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Conference Program - July 12 –15, 2018 - Jacksonville, FL

“Fortifying the Foundation to Empower the Faces of Education” Greetings Fellow Educators! It is with a humble spirit and a grateful heart I welcome you to the 3rd Annual ROCK Conference. Just think, this all started from an idea! An idea to start a Facebook group has metamorphosed into a place and space where we as educators can share invaluable resources, uplift, support, and network. Each year I ask myself, “Wow, how are we going to top this year’s conference?”. Every year God answers that question, through YOU, our educators, vendors presenters, speakers, and sponsors and the conference improves exponentially! I often state that this work is God ordained and for this organization to become what it is purposed to be, we must recognize and embrace the reality “there’s strength in numbers,” in order for us to actualize God’s plan. We must continue to not only come together annually for a conference, but we must begin to unify and consolidate our resources and talents in order to reestablish our field as one of the most respected professions in society. I know through this work, we can and will accomplish our goal! In closing, I would like to offer my sincere and heartfelt gratitude to our keynote & featured speakers, who get paid to do what they do, but out of their belief in our organization, are donating their services. I would also like to thank our presenters, panelists, attendees, and vendors for attending. I promise each and every one of you, you will leave the ROCK conference reignited and fired up for the upcoming school year and beyond!

A Special Thank You to Our Title Sponsors

Dr. Melissa Noland Chester Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer,

& Conference Coordinator


ROCK Conference 2018 “Fortifying the Foundation to Empower the Faces of Education”

Thursday, July 12th - Double Tree Hotel Registration (Foyer): 7:00 am - 8:30 pm Youth Mental Health First Aid Training  Part 1 (Kingsley) Luncheon (Duval Ballroom)

8:00 am - Noon

12:15 - 1:15 pm

Mental Health and the Black Community Panel 

Panelists: Dr. Chester Wilson, Dr. Maranda Griffin, & Katrina Taylor  Moderator: Michelle Martin-Pearman Recruitment Fair (Foyer)

1:30 - 5:30 pm

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training  Part 2 (Kingsley)

1:30 - 5:30 pm

Session I 3:00 - 3:50 pm  Building S.T.E.M. Scholars in the Neighborhood (Dr. Connie Rivers Mitchell) (PK) - (OSCEOLA)  How Can I Win-Unlocking the Blueprint to Personal Success (Semone Blair Walker) (A&E) - (DUPONT)  Cracking the C.O.D.E. to Effective Communication in Schools (Dr. Nekeshia Doctor) (PK)- (DESOTO)  The Heart of a Teacher (Simene' Walden) (PK) (SEMINOLE)  Can You Hear Me Now? (Dr. Lisa Hinton) (ISP) (MAYPORT) Session II 4:00 - 4:50 pm  Teaching the Whole Child (Jonette Marcus) (A&E) (OSCEOLA)  Lead with Civility (Candice Dowd Barnes & Todd Scott Parker) (PK) - (DUPONT)  Using Google in the Classroom (Trinna Freeman) (ISP) (DESOTO)  The Fit Educator: Staying healthy for life beyond the classroom (Tiffany Kelly) (A&E) - (SEMINOLE)  Arts Integration for the 21st Century Student (Edna Bland) (ISP) - (MAYPORT)

Session III 5:00 - 5:50 pm  Private Tutoring: Preparing for Global Competition in STEM (Jay Veal) (ISP )- (OSCEOLA)  What's in your D.N.A.?...(Todd Scott Parker & Candice Dowd Barnes) (PK) - (DUPONT)  Visioning an Approach to Improving Black Male Literacy Rates...(George Maxey) (PK) - (DESOTO)  Flipping Your Classroom...Like a Boss! (Jennifer McCluney) (PK )- (SEMINOLE)  Educating Digital Natives...(Francine Edwards) (ISP) (MAYPORT) Session IV 6:00 - 6:50 pm  Saving Our Boys: A Practitioners Perspective (Dr. Diron T. Ford) (A&E) - (OSCEOLA)  Effective Classroom Management: From Adversaries to Allies (Cortland Jones) (PK) - (DUPONT)  P.O.W.E.R: Personalized Learning...(Derrick & Chelsia Calvert) (ISP) - (DESOTO)  Unapologetically Powerful...The WE Starts with ME (Dr. Nycole P. Lyles-Belton) (A&E) - (SEMINOLE)  NYC Men Teach...Recruitment and Retention of Men of Color in Education (Jason Acosta) (A&E) - (MAYPORT) Social Event: Throwback Thursday

8:00 pm - Midnight

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ROCK Conference 2018 Friday, July 13th - Lexington Hotel Registration (Foyer): 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Fit Educator Workout Session (Rope)

6:45 - 7:40 am

Session I 8:00 - 8:50 am  Youth Battling Brokenness (Nzingha Gaines) (PK) - (SAIL)  Mirror, Mirror on the Wall – Let’s build our kids up BEFORE they fall! (Bee Nance) (A&E) - (COMMERCE)  Making sure the "C" is in your Professional Learning Communities (Dr. Elondra D.Napper) (PK) - (DOCKSIDE)  21st Century Classrooms (Raechel Broussard) (ISP) (OUTBOUND)  Methods for Recruitment and Retention of AfricanAmerican Teachers (Akil Parker) (A&E) - (RIGGING) Opening Ceremony (Winward Ballroom) 9:00 - 10:45 am MC: L. Kobie Da Wiz  Featured Activity: What’s Your Flava (Sam Hall)  Keynote Speaker: Richard Ramsey: Building Relationships & Motivating the African American Male Student  Keynote Speaker: Merlyna Valentine: From Impossible to Possible Session II     

11:00 - 11:50 am

Preparing for a Year of Coaching (Nicole Turner) (PK) - (SAIL) Rigor, Relevance, and At-Risk Scholars (Kenda Lawson, M.Ed.) (ISP) - (COMMERCE) "M.C." Means Move the Class (Shaun Woodly, PhD.) (PK) (DOCKSIDE) Race & Equity (Principal Selena Bowe & Dr. Kimberly GeorgeReid) (A&E) - (OUTBOUND) Conversation Techniques...(Bea Lewis) (PK) - (RIGGING)

Session III Noon - 12:50 pm  Three Massive Mistakes Elementary and Middle School Teachers Make (Dre Cleveland) (PK) - (SAIL)  Level Up! Technology Tools to Engage Your Digital Age Learners (Lawrence Jackson) (ISP) - (COMMERCE)  R U Engaged? (Renita Perry) (ISP) - (DOCKSIDE)  Escape the Lab - A Simulated STEM Escape Room Investigation (Dr. Marquita S. Blades) (ISP) (OUTBOUND) 

Engagement Strategies to Spread M.A.G.I.C. in Your Classroom (Carlanda Marie Williams) (ISP) - (RIGGING)

Luncheon (Winward Ballroom) 1:00 - 2:45 pm MC: L. Kobie Da Wiz  Keynote Speaker: Dr. Chike Akua: Education for Transformation: Keys to Releasing the Genius of African American Students Educational Policy Panel  Panelists: Senator Audrey Gibson, State Rep Tracy Davis, State Rep Patrick Henry & Tony Hill  Moderators: Dr. Jennifer Brown & Darryl Willie Power Hour 1 3:00 - 3:45 pm  Jeremy Anderson: Next Level Teaching: Diamond in the Rough (COMMERCE)  Patrick Phillips: Put Some Respect On Their Legacies: Awakening the Genius in Children of Color (DOCKSIDE) Power Hour 2 4:00 - 4:45 pm  Dr. William “Flip” Clay: Empowerment Strategies to Reduce Mass Incarceration (COMMERCE/DOCKSIDE)  Professor Alfred Coach Powell: Trauma Informed Care: Is the Village Ill? What Educators Should Really Know! (SAIL) Active Shooter Training (Compass)  Dr. Sarena Shivers (COMPASS)

4:00 - 5:30 pm

Power Hour 3 5:00 - 5:45 pm  Principal James Presley: Creating Trauma Sensitive Classrooms (COMMERCE)  Vincent Taylor: If Instruction Isn’t Engaging, I Quit! (DOCKSIDE)

Social Event: Out All Night at Gilbert’s Lounge Jacksonville Beach 8:00 pm - Until Thank You to Our Amazing ROCK Conference Sponsors


ROCK Conference 2018 Saturday, July 14th - Lexington Hotel Registration (Foyer): 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Fit Educator Workout Session (Rope)

6:45 - 7:40 am

General Session (Winward) 9:00 - 10:30 am MC: L. Kobie Da Wiz  Keynote Speaker: Dr. Terrell Strayhorn: Unlocking the Power of Belonging to Empower Our Students to Excel  Keynote Speaker: Principal Thomas-El: Resilient Educators: Challenging the Status Quo

Power Hour 5 5:45 - 6:30 pm  L. Kobie Da Wiz: Music, Movement, & Motivation (COMMERCE)  Dr. Johni C. Craig & Principal Crystal M. Edwards: Shifting Strongholds through Empowerment & Advocacy (DOCKSIDE)  Dr. Rudy Jamison & Dr. Melissa Chester: Recruitment and Retention of Black Educators (TUG) Awards Ceremony

8:30 pm - 1:00 am

3rd Annual Scholarship & Masquerade Ball Power Hour 1 10:45 - 11:30 am  Dr. Marcus Jackson: 10 Daily Essentials for Principals & Teachers (COMMERCE/DOCKSIDE)  Dr. Craig Boykin: Overcoming Cultural Poverty, Disengaged Parents, & Apathetic Students (OUTBOUND/ RIGGING)

MC: L. Kobie Da Wiz Keynote Speaker: Principal Kafele: The Gift of Black Educators Rock Fit Educator Workout Session (Rope)

6:45 –7:40 am

Sunday, July 15th - Lexington Hotel

Power Hour 2 11:30 am - 12:15 pm  Principal Shawn Hurt: How to Achieve 1.5 Years Growth in Math and Reading While Conquering Poverty (COMMERCE)  Erik Cork: Erik Cork's Coast-to-Coast Classroom: Rebuilding the Writing Foundation (OUTBOUND/RIGGING)

Aspiring Leaders Institute  Principal Kafele (Sail)

Power Hour 3 12:15 - 1:00 pm  Robert Jackson: Educating Black & Latino Males (COMMERCE/DOCKSIDE)  Dr. Stephanie Pasley Henry: The Math & Reading Party! (OUTBOND/RIGGING)

Sessions Follow Up 9:00 - 9:50 am  Home Ownership 101: Everything You Need to Know About Purchasing and Maintaining a Home (COMMERCE)  The Next Chapter: Life After High School (Andrea Jones-Davis) (A&E) (DOCKSIDE)

Power Hour 4 1:15 - 2:00 pm  Author Tommie Mabry: What Does It Mean When We Say “Black Educators Rock”? (COMMERCE/DOCKSIDE)  Michael Green: Science for Everyone Featuring the Science Machine (OUTBOUND/RIGGING)

Active Shooter Training (Tug)  Dr. Sarena Shivers (Tug)

Lunch: On Your Own

2:00 - 3:30 pm

Active Shooter Training (Tug)  Dr. Sarena Shivers (Tug)

3:45 - 5:15 pm

Round Tables 3:45 - 5:30 pm  Men’s Roundtable: New York Men Teach (COMMERCE/ DOCKSIDE)  Women’s Roundtable: SHEnergy (OUTBOUND/ RIGGING)

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

10:00 - 11:30 am

Sessions Follow Up 11:30 am - 12:00 pm  Marionne Antoinette: Financial Literacy: Credit Counseling & Money Tips (COMMERCE)  My Hair Healed Me: Removing the Inferior Seed to Uncover the REAL YOU (Te’Mia Lofton) (A&E) (DOCKSIDE) Closing Ceremony

12:30 - 1:30 pm

MC: L. Kobie Da Wiz Keynote Speaker: Dr. Melissa Chester Winward Ballroom

2018 ROCK Conference Program  

The 2018 Black Educators Rock, Inc. ROCK Conference offers an impacting professional development experience for your educators and a platfor...

2018 ROCK Conference Program  

The 2018 Black Educators Rock, Inc. ROCK Conference offers an impacting professional development experience for your educators and a platfor...