Conference Details

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

8:00 – 9:30am:  AM KEYNOTE

Dr. Larry Lezotte  “Using Effective Schools Research to Improve Student Success”

Dr. Lezotte earned his doctorate from Michigan State University in 1969, joining the faculty there that same year. Dr. Lezotte was a member of the original team of Effective Schools researchers who identified the characteristics of successful schools that have come to be known as the Correlates of Effective Schools.  Since that time, Dr. Lezotte has been at the forefront of the Effective Schools movement. He has written widely on the new mission of public education and the theories and tools necessary for successful and continuous school improvement.  The Effective Schools framework represents the “organizational umbrella” under which effective teaching can flourish. Successful implementation of the common core standards depends on effective teaching. Unfortunately, the current narrative has been nearly silent about the school as a complex organization and how they need to change to support effective teaching.  Dr. Lezotte will focus on those school practices that must be reset if teachers are going to be effective in assuring that all students are successful.

9:30 – 9:45am:  BREAK

9:45 – 11:00am:  AM BREAKOUT SESSIONS

AM BREAKOUT SESSION 1: Dr. Larry Lezotte – “Effective Schools in Action”
Dr. Lezotte will share case studies of the Correlates of Effective Schools in action, and detail the corresponding measurable results

AM BREAKOUT SESSION 2: Lise Galuga “If Our Walls Could Speak: Augmenting Reality”                                                                                                                        Imagine living in the magical world of Harry Potter, where in the school hallways are hung with lively, interactive paintings that tell their stories. Now imagine being able to create such an atmosphere for your students! Augmented reality (AR) allows teachers and students to create layers of digital information that can be viewed through an Android or iOS device. In this workshop we will explore augmented reality resources and discover how to create our own AR elements in order to put this this powerful tool in the hands of students. Come discover the many educational possibilities of AR!

AM BREAKOUT SESSION 3: Greg Woytila and Pat Holesko – “Making Things Happen: Qualified Zone Academy Bonds”
QZABs were first authorized in 1997 and are bonds the Federal Government subsidizes by allowing bondholders to receive tax credits that are approximately equal to the interest that States and communities would pay holders of taxable bonds. As a result, issuers are generally responsible for repayment of just the principal easing the burden on the taxpayers. QZABs can be used for technology enhancements, professional development and comprehensive school improvement initiatives in addition to building remodeling for schools who have at least 35% of their student population free and reduced lunch eligible. Come find out more about how simple and transparent the process is to apply for zero interest capital project funds

AM BREAKOUT SESSION 4: The Lockport Team “Innovative Ways to Extend Opportunity to Learn”

11:00 – 12:00pm:  LUNCH

12:00 – 1:30pm: PM KEYNOTE: Dr. Darryl Adams

1:30 – 1:45pm:  BREAK

1:45 – 3:00pm:  PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS

PM BREAKOUT SESSION 1: Dr. Darryl Adams

PM BREAKOUT SESSION 2: Lise Galuga “If Our Walls Could Speak: Augmenting Reality”                                                                                                                        Imagine living in the magical world of Harry Potter, where in the school hallways are hung with lively, interactive paintings that tell their stories. Now imagine being able to create such an atmosphere for your students! Augmented reality (AR) allows teachers and students to create layers of digital information that can be viewed through an Android or iOS device. In this workshop we will explore augmented reality resources and discover how to create our own AR elements in order to put this this powerful tool in the hands of students. Come discover the many educational possibilities of AR!

PM BREAKOUT SESSION 3: Greg Woytila and Pat Holesko – “Making Things Happen: Qualified Zone Academy Bonds”
QZABs were first authorized in 1997 and are bonds the Federal Government subsidizes by allowing bondholders to receive tax credits that are approximately equal to the interest that States and communities would pay holders of taxable bonds. As a result, issuers are generally responsible for repayment of just the principal easing the burden on the taxpayers. QZABs can be used for technology enhancements, professional development and comprehensive school improvement initiatives in addition to building remodeling for schools who have at least 35% of their student population free and reduced lunch eligible. Come find out more about how simple and transparent the process is to apply for zero interest capital project funds

PM BREAKOUT SESSION 4:The Lockport Team “Innovative Ways to Extend Opportunity to Learn”

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

8:00 – 9:30am:  AM KEYNOTE: John Antonetti – “Real Engagement: When the Work has Meaning”                                                                                                                      An engaged learner masters more content and develops deeper skill sets.  Even more important, students who can articulate their own thinking become better problem solvers in the academic work and the real world. Science tells us that the facets of learner engagement are simultaneously intellectual, academic, and egocentric.  John Antonetti takes us on a journey through the latest brain research in a humorous, interactive workshop that integrates strategy, thinking and engagement—truly a 3-dimensional approach.  From the Learning Cube, participants will 1) examine the power of personal response as a lever for thinking and engagement; 2) integrate middle- and upper-level thinking from Bloom’s Taxonomy into student-controlled activities; and 3) incorporate researched-based instructional strategies into lessons of critical and creative thinking. Antonetti has been described by Effective Schools founder Larry Lezotte as a teacher’s teacher and brings his experience teaching at all grade levels to the workshop.  He has helped schools throughout the country make classrooms more engaging and rigorous.  While hands-on work in schools is his passion, he is a highly sought keynote speaker. John integrates the research of John Medina’s brain rules with the big names in education and action research from the ASCD book he co-authored with the late Dr. Jim Garver, 17,000 Classroom Visits Can’t be Wrong: Strategies that Engage Students, Promote Active Learning and Boost Achievement.

You’ll laugh. You’ll cry.  You’ll leave with something you can use in your classroom tomorrow!

9:30 – 9:45am:  BREAK

9:45 – 11:00am:  AM BREAKOUT SESSIONS

AM BREAKOUT SESSION 1: John Antonetti – “Continued Engagement”

AM BREAKOUT SESSION 2: Malone Central School District – “The Power of the Connected Educator”

As educators connect and reach out to each other across the globe, professional learning becomes self-driven, ongoing, and authentically transdisciplinary as we share best practices in Twitter chats, webcasts, and Google Hangouts. Take some time to hear the personal stories of two educators from northeastern New York as they reflect on the impact of social media on the educators, students, and parents in their own school community. While social media has the ability to connect educators on a global scale, that cannot be the end of our social media journey. Educators must not only consume new information and ideas, but also share their own stories of success and failure. How have you removed the four walls of your school or classroom to share learning with parents, community members, and the world? What will professional development look like for you and your colleagues five years from now? Stop by this engaging session to investigate social media as a tool for sharing your story, while learning from the stories of others.

AM BREAKOUT SESSION 3: Waldron Elementary – “A Community of Learning”

Learn how Waldron Elementary in Waldron, Arkansas transformed their school using a community of learning model. After attending a presentation by Dr. Larry Lezotte at the Effective Schools Conference, the administration became inspired to think of ways to educate their students in the Information Age, using an “out of the box” approach. Administrators from Waldron Elementary will share their research and implementation plan and provide insight on how they brought together the local school board, fellow administrators, the school leadership team, parents and students to create an in which all students can flourish.

11:00 – 12:00pm:  LUNCH

12:00 – 1:30pm: PM KEYNOTE: Dr. Doug Willms

1:30 – 1:45pm:  BREAK

1:45 – 3:00pm:  PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS

PM BREAKOUT SESSION 1: Dr. Doug Willms

PM BREAKOUT SESSION 2: Malone Central School District – “The Power of the Connected Educator”

As educators connect and reach out to each other across the globe, professional learning becomes self-driven, ongoing, and authentically transdisciplinary as we share best practices in Twitter chats, webcasts, and Google Hangouts. Take some time to hear the personal stories of two educators from northeastern New York as they reflect on the impact of social media on the educators, students, and parents in their own school community. While social media has the ability to connect educators on a global scale, that cannot be the end of our social media journey. Educators must not only consume new information and ideas, but also share their own stories of success and failure. How have you removed the four walls of your school or classroom to share learning with parents, community members, and the world? What will professional development look like for you and your colleagues five years from now? Stop by this engaging session to investigate social media as a tool for sharing your story, while learning from the stories of others.

PM BREAKOUT SESSION 3: Waldron Elementary – “A Community of Learning”

Learn how Waldron Elementary in Waldron, Arkansas transformed their school using a community of learning model. After attending a presentation by Dr. Larry Lezotte at the Effective Schools Conference, the administration became inspired to think of ways to educate their students in the Information Age, using an “out of the box” approach. Administrators from Waldron Elementary will share their research and implementation plan and provide insight on how they brought together the local school board, fellow administrators, the school leadership team, parents and students to create an environment in which all students can flourish.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

8:00 – 9:30am:  KEYNOTE: Dr. Anthony Muhammad – “The Will to Lead: Working Together to Create a Healthy School Culture”

9:30 – 9:45am:  BREAK

9:45 – 11:00am:  BREAKOUT SESSIONS

BREAKOUT SESSION 1: Anthony Muhammad – “Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap: Liberating Mindsets to Effect Change”

BREAKOUT SESSION 2: Anthony Perkins – Gila Bend Unified School District 

BREAKOUT SESSION 3: John Mighton – Jump Math