a Positive School Climate Forest Park Middle School implemented an incentive program based on academic improvement for our students. Test scores are on the rise, benchmarks and assessments are improving, and discipline problems are down with a large part due to the Eagles Nest, an incentive based room for at-risk students. Audience: Administration

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7. The 4 F’s of Positive Discipline to Raise Student Scores and Lower Teacher Stress: Focused, Firm, Fair, Follow Through

Presenters: Jeff Blackstone, Dennis Mitchell Room: 14 Strand: Supporting a Positive School Climate Focused: - People don’t plan to fail; they just fail to plan. Teachers must have a plan consisting of expectations in academics and behavior. Then these expectations must be taught. Firm: - Expectations must be consistent throughout the school both in the classroom with teachers and outside the classroom with administration. Fair: - Consistency when working with students is vital. This means being consistent with all children. Follow Through: - Stick to the plan. Once a student has earned a consequence through their behavioral choices, the student must fulfill the consequence earned. Audience: All

8. A Systems Approach to Redesigning Urban High Schools

Presenters: Shon Joseph, Michael Timms Room: 15 Strand: Advancing Academic Performance No structure, no organization. Decisions are made without collaboration. Student achievement is low. Long-range planning means what we are going to do later the same day. Jeopardy question: What is survival mode? Where do you start when a transformation is needed in all areas of the organization? This session will share the bestpractice techniques utilized in transforming a school. Participants will receive strategies utilized to address key areas in each of the conference strands. Bring your ideas. We are looking forward to an interactive, share-fair. Audience: ALL

9. It’s Their School, Their Kids, and Their Money - School/Community Relations

Presenter: Gene Sheets Room: 16 A Strand: Reaching out to Parents and Community This highly engaging, interactive session will enable principals, teachers, and other administrators to internalize the who, what, why, and how of good schoolcommunity relations. Participants will share innovative ideas and models of successful school-community relations that they can implement immediately to help them reach out to parents and community. Audience: ALL

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10. Igniting the Passion for a Positve School Climate!

Presenter: Christian Rauch Room: 16 B Strand: Supporting a Positive School Climate Enthusiasm, confidence, energy, and motivation initiated by the leader moves through an organization like LIGHT. It strengthens and encourages others to higher performance. It’s positive, renewing, and encourages growth. As it moves, it ignites other sources of positive leadership that add their own light - until it shines in every corner of the organization. It’s exciting. And it’s empowering. Grab a front row seat in this fast-paced session and discover powerful tools for building highly motivated leadership teams in your school. Engage in inspired interactions on how to implement positive school climate-building initiatives. Hang on to your hat! The session is motivating and jam-packed with great take-aways. Audience: All

11. Transforming Classroom Practices

Presenter: Terri Fowler Room: 17 A Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders This session provides an overview of the Transforming Classroom Practice (TCP) project and describes how the project can help a campus in School Improvement meet AYP. Audience: Administration / Teacher Leaders / PSPs

12. From Memoirs to Marsupials: Supporting Informational Writing in Upper Elementary

Presenter: Marcy Roan Room: 17 B Strand: Advancing Academic Performance Come learn how to develop deep, reflective writers by tapping into what brain research suggests as effective for cementing learning. Participants will learn strategies for engaging writers to establish meaning and promote thoughtful writing in all genres. Attendees will explore how to support writers as writers convey what they have experienced, imagined, or thought as a means of demonstrating what they know about subjects. Audience: Elementary Teacher leaders/ Instructional Specialists

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SESSION DESCRIPTIONS DAY 1 • SESSION 1 OCTOBER 26, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 13. Increasing Student Learning with Distributed Assessments

Presenter: Carol Gardner Room: 18 A Strand: Keeping the Focus on Quality Data and Learning Time One of the best ways to raise achievement is by checking student learning at frequent intervals during instruction. Go beyond typical approaches by exploring a lesson planning framework that provides teachers a pathway for determining both what to assess and when to assess it. Gather a variety of interactive techniques for making sure all students are moving forward in their learning. Audience: Teacher Leaders

14. Flexible Grouping: A Structure to “Spark Success”

Presenter: Carol Brewer Room: 18 B Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders Are all of your students on or above grade level? Do you have a literacy structure to meet the needs of all your students? In this session, participants will examine a literacy structure to get a rapid response in turning around achievement. It is a structure to “spark success” and it makes the connections from whole group to small group instruction. Think about the following connections: •w  hole group as the explicit instruction of your state standards •d  ifferentiated assignments to apply what has been taught • fl  exible grouping to differentiate instruction and reinforce what has been taught • centers to practice what has been taught Audience: Teacher leaders / Instructional Specialists

15. Supporting Campus Improvement from Central Office with Data

Presenters: Zack Bigner, Jane Moore Room: 18 C Strand: Keeping the Focus on Quality Data and Learning Time This session will explore how central office staff members can support campus leaders as they use data to guide their improvement efforts. The two primary approaches discussed will be summer data meetings and our CampusAccountability Partnership program. Audience: Administration / ESC Reps / PSPs

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16. Grand Central Station: Proactive Intervention at Waco High School

Presenters: Gail Filas, Greg Pugh Room: 18 D Strand: Advancing Academic Performance The objective of this session is to give participants an overview of a new program implemented at Waco High School, a challenging and diverse campus. Grand Central Station (GCS) is a proactive learning lab, the goal of which is to “catch” students before they begin the downward spiral of repeated failure. This program is for the student who is putting forth effort, but still is not able to be successful in one or more content area courses. The GCS Lab provides supplemental support to both students and teachers. Content to be covered will include: foundations of the program, the implementation/planning process, assessment procedures, data from the first year, teaching strategies overview and challenges encountered. Key components of this program are the use of differentiated instruction, student learning profiles, and a proactive intervention approach. Audience: Administration

17. ELLs: Improving English Language Development

Presenters: Vanessa De Leon, Edna Garcia Room: 19 A Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders District and campus administrators will hear firsthand about a recent ELL visit conducted by the TEA in a West Texas school district. They will learn how the district staff and campus administrators actively prepared for and had a successful state visit. The presentation will help administrators understand state/federal guidelines and the steps taken for practical district/campus implementation of a successful Bilingual/ESL program. Audience: All

18. Curriculum Prioritization Leads to Higher Achievement

Presenter: Bill Blynt Room: 19 B Strand: Advancing Academic Performance Experience a curriculum revision process that transforms state or National Common Core Standards into prioritized and focused learning goals. Explore the decisions that provide a structure that ensures that essential content is identified by teachers prior to developing instructional strategies. Understand the benefits of systematic analysis of achievement data and its impact on curriculum and the allocation of learning time. Audience: Teacher leaders / Instructional Specialists © 2011 ESC Region XIII


19. Program Development for High School

Presenter: Dr. Janice Mauldin Room: Ballroom E Strand: Advancing Academic Performance This session presents the plan for developing and implementing programs at Celina High School for the TTIPS grant. Programs are presented as a three-year plan with increments for increased rigor each year. Tools and procedures for monitoring the fidelity of the program implementation are also presented. Audience: All

20. SIRC Stage 3

Presenter: Gwen Davis Room: Ballroom F Strand: Advancing Academic Performance This session will provide information and guidance for Corrective Action Team members including the process of a CNA, conducting a Root Cause Analysis, choosing an appropriate Correction Active Option, and writing the option activities in the Campus Improvement Plan (CIP). Audience: Required Stage 3 Corrective Action Teams

21. Engaging Parents

Presenter: Lamar Collins Room: Exhibit Hall 5 - Stage A Strand: Reaching Out to Parents and Community Many parental outreach programs attract parents that could give the presentation. In this seminar, Coach Collins shares techniques proven to invite at-risk parents to your outreach event. I will also discuss how to partner with community organizations for funding. Audience: Administrators

22. Vocabulary Instruction that Impacts Student Achievement

Presenter: Cindy Riedl Room: Exhibit Hall 5 - Stage B Strand: Advancing Academic Performance This session will unveil the latest secrets of systematic vocabulary instruction that will guarantee a rise in student achievement especially with low-achieving students. Reap the benefits of the latest research! Rally to the challenges of closing the achievment gap! Make a commitment to consistent and explicit vocabulary instruction. Join the ranks of teachers who are making a difference overnight. You too can master the extraordinary strategies effortlessly by exploring the exemplary practices recommended during this presentation. Audience: Teacher leaders / Instructional Specialists

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23. Be Strategic: Number Sense, Computational Fluency, and Professional Learning

Presenter: Rob Nickerson Room: Exhibit Hall 5 - Stage C Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders Through a strategies based approach, teaching number, and computational fluency makes sense for elementary aged students. Strategies provide the reasoning underlying the basic facts. We will explore the strategies that build number sense and computational fluency through the use of online resources, ORIGOMathEd, and Fundamentals. These resources empower teachers with professional learning and interactive activities for students. Audience: All

DAY 1 • SESSION 2 OCTOBER 26, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 24. Data Rooms for Monitoring

Presenter: Karleen Noake Room: 11 A Strand: Keeping the Focus on Quality Data and Learning Time A data room is an effective way to monitor various aspects of a campus. Participants in this session will learn how to set up a data room, keep it current, and use visual representations of data as a monitoring process. Pictures from actual data rooms will be shared as part of the presentation as well as sample protocols for discussing data and next steps during teacher meetings. Participants will be able to return to their campuses and implement ideas shared in this session. Audience: All

25. Help Them Achieve Their Dreams By Remembering Your Own

Presenter: Dion McInnis Room: 11B Strand: Reaching Out to Parents and Community A workshop designed to help participants remember their dreams throughout life in ways that allow them to be instructional to the dreams of the children they work with. By re-visiting their dreams and goals through the presentation and writing exercises, teachers/ administrators/counselors will be better able to recognize how to help students have dreams, goals, aspirations, and focus as well as how to guide and involve parents in the same process. Audience: Instructional Specialists / Teacher Leaders 25


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SESSION DESCRIPTIONS DAY 1 • SESSION 2 OCTOBER 26, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 26. Is Chicken Brain Food? Chick-fil-A Partners with Forest Park Middle School

Presenters: Brian Bowman, Chuck King Room: 12 A Strand: Reaching Out to Parents and Community Forest Park Middle School and Chick-fil-A Longview partnered together to completely revamp the campus culture and climate. This session will, allow other campuses to see the benefits of reaching out to the community to foster relationships with all stakeholders. Learn the ins and outs of the entire program: - Chick-fil-A game day (TAKS based game show), student incentives, teacher appreciation, college awareness and mentoring. Audience: All

27. Go Big or Go Home: Big Dreams Inspire Great Teams

Presenters: Marc Malloy, Chris Skipper Room: 12 B Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders Come ready to discover how a big dream–creating sustainable staff development–inspired teachers and the team who made it happen. In an environment where change is an everyday word, and consistency is much needed, technology takes center stage. Passion, energy and commitment are the players needed for jobembedded training that creates the kind of environment that inspires students. You’ll be able to see what’s possible with the impossible. Audience: All / Charter

28. Intervention and Acceleration Instruction: A Collection of PreK-12 Best Practices

Presenters: Daryl Michel, Linda Cranmer Room: 13 A Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders The Texas Center for Student Success (TCSS) will demonstrate and allow participants to join and explore our course within the Texas Education Agency’s Project Share portal. Designed as an online professional development and collaborative portal, this course, focused on disseminating intervention and acceleration instructional practices, provides PreK-12 educators of all content disciplines and campus administrators with best practices from exemplar schools across Texas. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop to this session. Audience: Admininstration / ESC Reps

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29. Designing Student Assessments While Implementing a Redo Policy

Presenter: Dr. Alan Veach Room: 13 B Strand: Advancing academic Performance Low grades do not motivate students–success does. An effective redo policy allows students to master the content, increase student achievement, and improve college readiness. This presentation addresses grading practices, assessments, and support that encourage students to succeed. Audience: All

30. Increasing Student Motivation through Personalization Structures: A case study that describes a middle school’s organizational structures that led to increased student motivation

Presenters: Becki Krsnak, T.J. Jarchow Room: 14 Strand: Supporting a Positive School Climate This session will describe the transformation of an urban middle school over a four year period: from low performing campus to a structured, systems-based campus showing results by creating a positive school climate. Working together, these system characteristics result in increased student motivation that affects student achievement. During our session, we will describe each characteristic and integrate examples and effective practices from our school. Audience: Administration / ESC Reps/ PSPs

31. Turn Around School

Presenters: Nicole Haskins, Chasity Jenkins-Stewart Room: 15 Strand: Supporting a Positive School Climate The presenters will provide strategies for stakeholders as you track your cohort and ensure proper coding of continuers, 60s, 98s, et cetera. The training will outline a six-step plan on tracking your cohort by utilizing the cohort calculator and campus personnel to know if you have met the graduation rate prior to the state or federal reports being released. There will also be a testimonial by a Title I High School campus principal and his road to success and improving the graduation rate of the campus significantly. Audience: All

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32. Piloting A New Course for Supplemental Educational Services

35. Do You Have What it Takes to be a Turnaround Leader?

33. Strategies for Questioning: Are We Asking the “Just Right” Questions to Spark Success?

36. Getting Back to the Basics: Exemplary Lessons Focused on Learning

Presenter: Liza Rosenthal Room: 16 A Strand: Advancing academic Performance Sailing through the choppy waters of SES has presented many challenges for San Antonio ISD over the past few years. In 2010-11, we participated in a pilot program with SIRC focused on reducing the flood of paperwork through online enrollment and invoice assistance. This session will offer the district’s perspective on the pilot’s challenges and successes. An overview of SES programs with suggestions regarding providers, contracts, procedures, and processes will be offered. Audience: Administration

Presenter: Carol Brewer Room: 16 B Strand: Keeping the Focus on Quality Data and Learning Time Are we asking the “just right” questions to increase student achievement? Are we answering our own questions, or are students interacting with the questions being asked? Are our questions well planned and do they have a purpose and intent? How are these questions being monitored? In this session, participants will gain an understanding of the different types of Focus Questions and the Questioning Techniques for planning and monitoring. They will discover the systematic approach for analyzing these questions for proficiency and growth. Audience: Teacher Leaders / Instructional Specialists

34. No Teacher Left Behind: Keeping up with and Captivating Generation Next

Presenter: Bryan Fiese Room: 17 A Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders NTLB is an action packed, fun-filled, explosive, exciting, inspiring, and skills based program that will provide proven strategies to effectively motivate and engage Generation Y&Z in the classroom. Gone are the days when teachers could educate and command respect by ruling with an iron fist. “Motivation via intimidation” no longer works. With Generation Next, we have reached the Age of Empowerment. These individuals seek coaches and mentors, not autocrats. Audience: Teacher Leaders/ Instructional Specialists

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Presenter: Donna Janssen Room: 17 B Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders What do the most effective principals do to get dramatically successful results in chronically underperforming schools? What abilities and behaviors set them apart from their colleagues? Learn what bold leaders do well to create significant, lasting change. Participants will assess their own leadership attributes relative to ten research based turnaround leader competencies. All leaders can enhance their effectiveness by cultivating skill in these ten competencies. Audience: Administration / Instructional Specialists

Presenter: Carol Gardner Room: 18 A Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders In our school improvement efforts, we may have overlooked one of the most basic approaches to raising achievement: consistent implementation of well-planned lessons. Learn the essential components of quality lessons that focus on learning. Examine a planning framework that ensures that students are actively engaged throughout the lesson. Discover how by adhering to a few sound planning principles, teachers can dramatically impact achievement. Audience: Teacher leaders

37. Spark your Students’ Interest with Activating Strategies (K-12)

Presenter: Toni Enloe Room: 18 B Strand: Advancing Academic Performance Activation is regarded as a research-validated approach for improving comprehension. (Pressley, Johnson, Symons, McGoldrick, Kurita, 1989). When teachers activate prior knowledge, they are paving the way for connections to be made in their students’ brains. The stronger the connections, the easier it is for students to make connections and learn new concepts. Without those connections, the new material is just floating around in the brain and is easily lost. In this session, K-12 teachers will learn a variety of activating strategies for preparing students for learning. Audience: Teacher Leaders / Instructional Specialists

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SESSION DESCRIPTIONS DAY 1 • SESSION 2 OCTOBER 26, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 38. From Punitive to Positive A Renaissance of Expectations

Presenters: Kathleen Abraham, Rebecca Morgan Room: 18 C Strand: Supporting a Positive School Climate Changing the climate of a low performing campus from a punitive and harsh environment with overall low expectations to one of a supportive and positive atmosphere in which all stakeholders succeed is a daunting task. However, it is possible! Together we will explore positive avenues of discipline, professional development, community involvement, data based leadership, and high expectations that led GW Carver to spark success! Intended audience: all those who wish to have an impact on school success. Audience: All

39. Increasing Achievement: Leading for Excellence and Turning Around Schools

Presenter: Tiffany Anderson Room: 18 D Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders Dr. Anderson, a highly successful superintendent, will share specific strategies that are used by high performing school leaders to eliminate achievement gaps rapidly and meet AYP. She will share strategies to motivate stakeholders, she will give resources to analyze data, and will share leadership strategies to improve instruction. School leaders in attendance will receive a CD of resources. Audience: Administration

40. Capturing the Teenager’s Brain

Presenter: Christian Rauch Room: 19 A Strand: Advancing Academic Performance This presentation will place emphasis on brain based teaching and learning methods to engage students, motivate them, and make them LOVE your subjects and your classes. Environmental, cognitive, and emotional factors have a direct effect on learning. Explore recent breakthroughs in neuroscience and cognitive science that we now know can directly impact how students learn. Boost class participation, student test scores, and overall student success by implementing practical, easy to learn and fun brain-research based teaching methods that can be wrapped around ANY subject and discover the WHY behind them so that you know what methods to use when. Audience: Teacher leaders / Instructional Specialists 28

41. Connecting with At-Risk Students: It’s All about Relationships

Presenter: Arthur Drake Room: 19 B Strand: Supporting a Positive School Climate The quality of the teacher-student relationship is significant in overall school and behavioral adjustment of students. Placing a focus on building and cultivating such relationships will help to curtail the negative school experiences that often plague At-Risk students. Thus, the goal of this presentation is to share information about the importance and significance of connecting with and building positive teacher-student relationships with At-Risk students in an effort to reduce the number of dropouts. In this presentation, an emphasis is placed on using effective strategies to communicate, interact, and connect with these students in order to create a climate of high expectations and positive school experiences. Audience: Teacher Leaders / Instructional Specialists

42. Formative Assessments

Presenter: Dr. Janice Mauldin Room: Ballroom E Strand: Advancing Academic Performance This session presents a new perspective on the lesson objective as a guide for formative assessments during the class period. Ways of conducting formative assessments including formal questioning techniques with preplanned questions are explored during the session. Audience: Teacher Leaders / Administrators

43. SIRC Stage 4+ Restructuring Team

Presenter: Lori Morrison Room: Ballroom D Strand: Advancing Academic Performance This session will provide information and guidance for Restructuring Team members including the process of a CNA, conducting a Root Cause Analysis, choosing an appropriate Restructuring Option, and writing the option activities in the Campus Improvement Plan (CIP). Audience: Required Stage 4+ Restructuring Team

44. TEA Q and A

Presenters: TEA - Becca Marsh, Roy Green, Anita Villarreal Room: Ballroom G Strand: Advancing Academic Performance This session is designed to answer questions you may have for the Texas Education Agency. Audience: All

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45. Walkthroughs With a Purpose

Presenters: James Riedl, Shannon Thompson Room: Exhibit Hall 5 - Stage A Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders This session provides participants with a thorough understanding of a process for conducting walkthroughs and 5x5’s with a clear and precise purpose. Leaders must have a means for establishing targeted goals and criteria for determining success. Participants will be engaged in multiple activities providing them with the experience of each step in the walkthrough process. An electronic tool that provides the perfect resource for monitoring any initiatives in their schools will be demonstrated. Audience: Administration / Instructional Specialists

46. Burnout to Breakthrough

Presenter: Aric Bostick Room: Exhibit Hall 5 - Stage B Strand: Supporting a Positive School Climate Being an educator, counselor, or youth advocate is one of the most rewarding occupations in the world. However, it is also one of the most challenging, underappreciated, and exhausting jobs one can possibly take on. If you have ever lost your focus, lost your passion, or simply felt burnout by the enormous task of being all things to all people, then this workshop will be just what the doctor ordered. Get ready to be rejuvenated, refocused, and fired up to make a difference once again! Audience: All

47. Reading Comprehension & Thinking Your Way Through Text: The Differences that Make a Difference for Struggling Readers

Presenters: Dr. Mario Campanaro, Ms. Pamela Robberson Room: Exhibit Hall 5 - Stage C Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders This session is designed to help teachers and reading specialists quickly identify student comprehension strengths and needs. It provides hands on activities for immediate use, and examines how to teach all students to think their way through text. Research findings documenting improved student reading performance and scores on high stakes tests will be shared. Findings from these mixed designed studies show that the researchedbased instructional model used by the experimental groups significantly improved student comprehension scores. Audience: All

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DAY 1 • SESSION 3 OCTOBER 26, 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. 48. Using Your Data to Prepare for STAAR

Presenter: Janet Humber Room: Exhibit Hall 5 - Stage B Strand: Keeping the Focus on Quality Data and Learning Time Become a DMAC ‘ALL-STAAR’. Prepare high quality teachers and leaders utilizing DMAC applications that keep the focus on reliable data. This training will focus on how districts can advance academic performance through the use of web-based software that disaggregates local and state data. DMAC tools will help you identify instructional strategies that will allow your students the greatest opportunity to be successful on STAAR. Audience: All

49. Improving Fluency by Combining Teacher Modeling, Repeated Reading, and Progress Monitoring

Presenter: Marie Bodden Room: Exhibit Hall 5 - Stage C Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders This presentation demonstrates how to combine the research-proven strategies of teacher modeling, repeated reading, and monitoring of progress into a single, powerful strategy to accelerate the reading achievements of Title I, special education, ELL, and mainstream students. Audience: Teacher Leaders / Instructional specialists

“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.” – Oprah Winfrey

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SESSION DESCRIPTIONS DAY 1 • SESSION 3 OCTOBER 26, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 50. The Alpha Initiative: Making a Difference One Student At A Time

Presenter: Mark Mendoza Room: 11 A Strand: Reaching out to Parents and Community Every district in Texas faces the spectre of truancy and the terrible impact that this has on a student’s ability to succeed in school. In response to this issue, the El Paso Independent School District has adopted a social workbased barrier removal system that addresses student truancy and provides intervention at the family level. This has resulted in marked improvement in attendance and student completion rates. This session, geared toward campus and district level administration and leadership teams, details the vital components of an effective attendance increase/dropout prevention solution. Audience: Administration / PSPs

51. Quality Questioning in the Middle School Classroom

Presenters: Mary Sarli, Nancy Trapp Room: 11 B Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders This session will provide teachers with the knowledge and tools to integrate quality questioning into their classrooms. Teachers will be provided with research concerning quality questioning and will be provided tools to assist them when working with students. The integration of Bloom’s Taxonomy and Erickson’s Levels of Complexity will be discussed as well as strategies for student engagement. Handouts will be provided. Audience: Teacher Leaders / Instructional Specialists

52. Conferencing, Coaching, and Choice: Improving the Desire to Learn for ALL Students

Presenter: Debbie Cargill Room: 12 A Strand: Supporting a Positive School Climate Today’s classrooms reflect diversity, not only in race, religion, and culture, but in the diverse learning needs of students. Conferencing, Coaching, Choice: Improving the Desire to Learn describes how using differentiated assignments as the foundational basis for coaching through student-led conferencing leads to increased academic performance and achievement. Participants will explore the connections between these instructional practices and discover how they work together to achieve positive learning outcomes for students. Audience: Teacher Leaders / Instructional Specialists 30

53. Make the Most of Your Campus Snapshot Report

Presenter: Donna Janssen Room: 12 B Strand: Keeping the Focus on Quality Data and Learning Time Your school has gone through the Campus Snapshot process and now you have the final report. How do you begin to interpret all of those charts and data? How can you share the information with all stakeholders? How can the ‘Opportunities for Impact’ reinforce your school’s current improvement efforts? This session will help principals and leadership teams leverage the full potential of the Snapshot process to impact campus success. Audience: All / ESC Reps

54. How to Maintain Active Ongoing Student Engagement in Relatively Large Middle School Math Classes

Presenters: Krystal Reeves, Linda Law Room: 13 A Strand: Advancing Academic Performance Help! I have class loads of 30+ in my math classes! Designed for middle school teachers, this session will focus on strategies for actively engaging students and advancing academic performance in relatively large middle school math classes. These strategies will be modeled throughout the session along with engaging middle school math activities that support Algebra Readiness. Audience: Teacher Leaders / Instructional Specialists

55. AVID: Increasing Academic and Instructional Rigor

Presenter: Wendell Brown Room: 13 B Strand: Supporting a Positive School Climate The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) has been an essential part of developing school cultures that have increased student achievement. Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) provides the systemic structure and professional development for teachers, counselors, and administrators that enhances academic rigor, creates a college going culture, and a collegial atmosphere for educators to close the achievement gap for all students. AVID’s 30 years of experience has changed the lives of students, teachers, and families. Audience: Administration

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56. The Ins and Outs of the Saturday Boot Camp

Presenters: Charlie Bates, Kresha Lane Room: 14 Strand: Advancing Academic Performance This session is designed to provide participants with information pertaining to organizing and conducting a Saturday Boot Camp that will help to increase student performance on state assessments. The session will focus on the different activities that are included in a Saturday Boot Camp that promote student engagement and that increase student achievement. The primary focus will be in the areas of math and science. Audience: Teacher Leader

57. How to Get the Most from Summarizing Strategies (Elementary-High School)

Presenter: Cindy Riedl Room: 15 Strand: Advancing Academic Performance Would you like to discover the many types and effective uses of summarizing strategies? Researcher, Robert Marzano, has found that summarizing yields some of the greatest leaps in comprehension and long-term retention of information. When summarizing, students create a schema for the information and remember it better and longer. In this session participants will learn why summarizing helps students consolidate and retain information and how to choose a purposeful summarizing strategy. Audience: Teacher Leaders

58. On Higher Ground

Presenters: Marla Sheppard, Brian McDonald Room: 16 A Strand: Advancing Academic Performance The presenters will tell the story of their secondary campuses and how they went through yearly transformations into becoming high performing campuses. The participants will be given specific forms and systems that have been created to ensure student academic success. Schools having the greatest challenge in the area of meeting the needs of ALL learners will greatly benefit from this engaging and informative session. Audience: All

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59. Moving from Chaos to Tranquility: A Systems Approach for Secondary School Reform Efforts

Presenters: Josh Delich, T.J. Jarchow Room: 16 B Strand: Advancing Academic Performance No matter your role in a secondary school you will discover ways through the implementation of a systems approach to improve student achievement in the classroom. The session will provide attendees with the tools they need to turn around their chaotic situation into one that breeds improved student achievement. By understanding the process of systematic implementation; participants will learn how a struggling school went from instructional chaos to a road of academic success. Audience: All

60. Dynamic Teaching to Invigorate Your Students

Presenter: Jennifer Partrick Room: 17 A Strand: Keeping the Focus on Quality Data and Learning Time Connecting whole group instruction, independent practice, and guided reading is a much needed skill that teachers must understand as they work to support students whether they are with them or working independently. Teachers will learn strategies on how to deliver instruction that is engaging and motivating, create authentic assignments that are tiered and meet the needs of all types of learners, and connect whole group instruction to guided reading in order to support student needs. Audience: Elementary Teacher Leaders/ Instructional Specialist/ Administration

61. Transformation of the “Impossible” Campus

Presenter: Brian Bowman Room: 17 B Strand: Supporting a Positive School Climate How do you transform a campus that is in stage 2 SIP, rated Academically Unacceptable, had 50% teacher turnover, moved into a new campus in August, and has a new administrative team? We have 85% low socioeconomic and 90% Black or Hispanic. Learn how you transform your campus by being a servant leader loving and caring for all students and holding them accountable, while also doing the same for your staff. Building relationships with students, staff, parents and the community while instituting a positive school climate can completely transform your campus! Audience: Administration/ PSPs 31


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SESSION DESCRIPTIONS DAY 1 • SESSION 3 OCTOBER 26, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 62. Making the Right Connections: SPARK Students’ SUCCESS in Middle School Mathematics!

Presenters: Sandra Forsythe, Janelle Muhammad Room: 18 A Strand: Advancing Academic Performance In successful mathematics classrooms, connections are everywhere! Learn how our campus used research-based strategies and connections to maximize instructional time and student engagement. Experience an interactive hands-on algebra readiness lesson illustrating how teachers optimized learning utilizing handheld technology, curriculum integration, and on-going data analysis. Connections among these strategies, paired with sustained teacher professional development and classroom coaching inspired, built confidences, increased mathematical skills in students and teachers, and significantly advanced academic performance! Audience: Teacher Leaders / Instructional Specialists

63. Teacher Leadership and Efficacy: Key to Improvement at ALL Levels

Presenters: Peggy Dickerson, Kathy Hill Room: 18 B Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders Teacher leadership is a key for shared responsibility and implementation of improvement strategies. Unfortunately teacher leadership typically declines in schools facing increased “at risk” indicators thus making improvement efforts even that much more difficult to actualize. Effective schools require teachers who are highly skilled in not only classroom instruction but also communication, data disaggregation, team development, and coaching. Learn a system to build the knowledge, skills, and efficacy enabling teachers to become lead learners! Audience: All

64. Capture Your Parents!

Presenter: Gloria Canada Room: 18 C Strand: Reaching out to Parents and Community This session is intended for all educators (especially those in Title I communities) who are searching for new and innovative ways to reach out to parents, bring parents onto the school campus, and increase parent involvement. Creative, non-threatening, and family oriented activities will be presented. Lesson plans for some of the activities will be provided for the audience. Audience: All 32

65. Effective Grading Practices: 12 Fixes for Broken Grades

Presenter: Barbara Moore Room: 18 D Strand: Keeping the Focus on Quality Data and Learning Time Research and national surveys show great discrepancies in how teachers determine letter grades. This session investigates some of these discrepancies and addresses actions that schools can take to implement standards -based grading practices. Audience: Teacher Leaders / Instructional Specialists

66. Administrative Support of Inclusive Practices for Struggling Students With and Without Disabilities

Presenter: Cynthia Neverdousky Room: 19 A Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders School districts across the nation have worked diligently to include students with disabilities in general education classes. Administrators in turn must supervise and support these classrooms that include struggling students from all student groups. The challenge for administrators lies in understanding how to observe, supervise, and support this delivery of instruction for all struggling students in general ed and co-taught/inclusive classrooms. This session will provide an understanding of the attributes of inclusive/co-taught classrooms, walk through protocols, ideas to support teachers as they implement rigorous inclusive strategies, and options to assist teachers as they plan for instruction to support struggling students of all kinds. Audience: All / Instructional Specialists

67. Six Sources for Influencing Change: Multiple Approaches for Profound, Persistent, and Resistant Problems

Presenter: Liz Garcia Room: 19 B Strand: Supporting a Positive School Climate This session will provide participants with multiple strategies (from the Six-Sources of Influence) for approaching profound, persistent, and resistant problems so that they are equipped to influence change in their everyday work. Audience: All

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68. Teacher Leadership

Presenter: Dr. Janice Mauldin Room: Ballroom E Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders Teacher leadership is becoming an integral part of a distributed leadership model for consistent implementation of best practices school wide. Learn how Celina High School has developed a successful teacher leadership program: their selection process, training program, and monitoring tools. Audience: All

69. SIRC District

Presenter: Lee Courville Room: Ballroom D Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders This session will provide information and resources to LEA representatives with campuses in the School Improvement Program, as well as information and resources for districts in school improvement. Audience: Required of LEA representatives of SIP Campuses

70. Maximizing Resources through State and Federal Coordination

Presenter: Mike Hanson Room: Ballroom G Strand: Advancing Academic Performance The state and federal intervention programs have aligned processes to support low-performing schools to make the process seamless for the campus. The collaboration provides campuses with the opportunity to maximize state and federal resources to impact the improvement process on the campus. Audience: All

71. Breaking Down the Biology End-of-Course, Science STAAR, and Science TAKS

Presenter: Kathy Reeves Room: Exhibit Hall 5 - Stage A Strand: Advancing Academic Performance Learn how teachers can break the science TEKS into manageable, bite-sized instruction that will fit with any curriculum. The Science Starters are daily, teacherdirected bell-ringers for use in all elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms. The Biology End-ofCourse Starters are new for 2011-2012. This web-based product will benefit all students, requiring only one computer and a projector for each teacher. Research-based and proven in Texas classrooms, the Science Starters will allow administrators to vertically and horizontally align science instruction, emphasize the 5E model, and assist Š 2011 ESC Region XIII

students with language gaps and barriers. The Science Starters are simple to use, versatile, and produce results. In addition to daily classroom use, the Science Starters can be used for after school programs, RTI, and pull-out programs. Audience: Administrators / Teacher Leaders / Instructional Specialists

72. Multi-Sensory Math Instruction for Students AND Teachers

Presenter: Daniel Sinclair Room: Exhibit Hall 5 - Stage B Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders The U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse has identified research based recommendations for assisting students who are struggling with mathematics. This presentation will focus on two of the recommendations with a focus on explicit, systematic instruction for students and increasing teachers skills in demonstrating mathematical concepts and processes concretely. All material covered will be shown in a concrete, hands-on manner. Each participant will receive manipulatives and materials that will allow him or her to leave the conference and apply the concepts and techniques presented. Audience: All

73. Creating a Culture of High Expectations: A Practitioners Experience of Leading School Communities and Obtaining Positive Results

Presenter: Wayne Green Room: Exhibit Hall 5 - Stage C Strand: Supporting a Positive School Climate The sessions targeted audience is middle and high school educators. This session will outline and provide specific examples of proven programs and strategies for creating positive school cultures and increasing student achievement. The session will address how to support differentiated instruction in the core academic areas and key components of differentiated instruction. Specific examples of prescriptive scheduling, individualized learning plans, and proven assessment systems will be discussed and outlined. Additionally, the session will include information on model classrooms and lesson study based professional development. The session will conclude with an example of a comprehensive social and employability skill based curriculum and strategies for increasing parent involvement. Audience: Administrators / PSPs

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SESSION DESCRIPTIONS DAY 1 OCTOBER 26, 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. 74. Structured Networking

Room: Exhibit Hall 4 Strand: Advancing Academic Performance Join your fellow colleagues as we learn more about accountability and STAAR. Opportunity for open discussion and Q+A with fellow conference participants will be provided.

DAY 2 • SESSION 1 OCTOBER 27, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 75. Supporting High School Mathematics Through Interdisciplinary Activities

Presenters: Brenda Mesa, Shirley Strong Room: 11 A Strand: Advancing Academic Performance High Schools are trying to find new and innovative ways to improve student performance in mathematics. Participants will learn how we used interdisciplinary lessons to improve student success in mathematics. This presentation will include details of the process from inception to completion. We will also share samples of teacher and student work. Audience: Teacher Leaders / Instructional Specialists

76. 5 WAYS to “Engage” your Students in Grades 4-8 Math while Integrating “Rigor and Relevance”

Presenter: Arturo Olivares Room: 11 B Strand: Advancing Academic Performance Interested in ways to engage your students in Math? Tailor your math lesson around the 5E Model! This session will provide participants ways to integrate the 5E Model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) that allows students and teachers to experience common activities, to use and build on prior knowledge and experience, to construct meaning for and to continually assess their understanding of a concept while integrating rigor and relevance. The session will also provide ideas to engage your TIER II students through modeling and hands-on activities without you having to modify your lesson. Researched based strategies and exemplar practices will be shared. This session will be fast paced, you won’t want to miss it! Audience: Teacher Leaders

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77. Parent Learning Walks: How to show Parents what is Happening in the Classroom

Presenter: Dean Pritchett Room: 12 A Strand: Reaching out to Parents and Community Learn how to reach out to your school’s parents and community by inviting them into the classrooms. Have parents observe first hand how the classrooms are set up, the curriculum being taught, and the technology used by their kids on a daily basis. Parents will leave the school with a better understanding of the school and a positive outlook of the school that they will share with the community and other parents. Audience: All

78. The New Coach at the High School, the Literacy Coach: Empowering Teachers for Student Success

Presenters: Denise Bell, Clarence Simmons Room: 12 B Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders Literacy skills are an integral part of all testing and the key to college and career success for students across the state of Texas. Our high school campus chose to take on the number 1 problem facing our urban high students’ based on our data and trends–literacy. Participants will learn about our intensive focus on reading and writing skills across all departments at Waco High School, both elective and core. Audience: All

79. Open Source Solutions

Presenter: Jason Kozel Room: 13 A Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders Explore the thousands of software options available to campuses and districts that are not only free but often responsible for pushing the envelope of software innovation. In this seminar we will discuss what software options are available, their effectiveness as compared to Windows and Mac applications, and how the implementation of open source software might benefit a campus or district in search of much needed funds. We will also discuss ways in which a campus might avoid certain pitfalls related to open source software adoption on campuses and in districts. Why not learn some easy ways to save hundreds of thousands of dollars per campus?! Audience: All

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80. Improve Now: The Secret of Rapid Improvement

Presenter: Sean Cain Room: 13 B Strand: Advancing Academic Performance Experience new learning adventures with hands-on literacy solutions for English Language Learners! This workshop is your ticket to improved student performance through multi-sensory instruction, practice, and assessment in the areas of vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. Intermediate grade level instructors, academic coaches, and administrators are encouraged to participate in this hands-on adventure. Audience: Teacher leaders/ Instructional Specialists

81. Using Data for Campus Improvement

Presenters: Lesli Guajardo, Liz Russo Room: 14 Strand: Keeping the Focus on Quality Data and Learning Time Using Data for Campus Improvement will provide participants with the three tiers of data usage one junior high campus uses to dramatically increase student achievement. Data doesn’t have to be a four-letter word. The effective use of data should be modeled by administration, teachers, and students. By using data on these three levels, every one on campus is accountable for student success. Audience: All

82. Putting Spark into Your Family Engagement Program with a Meaningful Parental Involvement Policy

Presenters: Skip Forsyth, Margaret Barnes Room: 15 Strand: Reaching out to Parents and Community If you need to spark your family engagement program, let’s review your policy and propose some practical strategies. The strategies will focus on family needs and student success. The parental involvement policy is a document for “reaching out to parents and community.” Principals, parental involvement coordinators, and ESC personnel will find this presentation useful as they receive info about the benefits and contents of the district and campus policies and how to develop a parental involvement policy. Session attendees will receive various print materials including “Developing a Parental Involvement Policy.” Audience: All / ESC Reps

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83. Strategies to Get Your Middle and High School English Learners Speaking, Reading, Writing and Thinking

Presenter: Valerie Auer Room: 16 A Strand: Advancing Academic Performance This fun, innovative, hands-on workshop will focus on meeting the needs of secondary English Learners. Participants will learn and experience relevant, researchbased strategies that will enable them to immediately begin to build a language-rich interactive classroom where all students practice academic language through speaking, reading, writing, and thinking. Audience: Teacher Leaders / Instructional Specialists

84. Leading the Flock: The Role of the TTIPS District Shepherd

Presenters: Mark Mendoza, Armida Trejo Room: 16 B Strand: Supporting a Positive School Climate The acquisition of the Texas Title I Priority Schools grant provides districts with a unique opportunity to transform educational processes in ways that can greatly benefit students. However, transformation is not always an easy thing. School districts large and small can have some bureaucratic characteristics that may not always make change an easy thing. The TTIPS grant, however, requires flexibility in district processes. The duty of navigating these sometimes treacherous waters falls to the TTIPS District Shepherd. This session documents best practices in creating relationships between the District Shepherd and the various entities that must be united in flexibility in order to maximize TTIPS and student success. Audience: Administration/ PSPs

85. Campus Planning Event: Light the Fire, Sparks Will Fly!

Presenters: Jobob Aanenson, Jeanne Walker Room: 17 A Strand: Keeping the Focus on Quality Data and Learning Time Come and explore a unique opportunity for Stage 1 campuses. The Campus Planning Event (CPE) provides an innovative and fun approach to Data Disaggregation, Campus Needs Assessment, Campus Improvement Planning, and Team Building. Participants will learn the purpose and format for conducting a CPE on their campus. Audience: All

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SESSION DESCRIPTIONS DAY 2 • SESSION 1 OCTOBER 27, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 86. OnTRACK for College Readiness: Digital Tools and Resources for High School

Presenters: Paula Moeller, Mark Parrish Room: 17 B Strand: Advancing Academic Performance Searching for tools to help struggling high school students in the area of ELA, math, science and social studies? Well search no further; join us for an informative session on the use of free, online tools funded by the Texas Education Agency. OnTRACK for College Readiness courses include content and digital media to engage and help students outside of the classroom. Learn how to best utilize these courses with your students to help them reach STAAR and College Readiness success! Audience: All

87. Sparking the Move From Data to Instruction

Presenter: Karleen Noake Room: 18 A Strand: Keeping the Focus on Quality Data and Learning Time We are inundated with data in our schools today. Technology allows us to get almost any data we want at any time. The challenge is in using the data to make instructional decisions that will increase student learning. Participants in this session will learn a process for teachers to analyze assessment data, reflect on teaching, and plan “next steps,” both for students who need interventions and for students who have mastered the curriculum that was assessed. Participants will also receive examples of ways that students can track their own progress. Audience: All

88. Motivating the Unmotivated: Connecting Disconnected Students

Presenter: Toni Enloe Room: 18 B Strand: Advancing Academic Performance It was predicted that by the year 2000, more than 65% of students in the US would be categorized as “at risk” and more than 25% of those students will not graduate. In this workshop, explore ideas that will make your subject and class as interesting and relevant as possible while providing experiences that will boost self efficacy, motivate students to try harder in academic areas and reward them for putting forth their best efforts. Audience: Teacher Leaders / Instructional Specialists

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89. Designing Student Assessments While Implementing a Redo Policy

Presenter: Alan Veach Room: 18 C Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders Low grades do not motivate students–success does. An effective redo policy allows students to master the content, increase student achievement, and improve college readiness. This presentation addresses grading practices, assessments, and support that encourages students to succeed. Audience: All

90. Bringing Out the Best in Your School!

Presenters: Marla Sheppard, Tonya Curtis Room: 18 D Strand: Supporting a Positive School Climate The workshop will outline the details of school transformation. When inheriting a failing school, improvement is not as simple as some may think! There has to be a strategic plan in place that requires skillful execution. As principal of Fleming Middle School, see how we were able to grow to a “Recognized” status without TPM in 4 years. Building capacity in your staff, using data all the way to the individual student, and celebrating every success has been our key to success! Fleming is a school with 95%+ free/reduced lunch and 62% African American, 38% Hispanic. We have NEVER missed AYP! Come hear what we have done and begin to share in our success! Audience: Administration

91. Bridging Thinking Through Interventions

Presenter: Rob Nickerson Room: 19 A Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders Providing interventions for struggling students in mathematics requires a step by step instructional approach and the use of visual models. Visual models bridge the thinking between concrete and abstract. By coupling the visual models with direct, explicit instruction, the nature of intervention instruction is orchestrated. Come explore the complexities of intervention instruction through bridging thinking! Audience: All

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92. Campus Behavior Intervention Success Strategies (CBISS): A Proactive Approach to Academic and Behavioral Intervention

Presenters: Donald Harris, Greg Rudolph Room: 19 B Strand: Supporting a Positive School Climate The objective of this session is to give participants an overview of a new program implemented at Waco High School under the direction and care of Statewide Director of CBISS Services, John Boyd. Campus Behavior Intervention Success Strategies is a research-based, true alternative to traditional educational programs. The main focuses are to build positive relationships, redirect and refocus the student’s attention and energy on something positive or productive, and encourage social skills to shape behavior and motivate learning. Content to be covered will include: pros and cons of ISS, implementation of CBISS, philosophy and mindset of CBISS coach, daily structure, coaching model, student interactions, and data use. Audience: All

93. Engaging Struggling Students through Differentiation and Learning Styles in Inclusive Classrooms

Presenter: Cynthia Neverdousky Room: Ballroom E Strand: Advancing Academic Performance School districts across the nation have worked diligently to include students with disabilities in general education classes providing them with curriculum at their enrolled grade level. This inclusion effort has multiplied the number of struggling students in general education classes. The challenge has become the delivery of instruction for all struggling students in general and cotaught classrooms. Co-teaching classes can be beneficial to all students if the instructors understand the tools they need to use as they plan and teach. Differentiation as a tool allows teachers to meet the needs of students with disabilities and other struggling students while not sacrificing the rigor for general education students. Strategies will cover how to address all students within a classroom using learning styles with rigorous strategies. Teachers will receive ideas for co-teaching, planning lessons with learning styles and rigor, learning style strategies, what works to retain information, classroom organization, student organization, and techniques to create a climate for learning. Audience: Teacher Leaders / Instructional Specialists / PSPs

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94. Lessons Learned from District Involvement in Supporting Low Performing Campuses

Presenters: Stephaine Camarillo, Francine Taylor, Melinda Valeriano Room: Ballroom G Strand: Advancing Academic Performance The Texas Turnaround Leadership Academy (TTLA) is a TEA funded initiative that builds district and campus level capacity in supporting the turnaround efforts at the campus level. This session will share the lessons learned from the district’s involvement in supporting the campus turnaround efforts in year one. Audience: All

95. Too Many Tests! Are Your Tests Providing What You Think They’re Providing?

Presenter: John Batchelor Room: Exhibit Hall 5 - Stage A Strand: Keeping the Focus on Quality Data and Learning Time Educators hear constant complaints that schools give too many tests. How many schoolwide tests are being administered? What are the reasons? Is the data valid? How can you tell? We will examine: • Essential statistical criteria to use in the selection of assessments, • How assessment data should be used to measure progress and identify interventions, •All in alignment with TX standards and annual performance goals. Audience: Administrators / Instructional Specialists

96. Teaching Relevant Science and Math within the Agriculture Curriculum

Presenter: Kathy Reeves Room: Exhibit Hall 5 - Stage B Strand: Advancing Academic Performance Scientific Minds introduces MC2 for Agriculture! MC2, or Mastering Core Content, is a web-based video product that provides a teacher-friendly process for teaching Science, Math, ELA, and Social Studies within the Agriculture classroom. MC2 in Agriculture is built from the Agriculture Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, Science and Math TEKS, AFNR standards, and the Texas Career and College Readiness Standards. Skills taught within the video series will provide content review and remediation to assist students with the TAKS test, STAAR, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Algebra, and Geometry End-of-Course exams. Audience: Teacher Leaders / Instructioanl Specialists

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SESSION DESCRIPTIONS DAY 2 • SESSION 1 OCTOBER 27, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 97. Touch Math: Building Number Sense and Math Fact Fluency for Struggling Intermediate and Middle School Students

Presenter: Michael Soria Room: Exhibit Hall 5 - Stage C Strand: Advancing Academic Performance TouchMath is a scaffolded approach to breaking the code of math for students of every learning style while facilitating building a solid math foundation. Review actual data from intervention with intermediate and middle school students and discuss applications for your school. TouchMath has proven successful with beginning learners, students who are struggling, and students who need intense intervention by meeting them at their current development level and providing supports to move to grade level performance. Audience: Teacher Leaders / Instructional Specialists / Administrators

DAY 2 • SESSION 2 OCTOBER 27, 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 98. Techniques to Achieve 100% Engagement 100% of the Time: Enhancing your Secondary Mathematics Program for your LEP Students

Presenter: Naomi Molinda de Wood Room: 11 A Strand: Advancing Academic Performance This session will identify and address the learning needs of LEP students by providing well-developed strategies for different concepts covered at the Middle School and High School level. Participants will experience connecting different concepts to hands-on activities and manipulatives such as tiles, Geo-boards, white boards, uses of color coding for reading strategies, group presentations, centimeter cubes, use of Lab Gear with Algebra tile rules, foldables, and organized notes using composition books or journals. Audience: Teacher Leaders / Instructional Specialists

99. Campus Snapshot: Not Just Another School Picture

Presenter: Donna Janssen Room: 11B Strand: Keeping the Focus on Quality Data and Learning Time An introduction to the Campus Snapshot, this session provides an overview of the process, research based Principles of High Performing Schools, and the valuable 38

data contained in the final Snapshot Report. This session is a perfect jumpstart for campuses who will participate in a Campus Snapshot as part of their school improvement initiative. Participants will learn how their snapshot can yield customized data for enhanced focus on their improvement efforts. Audience: All

100. Getting Parents Onboard

Presenter: Margaret Barnes Room: 12 A Strand: Reaching out to Parents and Community Would you like to increase parent involvement at your school? Are you looking for easy-to-implement ideas? This session will offer strategies to increase parent communication, address ways to make parents your biggest advocates, and ultimately engage parents in a meaningful way to spark student success. Attendees will participate in activities that can be implemented immediately. Handouts will be provided including the ISPY (Involvement Schools Parents You) manual for training parents and educators on parent involvement. Audience: All / ESC Reps

101. Developing Leaders to Promote Secondary Student Success

Presenters: John de la Cruz, Giselle Easton Room: 12 B Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders This session will describe how a charter school serving at-risk students in an urban setting prepares its staff to develop leadership skills, increase teacher capacity and improve instruction so that learning is maximized. The session will highlight how resources are allocated based on student needs. The information is then used to drive instruction and pinpoint appropriate staff development. The session will touch on the importance of data usage and the merit of recognizing leadership qualities in staff. Audience: Administration / Charter

102. Everything You Wanted to Know about Project Share!

Presenter: Jason Kozel Room: 13 A Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders Explore Project Share and the many opportunities you, your campus, and your teams can explore through the use of Project Share. Audience: All

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103. Spark Success With Customized Student Assignments

Presenter: Debbie Willingham Room: 13 B Strand: Advancing Academic Performance In order to help all students find success, teachers need easy-to-implement ways to customize assignments that meet the needs and readiness levels of all their students. At the same time, assignments must provide a high degree of rigor for every student. In this interactive session, participants will learn how to customize their already good assignments so that all students can successfully complete them. They will also learn how to create and use just one rubric to assess these customized assignments. They will leave with samples from various grades and subject areas as well as all the instruction they will need to put this strategy into practice. Audience: Teacher Leaders / Instructional Specialists

104. The Dropout Dilemma 2011: Solutions

Presenters: Dena Frieda, Tracy Anderson Room: 14 Strand: Supporting a Positive School Climate This session provides an overview of current dropout prevention, intervention and recovery research trends, along with practical methods of identifying and tracking students at-risk of dropping out as early as sixth grade. A blueprint for implementing a systemic program, will be shared. Family and community involvement is addressed as a critical component to solving the issues related to dropouts. Audience: All

105. Comprehensive Middle School Reform: Eight Key Practices

Presenters: Carrie Tracy, Kyle Seipp Room: 15 Strand: Advancing Academic Performance Participants will be given an overview of 8 research-based key practices required by at-risk campuses who received funding from the T.E.A.’s Algebra Readiness Grant. Using a rubric, participants assess their campus compared to the key practices and share out on their strengths and areas of growth. Our goal is for campuses to leave with some “next step” ideas as they begin the process of change. Audience: Administation / Instructional Specialists

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106. Using Data to Facilitate Academic Growth in Middle School

Presenter: Joseph Villarreal Room: 16 A Strand: Keeping the Focus on Quality Data and Learning Time Data-driven decision making involves collecting, analyzing, and reporting data, and using it for school improvement. To use data efficiently and effectively to drive instruction a school culture shift has to be facilitated. This involves empowering teachers and administrators with data. The implications from the use of disaggregated benchmark scores, lexiles, quantiles, and vertical scale scores will be examined. Audience: All

107. Empowering Teachers to Lead the Turnaround Process

Presenters: Ted Huffhines, Sandra Shirey Room: 16 B Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders The turnaround process has been accelerated at Marshall High School through regular weekly planning by campus leadership, principal, and core department leaders, and core academic grade level teams. These meetings have produced a professional learning community complete with agendas, minutes, and action plans. Team leaders are viewed as experts in their curriculum area and work with department and campus leaders to carry forth planning and decision making to facilitate and advance the turnaround process. The collaboration has helped implement changes in curriculum, assessment, and instructional methods. The process also helps to develop and prepare leaders campus wide which has increased teacher buy-in while creating a climate for increased student success. Audience: All / ESC Reps

108. RESULTS NOW: Achieving Unprecedented Improvements in Teaching and Learning

Presenter: Lupe Lloyd Room: 17 A Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders Results Now challenges school leaders to recognize old structures and cultures that prevent students from learning. It is time to move beyond the “buffer” and focus on “results.” Leadership is about creating a climate where the truth is heard. If student achievement is to improve, instruction will have to change. Presenter will set out a clear agenda to achieve such transformation. Recommended for leaders in education concerned about the quality of teaching and learning. Audience: All 39


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SESSION DESCRIPTIONS DAY 2 • SESSION 2 OCTOBER 27, 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 109. Force Field Analysis: A Change Management Technique

Presenters: Israel Cordero, Teri Fowler Room: 17 B Strand: Supporting a Positive School Climate This session presents the Force Field Analysis as a tool to assist campuses in managing change by identifying driving and restraining forces impacting productivity toward campus accountability goals and aligning action steps with campus needs. Audience: Administration/ PSPs

110. Coaching to Build Confidence, Competence, and Capacity

Presenter: Debra Cargill Room: 18 A Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders Coaches facilitate thinking processes by helping teachers to reflect, plan, problem solve, and make sound instructional decisions. The primary purpose of academic coaching is to increase student learning and achievement by supporting teachers in improving classroom instruction. Sometimes this requires changing teachers’ thought processes as well as actions. The goal is to move teachers in their thinking so that they begin to find answers, solve problems, and make sound decisions. Audience: Administration / Instructional Specialists

111. Building School-Wide Academic Interventions From the Ground Up

Presenters: Malinda Villalobos, Lisa Boatright Room: 18 B Strand: Advancing Academic Performance This is a holistic approach to building systems of student support within one middle school. We will walk through the steps and components to create systemic and layered school-wide safety nets to support students academically. By building from the ground-up, we will ensure every student will receive mandatory interventions during the school day with a focus on individual needs and precision scheduling. Audience: All

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112. Successful Leadership for Struggling Schools

Presenter: Max Thompson Room: 18 C Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders An evaluation consortium recently completed a series of evaluations of Title I schools that are now among the highest performing schools in their states. The goal was to identify patterns of common curriculum, instruction, assessment, and leadership practices that directly attributed to these former struggling schools’ successes. Audience: Administration

113. What Every School Leader Should Know About Instruction: The Fundamental 5

Presenters: Sean Cain, Michael Laird Room: 18 D Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders Authors and national speakers Sean Cain and Dr. Michael Laird will present a dynamic overview of the five fundamental practices of exceptional instruction. These practices, identified through field-based research, have been adopted by hundreds of campuses and have been shown to dramatically increase student success and campus performance. Discussion will center on how to implement and support these practices on any campus in any district. Audience: All

114. No Wasted Time! No Wasted Space!

Presenter: Sandra White Room: 19 A Strand: Keeping the Focus on Quality Data and Learning Time If we waste the first and last 5 minutes of an hour class, we have wasted 1/6 of that class or one six weeks of our year! Yikes! AND ... Research has shown that 98% of what the brain takes in comes in subconsciously rather than from direct instruction; therefore, what’s on your wall really matters!! Use active participation and exciting hands-on activities to eliminate wasted minutes and ensure your walls teach! Audience: Teacher Leaders / Instructional Specialists

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115. Realizing “Focus” in Our Schools: School Improvement (PreK-12) Strategies and Structures from Focus - Elevating the Essentials To Radically Improve Student Learning

Presenter: Dr. Carol Harle Room: 19B Strand: Advancing Academic Performance Michael Schmoker wrote the book, Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning (2011), “partly from frustration, but mostly to clarify precisely what schools need most to improve.” He contends and most Texas educators would agree that we have yet to implement the most powerful elements of good schooling, i.e. coherent curriculum; authentic, abundant literacy activities and effective lessons. Strategies and structures from the book will be presented, discussed, and “practiced.” Audience: All

116. Math: Grades 5-8 Don’t Get Caught In the Middle!

Presenter: Julie Teague Room: Ballroom E Strand: Advancing Academic Performance Somewhere between math facts that were never learned and students who believe they can’t learn them is a great place to have some fun! We’re talking about hands-on, skills based laughter and learning that will really make a difference! Card games, board games, vocabulary games, and more will have students excited about math and teachers thrilled to teach it! Don’t miss this session! Our research based ideas will really SPARK some energy on your campus! Audience: Teacher Leaders / Instructional Specialists

117. TTLA PSP Required Attendance for All TTLA PSPs

Presenter: Melinda Valeriano Room: Ballroom F Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders Required PSP session for all PSPs in the TTLA Initiative. This session will focus on updates and professional development opportunities to support your efforts at the campus and district level. Audience: TTLA PSPs

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118. Address Social and Behavioral Issues to Increase Academic Performance

Presenter: Linda Bessmer Room: Exhibit H 5 - Stage A Strand: Supporting a Positive School Climate Presenter will share research that shows that students who spend 45 minutes per week addressing social and behavioral concerns (even being pulled out of an academic class to do so) increase their academic performance over those students who do not have this opportunity. Research was conducted in cooperation with Ripple Effects. Audience: Administrators / Instructional Specialists/ Teacher Leaders

119. From Techno Cool to Techno Tool: Time to Chart a New Course

Presenter: Laurie Carmon, David Surdovel Room: Exhibit Hall 5 - Stage B Strand: Advancing Academic Performance Students can use powerful technology tools to explore math concepts in order to deepen conceptual understanding. All students solve problems using virtual manipulatives to engage with mathematics. Vocabulary can now be learned in context where students have visual models to help them make sense of new words and concepts. This session is most appropriate for Elementary and Middle School educators and attendees will be eligible to sign up for a free trial of ST Math: Integrated Instructional System. Audience: All

120. Empower and Leverage Best Instructional Solutions Through Professional learning: Pre-K through 12

Presenter: Kelli Hodges Room: Exhibit Hall 5 - Stage C Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders Today students are part of a “connected generation” that uses technology to communicate and collaborate across the globe. In some communities, students are asked to disconnect, and in others, students are connected. In either case, teachers are struggling with the integration of technology into the instructional goals that impact student achievement. Join us to learn how teachers are empowered through Dell’s professional learning. Leverage your resources, empower teachers, and engage students. Audience: Administrators / Instructional Specialists/ Teacher leaders

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SESSION DESCRIPTIONS DAY 2 • SESSION 2 OCTOBER 27, 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 121. You Can’t Fix What You Can’t See: The Use of Frequent Classroom Observation

Presenter: Sean Cain Room: Exhibit Hall 5 - Stage A Strand: Keeping the Focus on Quality Data and Learning Time National expert on classroom observation programs, Sean Cain will provide an overview of one of the most important tools in any school leader’s toolbox. Discussion will center on the appropriate application of practice, barriers to implementation, and the use of data. Participants will exit the presentation with the confidence and knowledge to successfully and immediately implement a formative classroom observation program on their campus. Audience: All

123. How Does Scaffolding Grade Level Expectations Produce Successful Learners?

Presenter: Cindy Riedl Room: Exhibit Hall 5 - Stage C Strand: Advancing Academic Performance The Skillful teacher utilizes thoughtful scaffolding strategies and practices as a critical aspect of planning and teaching reading and writing that addresses the challenges of struggling learners. Tasks are designed to be challenging but possibly because the teacher creates flexible scaffolds that guide students as they successfully negotiate each step in the learning process. Join us and learn how you too can practice scaffolding strategies that allow access to grade level curriculum for all students. Audience: Teacher Leaders / Instructional Specialists

122. Help! My Students Are All Different! Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in All Grades

Presenter: Nancy Motley Room: Exhibit Hall 5 - Stage B Strand: Preparing High Quality Teachers and Leaders During this interactive session, we will discuss how to meet the needs of all your students by examining the unique characteristics associated with language proficiency, background knowledge, language ability/ disability, and various learning differences, like G/T and ADHD. We will create individual learning profiles based on those characteristics and practice determining appropriate accommodations in order to advance the academic performance of all the diverse students found within each classroom, K-12th. Audience: All

“A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.” – Horace Mann

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Convention Center Parking is Available at 2 Locations: 2nd Street and Brazos 5th Street and Red River

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TSI CONFERENCE SHUTTLE SCHEDULE AND ROUTES SIRC will provide FREE shuttle service from conference hotels to the Convention Center. Please see the schedule below.

Morning (From Hotels to Convention Center)

Afternoon/Evening (From Convention Center to Hotels)

October 25 Pre-Conference and Welcome Reception

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

October 26

6:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

3:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

October 27

6:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

11:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Blue Line • Embassy Suites, Radisson Red Line • Omni and Hilton Garden Inn Green Line • H oliday Inn Lady Bird Lake Taxis and Shuttles SuperShuttle: Roundtrip from airport to downtown is approximately $26 per passenger Taxis are approximately $25 one way to downtown • Yellow Cab: (512) 452-9999 • Austin Cab: (512) 478-2222 • Lone Star Cab: (512) 836-4900 Capital Metro, Airport Flyer is $0.50 one-way per passenger. Check: http://www.capmetro.org/ for schedule and route information.

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TEXAS SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT CONFERENCE • 2011

2011-2012 ESC TITLE I AND NCLB CONTACTS ESC Region

Contact

Address

Phone Number

Fax Number

E-mail

One

Lisa Garcia

1900 W. Schunior, Edinburg, TX 78541

956-984-6027

956-984-7655

lconner@esc1.net

One

Omar Chavez

1900 W. Schunior, Edinburg, TX 78541

956-984-6240

956-984-7655

ochavez@esc1.net

2

Joel Trudeau

209 North Water Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78401

361-561-8504

351-883-3442

joel.trudeau@esc2.us

2

Randy Purdy

210 North Water Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78401

361-561-8660

351-883-3442

randy.purdy@esc2.us

III

Beverly Wyatt

1905 Leary Lane, Victoria, TX 77968

361-573-0731, ext. 245

361-576-4804

bwyatt@esc3.net

III

Dina Rogers

1905 Leary Lane, Victoria, TX 77968

361-573-0731, ext. 237

361-576-4804

drogers@esc3.net

III

Linda Easterling

1905 Leary Lane, Victoria, TX 77968

361-573-0731, ext. 242

361-576-4804

leasterling@esc3.net

III

Brenda O'Bannion

1905 Leary Lane, Victoria, TX 77968

361-573-0731, ext. 212

361-576-4804

bobannion@esc3.net

4

Liselotte Thompson

7145 West Tidwell, Houston, TX 77092-2096

713-462-6357

713-744-2731

lthompson@esc4.net

4

Sharon Benka

7145 West Tidwell, Houston, TX 77092-2096

713-744-6358

713-744-2731

sbenka@esc4.net

4

Donna Azodi

7145 West Tidwell, Houston, TX 77092-2096

713-462-6578

713-744-2731

dazodi@esc4.net

4

Anna McClane

7146 West Tidwell, Houston, TX 77092-2096

713-744-6565

713-744-2731

amcclane@esc4.net

5

Monica Mahfouz

2295 Delaware Street, Beaumont, TX 77703

409-923-5411

409-923-5470

mmahfouz@esc5.net

VI

Jayne Tavenner

3332 Montgomery Road, Huntsville, TX 77340

936-435-8242

936-295-1447

jtavenner@esc6.net

7

Sharon Lusk

1909 North Longview Street, Kilgore, TX 75662

903-988-6908

936-295-1447

slusk@esc7.net

7

Glenda Weddle

1909 North Longview Street, Kilgore, TX 75662

903-988-6836

903-988-6860

gweddle@esc7.net

7

Cinda Farrell

1909 North Longview Street, Kilgore, TX 75662

903-988-6822

903-988-6860

cfarrell@esc7.net

VIII

Karla Coker

PO Box 1894, Mt. Pleasant, TX 75456

903-575-2715

903-575-2712

kcoker@reg8.net

VIII

Karen Whitaker

PO Box 1894, Mt. Pleasant, TX 75456

903-575-2731

903-575-2712

kwhitaker@reg8.net

9

Jean Ashton

301 Loop 11, Wichita Falls, TX 76306

940-322-6928

940-767-3836

jean.ashton@esc9.net

9

Kristi Veitenheimer

301 Loop 11, Wichita Falls, TX 76306

940-322-6928

940-767-3836

kristi.veitenheimer@ esc9.net

9

Kay Gibbons

301 Loop 11, Wichita Falls, TX 76306

940-322-6928

940-767-3836

kay.gibbons@esc9.net

10

Kerry Gaine

PO Box 831300, 972-348-1480 Richardson, TX 75803-1300

972-348-1481

kerry.gaine@region10. org

10

Jan Moberley

PO Box 831300, 972-348-1426 Richardson, TX 75803-1300

972-348-1427

jan.moberley@ region10.org

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Contact

Address

10

Cathy Gray

XI

Fax Number

E-mail

PO Box 831300, 972-348-1438 Richardson, TX 75803-1300

972-348-1439

cathy.gray@region10. org

Bettye Kuehler

3001 North Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76106

817-740-7552

972-348-1439

bkuehler@esc11.net

11

Laura Hill

3001 North Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76106

817-740-7544

817-740-3622

lhill@esc11.net

11

Kathy WrightChapman

3001 North Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76106

817-740-7546

817-740-3622

kwc@esc11.net

12

Barbara Agee

101 North 5th Street, Nolanville, TX 76559

254-297-1238

254-698-2409

bagee@esc12.net

12

Stephanie Kucera

102 North 5th Street, Nolanville, TX 76560

254-297-1154

254-698-2410

skucera@esc12.net

XIII

Craig Henderson

5701 Springdale Rd., Austin, TX 78723

512-919-5390

512-919-5399

craig.henderson@ esc13.txed.net

XIII

Mark Kemp

5701 Springdale Rd., Austin, TX 78723

512-919-5487

512-919-5399

Mark.Kemp@esc13. txed.net

XIII

Sally Partridge

5701 Springdale Rd., Austin, TX 78723

512-919-5220

512-919-5399

sally.partridge@esc13. txed.net

XIII

Wade Labay

5701 Springdale Rd., Austin, TX 78723

512-919-5449

512-919-5399

wade.labay@esc13. txed.net

14

Lucy Smith

1850 Highway 351, Abilene, TX 79601

325-675-8641

325-675-8659

lmsmith@esc14.net

14

Karen Turner

1850 Highway 351, Abilene, TX 79601

325-675-8620

325-675-8659

keturner@esc14.net

14

Randy Deming

1850 Highway 351, Abilene, TX 79601

325-675-8643

325-675-8659

rdeming@esc14.net

14

Rose Burkes

1850 Highway 351, Abilene, TX 79601

325-675-8687

325-675-8659

rburks@esc14.net

14

Emilia Moreno

1850 Highway 351, Abilene, TX 79601

325-675-8674

325-675-8659

emoreno@esc14.net

XV

Robin Harmon

612 S. Irene, San Angelo, TX 76903

325-481-4067

325-655-4823

robin.harmon@netxv. net

XV

Joyce Sprott

612 S. Irene, San Angelo, TX 76903

325-481-4063

325-655-4823

joyce.sprott@netxv.net

XV

Laura Strube

612 S. Irene, San Angelo, TX 76903

325-481-4065

325-655-4823

laura.strube@netxv.net

16

Becky Book

5800 Bell Street, Amarillo, TX 79109

806-677-5127

806-677-5001

becky.book@esc16.net

16

Vickie Ansley

5800 Bell Street, Amarillo, TX 79109

806-677-5134

806-677-5001

vickie.ansley@esc16. net

16

Karen Floyd

5800 Bell Street, Amarillo, TX 79109

806-677-5231

806-677-5001

karen.floyd@esc16.net

17

Frank Rodriguez

1111 West Loop 289, Lubbock, TX 79416

806-281-5890

806-792-1893

frodriguez@esc17.net

17

Larry Williams

1111 West Loop 289, Lubbock, TX 79416

806-281-5808

806-792-1893

lbwilliams@esc17.net

17

DeAnn Drake

1111 West Loop 289, Lubbock, TX 79416

806-281-5819

806-792-1893

deann@esc17.net

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Contact

Address

Phone Number

Fax Number

E-mail

18

Kelli Crain

PO Box 60580, Midland, TX 79711-0580

432-567-3273

432-567-3290

kcrain@esc18.net

18

Cheree Smith

PO Box 60580, Midland, TX 79711-0580

432-567-3288

432-567-3290

csmith@esc18.net

18

John Petree

PO Box 60580, Midland, TX 79711-0580

432-561-4385

432-567-3290

jpetree@esc18.net

19

Rebecca Ontiveros

6611 Boeing, El Paso, TX 79925

915-780-5093

915-780-5068

rontiveros@esc19.net

19

Anthony Fraga

6611 Boeing, El Paso, TX 79925

915-780-5320

915-780-5068

afraga@esc19.net

20

Sheila Collazo

1314 Hines Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78208

210-370-5481

210-370-5753

sheila.collazo@esc20. net

20

Rose Andrews

1314 Hines Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78208

210-370-5410

210-370-5754

rose.andrews@@ esc20.net

20

Gina Christenson

1314 Hines Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78208

210-370-5396

210-370-5755

gina.christenson@ esc20.net

20

Dolores Sendejo

1314 Hines Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78208

210-370-5475

210-370-5756

dolores.sendejo@ esc20.net

ESC REGION 16 TITLE I STATEWIDE SCHOOL SUPPORT/PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT INITIATIVE Contact

Phone Number

Fax Number

E-mail

Terri Stafford, Coordinator

806-677-5126

806-677-5189

Terri.stafford@esc16.net

Margaret Barnes, Education Specialist

806-677-5185

806-677-5189

Margaret.barnes@esc16.net

Victor (Skip) Forsyth, Education Specialist

806-677-5186

806-677-5189

Skip.forsyth@esc16.net

Dana Smotherman, Secretary

806-677-5188

806-677-5189

Dana.smotherman@esc16.net

“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.” – Dan Rather

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SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT RESOURCE CENTER SIRC CENTRAL SERVICES Contact

Phone Number

E-mail

Michael Greenwalt, Associate Director

512-919-5486

michael.greenwalt@esc13.txed.net

Krystal Herrington, Coordinator

512-919-5492

Krystal.herrington@esc13.txed.net

Janet Hodges, Education Specialist

512-919-5483

Janet.hodges@esc13.txed.net

Jason Kozel, Technical Specialist

512-919-5119

Jason.kozel@esc13.txed.net

Randall Taylor, Technical Specialist

512-919-5255

randall.taylor@esc13.txed.net

Steven Killion, Program Planner

512-919-5158

Steven.killion@esc13.txed.net

Garrett Matthews, Admin. Assistant – Reimbursements

512-919-5135

garrett.matthews@esc13.txed.net

Jennifer Irrobali, Administrative Assistant

512-919-5458

Jennifer.irrobali@esc13.txed.net

Lee Courville, Coordinator

512-919-5134

Lee.courville@esc13.txed.net

Lori Morrison, Education Specialist

512-919-5253

Lori.morrison@esc13.txed.net

Pam Dowd, Program Assistant

512-919-5488

Pam.dowd@esc13.txed.net

CAMPUS AND DISTRICT ANALYSIS AND SUPPORT

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Heidi Wagner, Sr. Coordinator

512-919-5108

Heidi.wagner@esc13.txed.net

Mike Hanson, Project Coordinator

512-919-5133

michael.hanson@esc13.txed.net

Liz Garcia, Program Manager

512-919-5251

Liz.garcia@esc13.txed.net

John Andrews, Education Specialist

512-919-5114

John.andrews@esc13.txed.net

Christine Kent, Education Specialist

512-919-5493

Christine.kent@esc13.txed.net

Erin O’Keiff, Program Assistant

512-919-5455

Erin.okeiff@esc13.txed.net

April Briscoe, Administrative Assistant

512-919-5106

april.briscoe@esc13.txed.net

Leticia Govea, Coordinator

512-919-5169

Leticia.govea@esc13.txed.net

Brandon Spenrath, Program Specialist

512-919-5145

Brandon.spenrath@esc13.txed.net

Janette Johnson, Project Specialist

512-919-5491

Janette.johnson@esc13.txed.net

Valerie Phipps, Program Assistant

512-919-5188

Valerie.phipps@esc13.txed.net

SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

TRANSFORMATION – TEXAS TITLE I PRIORITY SCHOOLS (TTIPS) Allison Ivey, Coordinator

512-919-5202

Allison.ivey@esc13.txed.net

Cody Huie, Project Coordinator

512-919-5117

Cody.huie@esc13.txed.net

Adrienne Aldaco, Education Specialist

512-919-5141

Adrienne.aldaco@esc13.txed.net

Stacey Shackelford, Education Specialist

512-919-5226

Stacey.shackelford@esc13.txed.net

Rachel Simic, Education Specialist

512-919-5461

Rachel.simic@esc13.txed.net

Jeff Wright, Education Specialist

512-919-5112

Jeff.wright@esc13.txed.net

Amy DeAnda, Program Planner

512-919-5277

Amy.deanda@esc13.txed.net

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PRESENTER BIOS Dr. Alan Veach Alan Veach is presently serving as a School Improvement Consultant with High Schools That Work/ Making Middle Grades Work, a school improvement initiative of the Southern Regional Education Board in Atlanta, GA. Alan has served as a middle school and high school principal in Round Rock, Conroe, and Austin, TX alan.veach@sreb.org Aric Bostick Aric Bostick is one of the most sought after education speakers in the nation. Aric’s message “From Burnout to Breakthrough” will fire up any adult working with young people to find their passion again for serving today’s students and give them simple tools for staying energized and focused on their purpose each day that they show up to work. shaina@aricbostick.com Armida Trejo Ms. Armida Trejo comes to us from the private sector and has served for many years as a teacher and grant administrator for the School Age Parent Center in the El Paso ISD. Her services as a Program Manager for the TTIPS grant have been invaluable in furthering the cause of transforming non traditional education in the El Paso ISD. memendoz@episd.org Arthur Drake Dr. Arthur Drake, founder of A Brighter Tomorrow, is a professional speaker and educational leadership trainer. He has served as a College Adjunct Instructor, College Adviser, School Adminsistrator, and Special Education Teacher. His work and expertise in educating and dealing with at-risk and behavior students is impeccable. He attributes all of his success to the belief that, “Rules without a relationship do not work.” arthurdrake@sbcglobal.net

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Arturo Olivares Executive Master Teacher for the University of Texas, Institute of Public School Initiatives, Oversees 22 schools, provides Texas school districts and charter schools with ongoing guidance in developing and implementing successful researchbased comprehensive school reform models in order to increase student preparedness for high school mathematics especially Algebra I. aolivares@ipsi.utexas.edu Barbara Moore Barbara Moore is Associate Director for Making Middle Grades Work, SREB’s Middle Grades Initiative. Her 30+ years of experience includes teaching, counseling, administration, consulting, and directing a non-profit organization. barbara.moore@sreb.org Becki Krsnak Currently as a Field Trainer Analyst with the Texas Center for Student Success, Becki has worked with UT for the past 7 years. Formerly a Reading Technical Assistance Specialist for UT, she had the opportunity of working with lower performing schools across the state. Becki is a state trainer for the 2009 ELA TEKS and a 2002 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award recipient. mkrsnak@ipsi.utexas.edu Bill Blynt An educator for over 35 years, I have been a classroom teacher, director of a dropout prevention program, building level administrator for 13 years, and a central office administrator for 12 years. As a central office administrator I was first responsible for special education and then moved into a position as an assistant superintendent for curriculum. I currently serve as a national consultant for LearningFocused with a focus on curriculum revision. wblynt@learningfocused.com

Bill Bradshaw Leaving the private sector as a Headmaster, Bradshaw has been in the public schools now for over ten years as teacher, coach, and now Student Services Director at Forest Park Middle School. wbradshaw@lisd.org Billy Snow Billy Snow is currently Principal at DP Morris Elementary in Mansfield ISD. Over the last seven years, he has served at Bowie Elementary in Corsicana ISD where he led the Title One campus to Exemplary ratings each of the last four years and earned numerous awards and distinctions. Under his leadership, Bowie Elementary was chosen as one of only two elementary level Exemplar campuses in the state by the University of Texas-Center for Student Success and was named a NCLB Distinguished Performance Title One Campus. Mr. Snow is the 2008 Texas Elementary Principal of the Year and in 2011 was named a National Distinguished Principal finalist from Texas. billysnow@misdmail.org Brenda Mesa Mrs. Mesa has been an educator for 19 years having taught at intermediate, middle, and high schools in the state of Texas. She is a certified Master Math Teacher, and is currently working on a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a mathematics education cognate at Baylor University. bmesa@wacoisd.org Brian Bowman After working in the Texas Senate, serving as a teacher and coach, working in Central Office as a Director of Communications, Bowman led a true transformation at Forest Park Middle School in his first year as principal. bbowman@lisd.org

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Bryan Fiese Bryan Fiese, a dynamic speaker, says the dependence kids have on technology is causing a lack of interpersonal communication skills. He offers insights to understand this generation and clear, effective methods to connect and motivate. bryan@getumotivated.com Carol Brewer Carol Brewer has been an educator for 30 years and is presently an Educational Consultant. She specializes in School Improvement in the area of Literacy. She served as a K-5 teacher for 18 years and a Curriculum Facilitator for 12 years in North Carolina. Reading Recovery training and endless experiences with struggling readers has given her the expertise to teach comprehension to increase learning and achievement. Her belief is that every child can learn if given the appropriate opportunities. brewerc@triad.rr.com Dr. Carol Harle Carol Harle, Ph.D. has been an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, an executive director for school i m p ro v e m e n t , p ro fe s s i o n a l development specialist, secondary academic dean and teacher. Currently she is a PSP (CIT & TAP), TIPPS district snapshot leader, university adjunct professor, and school improvement consultant. carolharle@sbcglobal.net Carol Gardner Carol Gardner works extensively with schools and districts across the country helping them align curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She has presented at numerous state and national conferences including ASCD, NAESP, and the Texas School Improvement Conference. lfscg@aol.com

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Carrie Tracy Counselor certification, Principal certification ctracy@ipsi.utexas.edu Charlie Bates Math/Science Coordinator at Marshall Junior High, former teacher and Assistant Principal at Marshall Junior High. batesc@marshallisd.com Chris Skipper Mr. Skipper is a former teacher and ESC 10 consultant. His background includes juvenile justice, technical assistance and staff development, program compliance and increased results. He has been a campus principal at traditional and charter high schools. cskipper@woodcharter.com Christian Rauch Christian Rauch has served as both a teacher and an administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and has also provided his expertise in learning how to learn and succeed in life with hundreds of students from all over the world. cfetzer@qln.com Chuck King Owner of Chick Fil A Longview for 29 years; prior to this, King served as a Business Conslutant for the corporate office in Georgia. Named Longview “Man of the Year” while receiving the Texas Association of Partners in Education “Community Partnership Award.” chuck@cfalongview.com Cindy Riedl Resource and self-contained K-12 Special Education Teacher. Curriculum developer for developmentally delayed adults transitioning from a clinical to a community supported environment, third through fifth grade regular education teacher, author of instructional materials for teachers, and national educational consultant. criedl@learningfocused.com

Clarence Simmons Mr. Simmons has 21 years experience as a building principal, including Waco HS. He received his BS in Industrial Technology from West Texas State and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. csimmons@wacoisd.org Cynthia Neverdousky Ms. Neverdousky is the Director of Special Education, Middle School Principal and has an Educational Diagnostician certification in the Ft. Worth ISD. Ms. Neverdousky has served for the past three years as a Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) supporting campuses with chronic failure as well as a Professional Service Provider (PSP) for TTIPS Grant Schools. Parallel to this work, she has partnered with districts such as Edinburg, Ft. Bend, Mercedes, and San Elizario ISD in developing quality services in inclusion, co-teaching, learning strategies, and data review/ intervention for failure to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), specifically with special populations. cynlyn19@aol.com Daniel Sinclair Dan Sinclair is the President of Mastery Educational Service and the Director of the Special Education Division of Math-U-See and has been a Certified Trainer for Math-USee for the past 14 years. dsinclair@mathusee.com Daryl Michel Daryl Michel has worked with schools and districts in Texas and nationally in using data to guide instruction and implementing instructional best practices. He is currently employed at the University of Texas at Austin and is working on his Ph.D. at Texas State University. dmichel@ipsi.utexas.edu

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PRESENTER BIOS David Surdovel David Surdovel is in his second year as the Manor ISD K-12 Mathematics Specialist. In the 2009-2010 school year, David was named as the Manor ISD “Shining Star” Professional Employee of the Year for his outstanding work at Manor High School as the instructional coach for mathematics. Prior to Manor ISD, David was a high school mathematics teacher and instructional coach in New York City. In the 2006-2007 school year, David was recognized by Phi Delta Kappa International and Pace University with the Leo Weitz Master Teacher Award. David has a bachelor’s degree from Marist College and holds two master’s degrees from Pace University in Teaching and Educational Administration. Dean Pitchett For 12 years, I have served as assistant principal and principal. In my experience, I have helped a low performing school that missed AYP become a school that got out of the School Improvement Program to become an IB International School. richard.pritchett@fwisd.org Debbie Cargill Former teacher and district administrator, Dr. Cargill has been an educator for over 30 years. As a consultant, she has worked with schools and districts to improve student learning with an emphasis on teacher use of researchbased strategies, leadership, and instructional coaching. debra.cargil@comcast.net Debbie Willingham I have a master’s in Special Education and a doctorate in Educational Leadership. I retired from public education with twenty years in the classroom and ten years at the district level working with K-12 teachers on curriculum and instructional improvement. dwilling5@aol.com

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Dena Frieda Master’s Degree TAMU dfrieda@gmail.com Denise Bell Mrs. Bell earned her BA in Child Study/Edu at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, NY. She is certified and has taught at all levels (elementary, middle, and high school including Master Reading Teac her) in a career spanning 16 years. She is now Literacy Coach at Waco HS. dmbell@wacoisd.org Dennis Mitchell I have been a successful teacher and administrator at both elementary and secondary levels. I have been an education consultant for the past 12 years. I have published The Do’s and Don’ts of Discipline - Behavior Management for the Classroom and Discipline in the Home for Parent Sanity. dennis@ignconsulting.com Dion McInnis University administrator for almost a quarter century in the areas of university advancement and alumni relations and lifetime writer and photographer, I have taken my positive messages in work, presentations, and in the books that I have authored. dion@dionmcinnis.com Donald Harris Donald Harris is a native of Waco, TX and was a multi-sport athlete in high school and college. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers as a first round pick covering their outfield in the early 90’s. Donald has been at Waco High School since 2006. donharris@wacoisd.org Donna Janssen A former principal with two decades of campus leadership at both secondary and elementary levels, Donna now serves leaders as an executive leadership coach and leadership development trainer. She coordinates the statewide Campus Snapshot program at Region XIII. donna.janssen@esc13.txed.net

Edna Garcia Mrs. Edna Garcia earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree in Principalship from Wayland Baptist University. She has been a teacher, assistant principal for instruction, bilingual coordinator, special programs coordinator, migrant parent involvement coordinator, and is currently federal programs coordinator for Plainview ISD. edna.garcia@plainview.k12.tx.us Francine Taylor Francine Taylor serves as a Program Manager with the Texas Turnaround Leadership Academy (TTLA) within the Texas Initiative Division of Education Service Center Region XIII. Francine’s focus areas include training and development in organizational communication and leadership skill development, teacher leadership, and grant case management. She is a trainer of highly effective, highly acclaimed Crucial Conversations, and Influencer Models. Francine holds a bachelors and master’s degree in Social Studies, Secondary Education from Nova Southeastern University. She brings eight years teaching experience and five years school improvement work to her role on the TTLA team. francine.taylor@esc13.txed.net Gail Filas Gail Filas has been a teacher for over twenty years in both traditional and non-traditional educational settings. She was a content mastery teacher for a small rural school in upstate NY, the Natural History Director at the YO Ranch, and the Curriculum Coordinator for a boys’ ranch in Cameron, Texas. Waco High School has been her home for the past three years. The first two years, she worked as a resource math teacher for grades 9-12. This past year, she was tasked with the implementation of the Grand Central Station program. gfilas@wacoisd.org

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Gene Sheets Muleshoe ISD; Superintendent of Schools (2000 to Present) Doctorate earned in 2009; Texas Tech University Administrator of the Year; Texas Classroom Teachers Association (2008-2009) gsheets@muleshoeisd.net Giselle Easton Mrs. Easton has an M.Ed from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. Currently the Dean of Instruction at George I. Sanchez Charter School, which services approximately 700 at-risk students in grades 7-12. Extensive experience working with LEP students in Houston area. Gloria Canada Gloria Canada has worked in education for 29 years, both as a teacher and as an administrator. She was principal of a Title I elementary school for 12 years. Her company, Circles of Purpose, provides family leadership/school involvement classes for parents. gcanadabrett@gmail.com Greg Pugh Greg Pugh is a native of Seattle, Washington. He graduated from Pugett Sound Christian College with a major in Bible and Youth Ministry. He completed his graduate work at Concordia University with a Master of Arts in Education. This was his first year teaching, working with the Waco High School freshman academy. He was also involved in coaching, working with both the tennis and freshman girl’s basketball teams. He also spent one year in Kenya working primarily with AIDS and HIV education. He was integral in starting two of childrens’ homes for orphans. gpugh@wacoisd.org Greg Rudolph Greg Rudolph is a native of Hurley, Mississippi. He coaches football and baseball at Waco High School and was instrumental in the playoff runs of both teams for the 2010-2011 © 2011 ESC Region XIII

school year. Greg is married and has one son. grudolph@wacoisd.org Gwen Davis Gwen Davis is the Stages 1-3 School Improvement Program Specialist with the School Improvement Resource Center. gwen.davis@esc13.txed.net Israel Cordero, Mr. Cordero is the princpal at W.W. Samuell High School in Dallas ISD. icordero2@yahoo.com James Riedl Jim has worked at all levels of public education as a teacher, principal, and division director at the regional level. He has provided training and support for professional development in twenty-six states in a variety of topics including instructional design, instructional strategies, curriculum development, school based planning, and supervision. jriedl@learningfocused.com Jan Moore Jan Moore started her career as a math and science teacher in Alief ISD and joined Fort Bend ISD as the Coordinator of Secondary Math in 1997. She became the Director of Accountability, Research, and Program Evaluation for FBISD in 2005. Jan.Moore@fortbend.k12.tx.us Janelle Muhammad Janelle Muhammad is a sixth grade mathematics teacher at Smith Middle School in Killeen ISD on Fort Hood. She demonstrates a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning and models the effectiveness of integrating technology within instruction. Janelle is currently working on achieving the M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, which she will complete this fall. janelle.muhammad@killeenisd.org Janet Humber Janet trains educators across the region and state in the use of a web-

based software suite that assists educators in the development and management of curriculum and assessment data. Humber has presented at a number of conferences throughout the state. Previously, Humber worked for over 25 years as an educator and instructional coordinator at the local district level. She received a BS in Education (1980) and MS in Education (1990) from Stephen F. Austin State University. cbarton@esc7.net Dr. Janice Mauldin Janice Mauldin has worked with schools across Texas on school improvement and developing teacher leadership programs. After working for Region 10 ESC and SIRC, she is currently working with Celina High School as their developing and facilitating their TTIPS programs as the Grant Shepherd. janicemauldin@celinaisd.com Jason Kozel Jason Kozel is a technology specialist with the School Improvement Resource Center of Texas. He is dedicated to finding technology solutions for public education institutions. He currently resides in Austin, TX. jason.kozel@esc13.txed.net Jeanne Walker During the past 30 years, Jeanne Walker has served in a variety of positions within school districts. She has been a substitute teacher, a speech therapist, dyslexia coordinator, campus administrator, and managed state and federal funds for a district. For the past seven years she has served as a TAP and CAM. She is currently the TTLA PSP for three schools in Waco. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Texas Tech and her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M at Commerce. jeannewalker46@sbcglobal.net

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Jeff Blackstone I am beginning my 11th year in education. I spent the first nine years of my career as a teacher/coach. This past year I moved into administration and have found my true calling. I have a BS degree from UT Tyler and obtained my Masters of Education degree from Lamar University. jblackstone@lisd.org Jennifer Partrick I was educated in Barbados, Great Britian, and The United States. I hold degrees in the Montessori Method, Theatre Arts, and a MSc. Reading. During the past 25 years, I taught at Middle and Elementary schools where I was a teacher and later a school based coach. partrickj@yahoo.com Jobob Aanenson For the past seven years she has served as a TAP, CAM, and Site Visit Specialist. She is currently the TTLA PSP for schools in Fort Worth and Dallas. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Texas Tech and her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M at Commerce. jobobaa@gmail.com John Batchelor John Batchelor is a former superintendent from NC. During his administration, the district moved from one of the 12 lowest achieving in the state to one of nine where every school was rated Exemplary on academic achievement–the largest, highest poverty, largest minority enrollment to have accomplished 100% Exemplary. jbatchelor@learningfocused.com John de la Cruz Mr. De La Cruz has an M.Ed from the University of Houston. Currently the principal at George I. Sanchez Charter School, which serves approximately 700 at-risk students in grades 7-12. He has several years of experience as a public school administrator in large urban settings. jdelacruz@aama.org 58

Joseph Villarreal Joseph Villarreal is a current middle school principal in the Rio Grande Valley. With six years of middle school administrative experience, he is consistently using data to foster a culture of data-driven decisionmaking in his school. Because of its effective and targeted interventions and instructional accelerations, his school was selected to participate in a study by the Texas Center for Student Success. jvillarreal@lfcisd.net Josh Delich Joshua T. Delich is a passionate administrator with seven years of intense urban school experience. He is a proven administrator who has assisted in taking a diverse low performing school to a school with high levels of academic achievement through being a major player in school reform. joshua.delich@fwisd.org Joyce Polanco My experience ranges from elementary to middle school. I worked in a large urban school district as a math specialist working with teachers and coaches. I have also worked with teachers across the state in helping plan effective lessons during common planning. jpolanco@ipsi.utexas.edu Julie Teague Julie Teague is a former classroom teacher in Texas who holds a master of education degree with an emphasis in Instructional Strategies. She is currently co-owner of a CPE certified company, Learning Wheels, Inc., that specializes in staff development and writes games that target the TEKS to help ensure student success. julie.teague@learningwheels.com

Karleen has a passion for putting the pieces together to create high quality learning environments for all students. karleen.noake@gmail.com Kathy Hill Currently serving as a teacher for the gifted and talented and as a campus coach, Kathy Hill has also served as elementary teacher and teacher leader for the past eleven 11 years. As a member of this teacher leader cohort, she has developed and facilitated professional develoment at the campus, district, and national levels. Truly, Ms. Hill exemplifies teacher leadership and commitment to high-quality learning experiences for all staff and students. khill@rockwallisd.org Kathy Reeves Kathy Reeves, the founder of Scientific Minds, is an award winning science educator. With 24 years of teaching and department chair experience, she developed the highly popular Science Starters program. She continues to develop technology based programs built on sound brain research, best instructional practices, and empirical data. kathy@scientificminds.com Kelli Hodges Kelli Hodges, master’s in Special Education. Five+ years of teaching experience, 15 years experience in the digital publishing world working at both Pearson and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and 1 year experience in Global Public Education group at Dell. kelli_hodges@dell.com Kresha Lane Assistant Principal at Marshall Junior High. Former Special Education Teacher at Galena Park ISD. lanekm@marshallisd.com

Karleen Noake Karleen Noake spent 33 years in Texas public schools before joining the SIRC team. She has served as a CAM, TAP, and PSP for a TTIPS school with experience at all levels. © 2011 ESC Region XIII


Krislyn Stephens I am secondary math certified in grades 6 - 12. I have taught everything from 7th grade math to calculus BC in my 10 years of teaching. I have also served as a secondary math coordinator working with several middle and high schools. kstephens@ipsi.utexas.edu Krystal Reeves Krystal Reeves currently serves as an EMT (Executive Master Teacher) for the Institute for Public School Initiatives. She has teaching experience at both the middle and high school levels. kreeves@ipsi.utexas.edu Kyle Seipp Currently Kyle serves as an Executive Master Teacher with the Algebra Readiness Grant in the Fort Worth area where he provides support to middle school campuses. While obtaining his master’s in Education Leadership, Kyle has worked with several Texas schools in various roles for the last 5 years. kseipp@ipsi.utexas.edu Lamar Collins Coach Collins has taught in the Killeen ISD, has been the lead consultant for the number one used sex education program in Texas, and travels the country training teachers on relating to at-risk students. coach@collinseducationgroup.org Laurie Carmon Laurie has over 15 years experience in areas of consultation and support to Texas school districts to achieve effective implementation of technology and assessment programs. lcarmon@mindresearch.net Lee Courville Lee Courville is the Coordinator of the School Improvement Program with the School Improvement Resource Center. lee.courville@esc13.txed.net

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Lesli Guajardo Ms. Guajardo is currently the principal of Hurst Junior High in the HurstEuless-Bedford ISD. She received a M.Ed. from Texas Tech University and is currently working on her Ed.D. from the University of North Texas. leslieguajardo@hebisd.edu Linda Bessmer Linda Bessmer, President & CEO of Muses3, LLC, has been in educational technology sales and consulting for over 25 years. Linda’s background, prior to sales is in librarianship and customer service. linda@muses3.com Linda Cranmer Linda Cranmer is a Field Trainer Analyst at the University of Texas at Austin. She has supported schools across Texas by providing professional development, guiding literacy coaches, facilitating data meetings, and modeling effective literacy strategies in the classroom. lcranmer@ipsi.utexas.edu

and is currently working to complete her doctorate degree in School Improvement from Texas State University. liz.garcia@esc13.txed.net Liz Russo Mrs. Russo is currently an assistant principal at Hurst Junior High in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD. She is also the testing coordinator for the campus. Mrs. Russo received her M.Ed. from the University of North Texas. elizabethrusso@hebisd.edu Liza Rosenthal Ms. Rosenthal has been with the Research & Evaluation Department at SAISD for eight years and has been working with SES since 2007. She has a master’s degree in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. lrosenthal@saisd.net

Linda Law Linda Law currently serves as an EMT (Executive Master Teacher) for the Institute for Public School Initiatives.

Lori Morrison Lori Morrison is the Stage 4+ School Improvement Program Specialist with the School Improvement Resource Center. lori.morrison@esc13.txed.net

Lisa Boatright I have been an educator for over 25 years. During that time, I have worked as a teacher in both elementary school and middle school. I have been an administrator in a K-8 school and am currently the Support Teacher at Eastwood MIddle School. lboatright@yisd.net

Lupe Lloyd Lupe Lloyd is a National Educational Consultant for Lupe Lloyd & Associates, Inc. She has served as a Professional Service Provider to SIRC for four years and has been instrumental in assisting schools meet AYP and exiting schools from school improvement. lupelloydinc@sbcglobal.net

Liz Garcia Liz Garcia is a program manager for the Coaching and Leadership Development Center (CLDC) and SIRC at ESC 13. Her work includes providing leadership development to educators across the state of Texas that will enhance communication, relationships, school culture, and the attainment of personal and professional goals. She has a master’s degree in Educational Administration

Mack Hines Dr. Mack T. Hines III is a highly acclaimed, author, educator, consultant, and speaker. He specializes in providing school districts with racially relevant strategies for meeting the academic and behavioral needs of African American students. He consults widely with large urban, suburban, and rural school systems. hines1971@yahoo.com

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PRESENTER BIOS Malinda Villalobos I have been an educator for over 15 years. During this time, I have worked in elementary, middle, and high school schools. As the principal at Eastwood Middle, I work with my campus faculty to build systems of support, which have proven effective with positive results. mcarri@yisd.net Marc Malloy Mr. Malloy has expertise in special education at the secondary level. He has been a campus administrator and worked as a curriculum coordinator. His experience includes traditional and charter districts in affluent and low-socioeconomic communities. mmalloy@woodcharter.com Marcy Roan Marcy’s experience as a National Board Certified classroom teacher, state writing assessment specialist, district academic and formative assessment coach, author, and independent consultant provides a rich perspective in the teaching, learning, and assment of writing. She has a master’s in Literacy and is in her 18th year as an educator. She specializes in supporting teachers, students, and schools in writing, reading, and assessment practices. mroan@triad.rr.com Dr. Mario Campanaro Mario began his career as a teacher in Illinois. Founder of Celebration Press, he received his doctorate at Texas A&M University – Commerce and currently conducts research in reading comprehension. marioc12@verizon.net Marie Bodden BS LA Tech University. Special Education Certification Mary Hardin Baylor. 32 years teaching Special Education. mbodden@suddenlink.net

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Margaret Barnes Margaret Barnes has served as an Education Specialist at Region 16 ESC for six years in the Title I Statewide School Support/Parental Involvement Initiative. Previously she taught elementary school for 17 years. She and Ike have a daughter, two sons, a daughter in-law and sonin-law ranging from 22 to 31 years old. margaret.barnes@esc16.net Mark Mendoza, Mark Emanuel Mendoza has served the El Paso Independent School District for 25 years as a teacher, campus level administrator, Director of Pupil Services and, most recently, as Director of the Texas Title I Priority Schools Grant. He also serves as the Director of the successful El Paso ISD Dropout Prevention, Dropout Recovery, Attendance Increase Program called The Alpha Initiative. memendoz@episd.org Mark Parrish Mr. Parrish currently serves as an Executive Master Teacher at the Institute for Public School Initiatives at UT Austin. He leads lesson and online course development for physics. He has taught math and science at the high school level and served as a central office science specialist. mparrish@ipsi.utexas.edu Marla Sheppard Marla Sheppard has been the energetic leader of Fleming Middle School for five years. She has been Feeder Pattern Principal of the Year twice (2007 and 2009) and was recently recognized by the Ivy League Educational Foundation as a Queen in Public Education. mjmcneal@yahoo.com

Mary Sarli Mary Sarli has been an educator for over 30 years and has extensive experience in middle school. Ms. Sarli has served at campus and district levels and is currently Project Manager for the Algebra Readiness Grant for middle schools. mjsarli@yahoo.com Max Thompson Project Director and Leadership consultant for the Learning-Focused Schools Model with a specialty on academic performance through leadership coaching. Participated and directed numerous district and school evaluations for projects through the US DOE. Authored numerous articles, chapters, teachers’ handbooks and guides, and delivered a number of presentations and workshops across the United States, Canada, and in Europe. Has been a teacher, school/ district administrator, and university professor. max@learningfocused.com Melinda Valeriano Melinda Valeriano is the Program Manager for the Texas Turnaround Leadership Academy (TTLA) with Texas Initiatives. Melinda has served as both a teacher, reading specialist, and administrator at the elementary level. Melinda.Valeriano@esc13.txed.net Michael Laird Author and former high school principal, Dr. Laird is currently Assistant Superintendent in Splendora ISD, as well as an adjunct professor for Concordia Univ. An acknowledged specialist in school redesign and rapid improvement, Dr. Laird is a well-respected national presenter. drlaird3@comcast.net Michael Soria Michael Soria and his team of trainers have trained educators and administrators in thousands of school districts around the globe. His focus and understanding particularly in © 2011 ESC Region XIII


instructional strategies and meeting the needs of the profoundly disabled have been recognized nationally. michael.soria@touchmath.com Mike Hanson Mike Hanson joined the Texas Turnaround Center in July 2010. His work includes the development of tools and resources to support the ESC Turnaround Team work with campuses and professional service providers. Prior to joining the team at the Turnaround Center, he was a Title I and School Improvement Specialist at Region 20. Mike has been a campus principal for 10 years at all levels from PreK-12 and in rural, urban, and suburban schools. Mike received both his bachelor of science and master of education degrees from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Texas. michael.hanson@esc13.txed.net Mrs. Rebecca Morgan 33 years experience in education: PSP, Curriculum Director, Principal, Asst. Principal, Teacher. rwm30@embarqmail.com Mrs. Kathleen Abraham 26 years experience in education: principal, academic dean, curriculum coordinator, reading coach and classroom teacher. abrahamk@marshallisd.com Ms. Pamela Robberson Pamela Robberson earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Houston specializing in early childhood and reading. Founder of Educational Associates with over 24 years of teaching experience in reading recovery and elementary literacy coaching. pamela@edbridge.org

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Nancy Motley Nancy Motley, co-author of the Diverse Learner Flip Book, has developed trainings relating to vocabulary development, non-fiction reading, and ELPS implementation. Her experience includes teacher, coach, curriculum writer, and currently, Seidlitz Education consultant. nancy@johnseidlitz.com Nancy Trapp Nancy Trapp has been a Texas educator for 30 years. Ms. Trapp is currently an Executive Master Teacher with the Algebra Readiness grant and works with schools located in South Texas. ntrapp@ipsi.utexas.edu Naomi Molinda de Wood Naomi C. Molina de Wood has been an educator for 27 years having taught mathematics, social studies and ESL. She has specialized in reaching atrisk students. She authored the high school course, Mexican American Studies, for Houston Independent School District. nmolinad@houstonisd.org Paula Moeller Dr. Moeller currently serves as the Director of College Readiness Initiatives at the Institute for Public School Initiatives at UT Austin. In this capacity, she leads reform projects for middle and high school students statewide in core content areas leading to content and college preparedness. pmoeller@ipsi.utexas.edu Peggy Dickerson Peggy Dickerson, recently retired as Rockwall ISD’s Director of Staff Development where she facilitated numberous national and state presentations and developed/ initiated this “Coaching for Quality” model in support of teacher leadership and efficacy. Prior to leading in this capacity, she was an elementary principal, elementary and middle school assistant principal, and special education teacher. Currently,

she serves as adjunt professor with the University of Texas at Dallas and Texas A&M-Commerce. pldickerson584@hotmail.com Rob Nickerson Rob Nickerson has been an elementary educator for the past 20 years, most recently serving as a math content curriculum specialist in Jeffco Schools, Colorado. He currently co-facilitates a curriculum and assessment class in the masters of education program at Regis University, Denver and has been a member of the Colorado Staff Development Council for the past seven years holding the role of copresident for the last three. Rob is passionate about teaching students of all ages and prides his work on his ability to engage learners in the learning process. r_nickerson@origomath.com Sandra Forsythe Sandra Forsythe has served 13 years as principal at Smith Middle School in Killeen ISD (Fort Hood). Additional experiences include counseling and administration at the high school level, as well as teacher and counselor at the elementary level. With over 35 years experience in public education, she impacts local and regional decisions with curriculum, leadership, and instruction while employing and implementing a unique perspective for innovation and change. sandra.forsythe@killeenisd.org Sandra Shirey ELA Department Leader/ Teacher Sandra White BS Degree in Elementary Education, Region XVII Teacher of the Year, classroom teacher (35 years). National Education Consultant. snannyw@aol.com

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PRESENTER BIOS Sean Cain A public school advocate and author, Sean Cain is a former math teacher, principal and State Director for Innovative School Redesign. He is a recognized expert in school crisis and change leadership working across the country with a focus on student and teacher success. s.cain@leadyourschool.com Shannon Thompson Shannon has worked in various areas of public education as a teacher, administrator, and director of technology. He is an excellent communicator with an exceptional ability to deal with a wide range of divergent questions and comments. Shannon is currently the president of a rapidly expanding enterprise that is at the cutting edge of educational research and innovation. shannon@learningfocused.com Shirley Strong Mrs. Strong has been an educator for 10 years at the secondary level. She is a certified English Language Arts teacher and is currently working on her master’s degree in administration at Tarleton State University. sstrong@wacoisd.org Shon Joseph I have been a high school principal for three years. I have led a campus to successfully exit AYP Stage 3 and led the campus to an Academically Recognized rating. I am beginning my second year as principal of John Tyler High School. shon.joseph@tylerisd.org Skip Forsyth Skip Forsyth has served as an Education Specialist at Region 16 ESC for eight years and currently works within the Title I Statewide School Support/Parental Involvement Initiative. He previously was a middle school and high school science teacher. His favorite hobbies include golf, camping and hiking, and photography. skip.forsyth@esc16.net 62

Stephaine Camarillo Stephaine Camarillo is the Coordinator of the Texas Turnaround Leadership Academy at ESC Region XIII in Austin, Texas. The leadership academy is designed to build district and campus level capacity to support the turnaround efforts at the campus level. Ms. Camarillo is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She brings experience from the local, regional, and federal educational systems as well as the international business sector. Prior to joining the service center, Ms. Camarillo worked at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington DC. stephaine.camarillo@esc13.txed.net T.J. Jarchow T.J. Jarchow has worked as an urban school educator for 13 years, four of which as a principal of a school that went from low performing to the cusp of being recognized. His experience in education allows him to understand the big picture systems approaches that are needed to reform a school. He is currently a doctoral student at TCU. Tj.Jarchow@fwisd.org Ted Huffhines Served as MHS principal for the past three years: 28 years in education as a teacher, coach, and administrator. Married to Angela and father to two college age daughters. Views his role as principal, as a servant leader who facilitates the inclusion and empowerment of others for student success. huffhinest@marshallisd.com Teri Fowler Teri Fowler is a Professional Service Provider with public school experience as a campus principal and district administrator and higher education experience as an associate professor in curriculum and instruction. drteri@gmail.com

Tiffany Anderson Dr. Anderson is a highly successful educator who has turned around schools as an inner city principal and as a traditional public and charter school superintendent. As Superintendent in Virginia, she showed how to eliminate achievement gaps rapidly in the 20 schools she led in Montgomery County. Currently, she is replicating the same success as Superintendent in Kansas City where she leads University Academy, the highest performing K-12 urban college prep charter academy in Missouri where 100% of their students graduate and have entered college and over 90% score in proficient and advanced levels in English. tcanderson1@hotmail.com Toni Enloe I have 32 years in public schools as teacher, science consultant, teacher evaluator, and instructional coach. I hold a BS in middle level education and two MA degrees. (one in instructional supervision and one in elementary education with a focus on marine science). tonienloe@bellsouth.net Tonya Curtis Ms. Curtis has had the roles of teacher, counselor, and Dean of Students. She is responsible for the master schedule at Fleming Middle School and has initiated a variety of systems and programs to move the school forward. tcurtis@houstonisd.org Tracy Anderson Director of MED program (Optional Flexible School Day Program) tanderson@caldwell.k12.tx.us

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Valerie Auer Valerie Auer has experience as a classroom teacher, an instructional coach, and curriculum writer. She is the co-author of Navigating the ELPS in the ELA and Reading Classroom and has developed numerous trainings and workshops. She works full-time with Seidlitz Education. valerie@johnseidlitz.com Vanessa De Leon Dr. Vanessa de Leon earned a bachelor’s degree in English with an ESL specialty and a master’s degree in Education from The University of Texas Pan American. Her doctoral degree is from Texas A&M Kingsville in Educational Leadership with a specialty in ELLs. drvanessadeleon@gmail.com

Wendell Brown Wendell is veteran educator of over 30 years having served as teacher, coach, campus level, and central level administrator. After a career as a public educator, Wendell is now the AVID Texas State Director. wbrown@avidcenter.org Zack Bigner Zack Bigner has spent his entire career in Fort Bend ISD. He taught math at Elkins High School for 15 years before becoming the Coordinator of Accountability for the district in 2007. zack.bigner@fortbend.k12.tx.us

Wayne Green Wayne Green is an experienced school principal who has led a title one school to 100% AYP. He has proven success of increasing student achievement in challenging schools and communities. He has worked as a K-12 reading coordinator and a consultant in schools and school districts throughout the country. wg3rsolutions@gmail.com

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” – John C. Maxwell

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EXHIBITORS Abrams Learning Trends

Booth: 707 Publisher of Early Childhood Educational Materials. www.abramslearningtrends.com

Academic Core Group, Inc.

Booth: 302 Publisher of TEKS Mastery Cards, a visual support emphasizing the prominent display of the TEKS Strand and Student Expectations. www.academiccoregroup.com

ACT, Inc. - NCEA

Booth: 309 NCEA has studied and visited almost 600 schools and 300 districts across 20 states. We interviewed instructional leaders to discover what practices make a school higher performing. Our online school improvement resources are based on that research. Stop by and learn about NCEA’s Core Practice Framework. www.nc4ea.org www.act.org

ALEKS Corporation

Booth: 517 ALEKS is a web-based program that provides precise mathematics assessment and personalized learning correlated to all 50 states’ standards. Using artificial intelligence and adaptive questioning, ALEKS accurately assesses a student’s knowledge and delivers individualized instruction on the exact topics the student is ready to learn. www.aleks.com

Apangea Math

Booth: 617 Apangea Math is a powerful online math intervention system of curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development proven to raise math achievement for grades 3 through Algebra. www.apangea.com

Benchmark Education

Booth: 409 Benchmark Education produces high-quality, proven effective tools and comprehensive literacy resources to improve student achievement in grades PreK-12. We have developed comprehensive literacy, content-area reading, bilingual and ELL resources based on best practices research. We are a leading provider of interactive whiteboard resources, audio books and e-books featuring synchronized audio and highlighting. www.benchmarkeducation.com

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Bookshare/Benetech

Booth: 213 Bookshare is the world’s largest online accessible library of copyrighted books for individuals with print disabilities. Schools with qualifying students enjoy free access to more than 120,000 books plus reading tools and online support. Benetech’s Accessible Books for Texas program offers free Bookshare training to K-12 educators in Texas. www.bookshare.org; www. bentech.org/abt

Cambium Learning - Voyager

Booth: 710 Voyager is the comprehensive intervention solution division for Cambium Learning. Voyager offers a range of multi-tiered mathematics and literacy intervention resources that accelerate student achievement. www.voyagerlearning.com

Developmental Studies

Booth: 510 Supplemental reading materials for intervention (SIPPS), teaching comprehension (Making Meaning), and writing (Being a Writer) using read-alouds for vocabulary development and enhancement of background knowledge. www.devstu.org

DMAC Solutions

Booth: 603-702 DMAC Solutions provides Texas educators with a suite of web-based software to assist with creating targeted instructional strategies to aide in students’ continued success. Disaggregate state and local data, and implement planning tools such as RtI, PGP, and PDAS, which can be implemented immediately at the district and campus levels. https://www.dmac-solutions.net

DynaStudy, Inc.

Booth: 406 Publisher of all DynaNotes products and programs, including new updated and improved STAAR review guides that help students build strong foundations for higher order thinking. Science, Math, Social Studies, and ELA materials are available that address the current elementary, middle school, and high school TEKS. Samples available. www.dynanotes.com

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Education Service Center Region XIII

Booth: 507 Education Service Center, Region XIII collaborates with schools to promote quality instruction and student success. www.esc13.net

Educational Bridge

Booth: 508 Based in Texas, Educational Bridge provides materials and training based on current reading research. Easy to use lesson plans accelerate mastery of state standards for ALL students. Key thinking strategies are modeled and practiced creating independent readers who think through text, show gains on assessments and a love for reading. www.EdBridge.org

Educational Options, Inc

Booth: 403 EdOptions offers computer and Web-based educational solutions for Pre-K to adult learners through our awardwinning products and services: Stars Suite, Edoptions Online Academy, and Orchard Learning. http://www.edoptions.com

Edugilent Publishing

Booth: 705 Edugilent Publishing has created a powerful new portfolio of student focused solutions for STAAR. TBASE STAARTM is a series of secure benchmarks that follow STAAR Blueprints. They are available in all tested grades and subjects including STAAR, STAAR EOC, STAAR Modified and STAAR Spanish. TxCADs are STAAR aligned TEKS documents. www.edugilentpublishing.com

EL Saber Enterprises

Booth: 211 EL Saber Enterprises’ mission is to improve instruction for English language learners (ELL) by providing researchbased professional development to administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, and parents. www.elsaberenterprises.com

ETA/CUISENAIRE

Booth: 303 ETA/Cuisenaire is recognized as the premier publisher and pioneer of hands-on, manipulative-based education. Our products and programs have a proven track record of success with students of all learning styles. We offer math, science, and literacy resources for PreK to Grade 12. www.etacuisenaire.com © 2011 ESC Region XIII

Evan-Moor Educational Publishers

Booth: 421-419 Evan-Moor provides engaging and creative supplemental PreK-8 teacher materials. Resources in language arts, math, science, geography, and more are available in print and new digital technologies. http://www.evan-moor.com

Fostering Stars Learning & Resource Center, Inc.

Booth: 612 Fostering Stars Learning & Resource Center, Inc., provides high-quality supplemental education/tutoring, afterschool enrichment, and counseling services. We offer one on one, group, and computer based tutoring. Our afterschool programs consist of various activities including SAT/ACT Prep, special needs services, ESL, character building, and leadership development. www.FosteringStars.com

Frog Publications

Booth: 313 Systematic reinforcement programs, IEP, RtI, DI, terrific, ready to use learning centers, take-home parental involvement program, daily review, critical thinking, dual language, reading/language arts, math. http://www.frog.com

Gourmet Learning

Booth: 704 Gourmet Learning’s online LessonMaker for Reading and Math, grades 1 - 9, provides complete resources for teachers that actively engages students in their learning processes. Teachers have access to a full menu of highinterest, “gourmet”activities to customize differentiated instruction, saving hours of searching and planning time. www.gourmetlearning.com

Group Excellence

Booth: 700 Group Excellence is a multi-faceted education company dedicated to helping students of all grade levels achieve the highest degrees of distinction in their education. Our unique emphasis on mentoring, combined with our specially-trained staff, can help students aspire to unparalleled understanding of academic materials. Our Services include In-School & After-School Programs, Private Tutoring, College Prep Workshops, & SureStudy. com www.groupexcellence.org

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EXHIBITORS Heinemann Publishing

Booth: 411 Professional resources and classroom materials for K-12 educators, including ELL and dual language/bilingual. www.heinemann.com

Heinle Cengage Learning

Booth: 601 Heinle, a part of Cengage Learning is a specialized English language teaching publisher with a successful track record of making English language teaching and learning materials for all ages and needs worldwide. elt.heinle.com

High Schools That Work/Making Middle Grades Work

Booth: 300 The Southern Regional Education Board’s High Schools That Work/Making Middle Grades Work is the nations largest and oldest school improvement initiative focused on improving student achievement and completion rates in middle and high schools. A partner with the Texas Education Agency for almost two decades, over 100 schools in Texas have used the framework to better prepare students for post-secondary success. The framework gives teachers and leaders both ownership of the effort and a foundation to sustain improvement efforts when grant funding ends through the state HSTW/ MMGW network of schools. www.sreb.org

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Booth: 201 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a leading global education company committed to addressing education’s dynamic challenges through individualized content, innovative technology and a holistic approach that inspires achievement and a lifelong love of learning. www.hmhco.com

Imagine Learning, Inc.

Booth: 613 Imagine Learning is the company behind Imagine Learning English, an innovative language and literacy software program designed to meet the needs of four key student populations, pre-K through 8th grade—English learners, struggling readers, students with disabilities and early childhood education students—and to provide one-on-one instruction for students and real-time reports for teachers. www.imaginelearning.com

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Lead Your School

Booth: 512 Lead Your School has the tools, training, systems and support to optimize your student, classroom, school and district performance. www.leadyourschool.com

Learning-Focused

Booth: 501-600 Learning-Focused is a premier provider of training and materials for public, private and charter schools throughout the US. It has been partnering with educators for more than 25 years to increase student achievement and support their efforts with research driven strategies and activities. www.learningfocused.com

Lightspeed Technologies, Inc.

Booth: 301 Your voice. Their mind. A clear connection. Established in 1990, Lightspeed is the trusted provider in classroom audio. Our innovative product line of classroom communication solutions offer teachers a clear connection with students because children who hear every word, learn more. As a company, that’s our highest reward. www.lightspeed-tek.com

Lone Star Learning

Booth: 304 Curriculum development company offering unique-easyto-use visuals & interactive bulletin boards that give students specific practice needed to achieve mastery in math, science, and language arts. www.lonestarlearning.com

Math-U-See Special Education

Booth: 500 Math-U-See, a PROVEN Tier 3 Math Curriculum producing 100%+ results. It exceeds IES & WWCH Product Guide expectations with Pre-Testing, Manipulative Based, Intense Focus on Whole Numbers, Explicit, Structured, & Cumulative, Strategies for Solving Word Problems, Focus on Math Fluency, Concepts Taught to Mastery, and Progress Monitoring. A demo DVD packet with samples at booth 500. WORKSHOP www.mathusee.com

McGraw-Hill Education

Booth: 503-602 McGraw-Hill Education is a leading global provider of educational material, information and solutions for the Pre-K throught 12th grade. www.mheonline.com © 2011 ESC Region XIII


Mentoring Minds, L. P.

Booth: 400-402 Mentoring Minds offers a variety of materials based on best practices to promote student learning. Materials include: STAAR Standards and Strategies Flip Charts, RtI tools, Intervention and Instructional Strategies, Critical Thinking, TEKS-based Math and Reading, and Vocabulary Development. www.mentoringminds.com

MIND Research Institute

Booth: 408 ST Math instructional software helps all students, grades K-12, reach math proficiency through languageindependent, self-paced and mastery-based instruction. The software compliments core instruction and is aligned to TEKS. The program is designed to enhance conceptual understanding of mathematics and support teachers with differentiation of instruction. www.mindresearch.net

Muses3, LLC

Booth: 223 Muses3, LLC represents Ripple Effects, Texthelp, Scobre Press, and Science Flash Cubes in Texas. These partners provide student facing, technology based programs. www.muses3.com

ORIGO Education, Inc.

Booth: 616 ORIGO Education is an international mathematics education company dedicated to moving students forward with a deep understanding of mathematics. We strive to create innovative teaching resources and offer dynamic professional learning sessions. Educators own our company, author our products and present our professional learning workshops. www.origoeducation.com

Peoples Education

Booth: 407-506 Peoples Education, creator of Measuring Up now has STAAR readiness materials for Science, Math and Reading as well as EOC for Algebra I, Geometry, Biology and English I. Additionally, see our new skill building MyQuest program and our enhanced assessment Insight for grades 1-11. www.peopleseducation.com

Our standards-based K-12 curricula promote student success through positive and challenging learning experiences. Our curricula combine relevant, hands-on activities and a team-based, student-directed learning environment to deliver core courses and career skills in science, technology, engineering, and math. www.pitscoeducation.com

Plan4Learning

Booth: 401 Plan4Learning is a web-based software solution used to create District and Campus Improvement Plans. Our system is a simple, easy-to-use software solution designed to help streamline the process for those who are frustrated with the complications and regulations surrounding improvement plans. Request a free 30 day trial at www.plan4learning.com. www.plan4learning.com

Quantum Learning

Booth: 706 Quantum Learning is a research-based educational methodology resulting in a culture of student engagement, positive behavior, teaching excellence and students with strong character taking responsibility for their learning through programs that empower teachers, students, administrators and parents. www.quantumlearning.com

Read Naturally, Inc.

Booth: 509 Read Naturally’s innovative, research-proven reading programs provide high quality interventions and differentiated instruction for struggling readers. The programs focus on fluency, phonics, vocabulary, and assessment. www.readnaturally.com

Region One ESC

Booth: 317 Is your campus STAAR ready? STAAR One™ a Texas STAAR-Aligned Assessment Item Bank with over 27,000 aligned assessment items creates quality benchmarks in all STAAR assessed content areas, transadapated for ELL learners and maximal accessibility for students receiving special education services. Easily publish benchmarks by selecting readiness/supporting standards and levels of cognitive complexity. www.esc1.net

Pitsco Education

Booth: 307 Pitsco Education is the leading provider of ageappropriate, student-centered, K-12 learning solutions. © 2011 ESC Region XIII

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Booth: 416 Renaissance Learning™ is the world’s leading provider of computer-based assessment technology for PreK–12 schools. Adopted by more than 70,000 North American schools, Renaissance Learning’s software provides daily formative assessment and periodic progress-monitoring technology to enhance curriculum, support instruction, and personalize practice in reading, writing, and math. Renaissance Learning is also a leading provider of schoolimprovement solutions. www.renlearn.com

Responsive Learning

Booth: 417 Responsive Learning’s Public Education division is a leading provider of education software solutions, including custom professional development solutions for teachers and administrators. CPE solutions include an online suite of courses for PDAS, STAAR, and others. Custom development, implementation, integration, and support of technology solutions – a turnkey approach – is our specialty. responsivelearning.com

Sadlier

Booth: 306 A research-based approach to literacy featuring Sadlier Phonics and Word Study, PreK-6; Vocabulary Workshop, Grades 2-12, High Interest Classroom Readers, Grades 1-8, plus introducing New Vocabulary for Success grades 6-8 for Academic Vocabulary www.sadlier-oxford.com

Saxon

Booth: 203 Saxon publishes the nation’s best-selling and most thoroughly researched skills-based mathematics programs for Grades K-12, as well as classroom-tested phonics and spelling programs. www.saxonpublishers.com

Scholastic

Booth: 513 Educational Technology www.scholastic.com

Scientific Minds, LLC

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as it adapts to fit your existing strategies. This versatility makes Science Starters a teaching tool for all science classrooms. www.scientificminds.com

Seidlitz Education

Booth: 610 We have the knowledge, skills, and passion to help you: increase the academic achievement of your English Language Learners; transform your classroom into a language-rich, interactive environment; build language practice opportunities into lesson plans; accelerate students’ progression from one language proficiency to the next level. www.johnseidlitz.com

Southwest Education

Booth: 410 Southwest Education has been providing intervention reading and math programs to schools across Texas for the past 20 years. SW represents the Reading Plus Program, Ascend Math Program, the Visagraph, My Reading Coach and iRespond Clickers for assessment. Visit www. SouthwestLearning.com or call (866)472-6949. www.southwestlearning.com

STEMscopes - Rice University

Booth: 312 STEMscopes is a new program from the makers of TAKScopes in Rice University’s Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning. STEMscopes provides educators and students the keys to science achievement through online instructional materials that address the rigor of the STAAR and newly-adopted science TEKS. This comprehensive resource is 100% aligned to the new TEKS and STAAR readiness and supporting standards for the following grade levels: Kindergarten through 4th grade, 5th grade and 6th-8th grades. Each TEKS objective is built into a SCOPE, or unit, centered on the researchbased 5-E method of teaching with additional resources for Intervention and Acceleration. www.STEMscopes.com

Sylvan Learning Centers

Booth: 219 For the last 10 years, Sylvan has been providing individualized and group instruction on school campuses through SES and grant funding. Our math and reading intervention programs were designed for the economically disadvantaged and minority students that form the core population of many Schools in Improvement. Please stop by our booth to learn more about our offerings and the great results we’ve had! www.sylvanlearning.com © 2011 ESC Region XIII


TECS

Booth: 401 We are sharing with Plan 4 Learning (P4L).www.tecslink. com

Texas Educational Solutions

Booth: 516 DO MORE WITH LESS funds! Texas Educational Solutions provides research-based RTI solutions with proven success throughout Texas for students at all ages and ability levels - intervention software and PD to rapidly improve student AYP success, in weeks not years, for Special Ed, Dyslexia, ESL, Dual language and credit recovery. www.txedsol.com

Texas Instruments

Booth: 412 Supporting each educator’s vision of student success in math and science, TI’s versatile education technology, curricular support materials and professional development can help enhance teaching and learning. Learn how the latest TI-Nspire™ handhelds and software can deepen understanding and how the wireless TI-Nspire™ Navigator™ system enables real-time assessment. Visit education.ti.com. education.ti.com

Texas Web Tutor

Booth: 413 Texas Web Tutor is an Interactive online math STAAR/TAKS preparation program for grades 6-12. Texas Web Tutor is designed by Texas educators to specifically focus on the standards assessed on the new math STAAR (grades 6-8, and Algebra 1) and math TAKS. www.TexasWebTutor.com

TextHelp Systems

Booth: 223 TextHelp Systems provides award winning software solutions for individuals with reading and writing difficulties or learning disabilities and for English Language Learners. Read&Write GOLD, TextHelp’s premiere education product, integrates with mainstream applications to provide students with the support tools they need to differentiate their own learning. www.texthelp.com

The Booksource

Booth: 608 Booksource is a national trade book wholesaler serving K-12 schools. www.booksource.com

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The Great Books Foundation

Booth: 502 The Great Books Foundation helps all students read for meaning, think critically, discuss rationally, and to grow as learners. The nonprofit Great Books Foundation offers award winning professional development and highquality materials. www.greatbooks.org

The Master Teacher

Booth: 511 The Master Teacher is The Leading Provider of Continuous Professional Development for all educators. Our costeffective Blended Learning Solutions include online, print, and workshop-driven experiences designed to provide the ongoing professional development necessary for educators to truly increase student achievement. www.masterteacher.com www.masterteacher.com

TouchMath

Booth: 606 TouchMath helps maximize potential and build selfconfidence among students of all abilities, learning styles, and cultures. A growing body of independent primary and secondary research continues to validate the fundamental principals of the TouchMath system and point to a common conclusion: TouchMath’s multisensory approach and sequential strategy improve student math comprehension and mastery for all learners. touchmath.com

Tutors with Computers

Booth: 712 We offer an innovative and effective technology-based program that focuses on improving academic vocabulary and reading comprehension. High-frequency vocabulary words taught in the program are of particular benefit to English language learners. Students may access the program through netbooks, computers, internet tablets or telephones. All necessary materials are provided free of charge. Students proceed at their own pace at a time and place convenient to them. www.tutorswithcomputers.com

Whizz Education Inc. - Math Whizz

Booth: 316 As a world-wide online education authority our online personalized tutoring system enables 5 to 13 year old students to master concepts and skills in math and achieve measurable progress, greater confidence and superior results. www.whizz.com 71


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