Houston March 31, 2020


Richard Berry Educational Support Center
8877 Barker Cypress Rd.
Cypress, TX


7:45 – 8:15
Breakfast/Sign In/Registration

8:15 – 9:30
Welcome: Jimmy Casas
Opening Keynote: Ken Shelton

9:40 – 10:40
Concurrent Sessions A: Kerry Gallagher, Michael Lubelfeld, Daniel Booth, Jeff Zoul, Bobby Dodd, Lynn Colon, Sarah Johnson, A. J. Juliani,

10:50 – 11:50
Concurrent Sessions B: Kerry Gallagher, Michael Lubelfeld, Daniel Booth, Jimmy Casas, Bobby Dodd, Lynn Colon, Sarah Johnson, Ken Shelton, A. J. Juliani

11:50 – 1:00

1:15 – 2:15
Concurrent Sessions C: Kerry Gallagher, Michael Lubelfeld, Daniel Booth, Bobby Dodd, Lynn Colon, Sarah Johnson, A. J. Juliani, Jimmy Casas and Jeff Zoul

2:25 – 3:25
Concurrent Sessions D: Kerry Gallagher, Michael Lubelfeld, Daniel Booth, Bobby Dodd, Lynn Colon, Sarah Johnson, A. J. Juliani, Ken Shelton

Presenter Session Titles and Bios:

Ken Shelton

Ken currently holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. He has worked as an Educator for over 14 years and most recently taught technology at the Middle School level. As a part of his active involvement within the Educational Technology community, Ken is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Innovator. Ken has worked extensively at the policy level and was named to the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Education Technology Task Force. Ken has also provides consulting services and professional learning support to many companies, school districts/systems Nationally and Internationally, as well as non-profits such as the California Emerging Technology Fund’s School2Home program which is designed to support closing the Achievement Gap and Digital Divide at low-performing California middle schools. Ken regularly gives keynotes, presentations, and leads workshops, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Equity and Inclusion, Multimedia Literacy, Visual Storytelling, and Instructional Design topics. Ken is the ISTE Digital Equity PLN 2018 Excellence Award winner.

Twitter Handle: @K_Shelton

Ken Shelton Sessions:

Generation NOW: Contemporary Teaching and Learning
We have a startling level of accessibility to information and resources. Today’s learner is not only conditioned for immediate feedback, in many cases the desire for immediate results is expected. Adding to all of this is the competition for attention, The Attention Economy. As a result, one of the more significant challenges we face is to appropriately engage and connect with today’s learner. When it comes to technology and digital resources, many of these forms of engagement can occur at varying lengths of time from seconds to semesters. Whether it be teaching, learning, or creating, we have a plethora of resources available, literally at our fingertips. During this interactive keynote, we will explore ways in which these resources can foster increasing degrees of engagement from a teaching, learning, and creating perspective.

Great Educators Ensure Their Learning Environments are Both Culturally Responsive and Culturally Relevant
This highly interactive session will take participants through the process of creating culturally sensitive/responsive learning opportunities for students. We will look at and participate in several key instructional outcome areas as well as identify several technology-rich integration strategies. Key takeaways are as follows: 1. What are the characteristics of and how to become better culturally responsive educators? 2. What are the characteristics of and how do we ensure cultural relevance in our learning environments? 3. How and why does technology play a critical role in both areas of culture as well as sustainability in providing equitable access to learning?

Kerry Gallagher

Kerry Gallagher is Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts. She’s also Director of K-12 Education for ConnectSafely.org – internet safety non-profit in Palo Alto, California – a FutureReady Instructional Coach, ASCD Emerging Leader, Adobe Education Leader, PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, and EdSurge Columnist. She served as middle & high school teacher and digital learning specialist for over 15 years. Kerry is a TEDx & keynote speaker and lawyer by training. She’s been recognized by Family Online Safety Institute (2015), MassCUE (2016), SmartBrief and St. Anselm College (2018). Find her @KerryHawk02 and www.KerryHawk02.com

Twitter Handle: @KerryHawk02

Kerry Gallagher Sessions:

Great Educators Teach Media Literacy in this Era of Fake News
We hear a lot about “fake news” in this heated political climate, but that term is really a symptom of the lack of media literacy in a digital age where information is instant. First, participants will dig into the latest data from social science researchers, see how their media literacy skills measure up to the average adult American, and leave with the knowledge needed to ground their teaching practice in up-to-date research. Then participants will experience sample lessons – based on the research and advice of media literacy experts and emotional intelligence scholars – to bring critical media literacy skills to the classroom so students are able to make informed decisions about the media that bombards them every day.

Great Educators Understand the Power and Pitfalls of Screen Time
Adults, teens, and children spend more time with their fingers and faces on screens than ever before. Should we be worried? How is this changing our brains? This session will review the latest neurological research around screen use. Then we will talk about concrete actionable teaching strategies to use both when talking with parents and in the classroom with students of all ages to build the skills necessary to navigate our digital world successfully. Participants will leave the session able to differentiate between effective uses of technology and the uses that get in the way of learning.

Michael Lubelfeld

Mike currently serves as the superintendent of schools in the North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, and Highwood, IL north of Chicago. He is on the adjunct faculty at Loyola University Chicago and National Louis University in the Department of Educational Leadership. Mike earned an IASA School of Advanced Leadership Fellowship and he also graduated from the AASA National Superintendent Certification Program. He can be found on Twitter at @mikelubelfeld, and he co-moderates #suptchat – the monthly superintendent educational chat on Twitter. He co-authored the 2017 Rowman & Littlefield book The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow’s Schools Today and the 2018 Rowman & Littlefield book Student Voice: From Invisible to Invaluable. Mike has spoken around the USA and the world on leadership, student voice, and global service. Mike has been married to his wife Stephanie for the past 16 years and they have two children. He blogs at http://mikelubelfeld.edublogs.org

Twitter Handle: @mikelubelfeld

Mike Lubelfeld Sessions:

Great Educators UNLEARN
Interested in energizing people to think, act, and lead differently? Dr. Mike Lubelfeld will be speaking about the principles found in the 2017 book, The Unlearning Leader:
Leading for Tomorrow’s Schools Today. The premise is that we all need to unlearn, and in order to change and prepare for tomorrow, much of what leaders have learned must be unlearned to create a new tomorrow for our nation’s children. Plan to learn about the power and positive impact of leadership when old truths are “unlearned” so that you can challenge your own long-held beliefs and begin to lead in new ways. You will walk away from this session with actionable ideas to bring unlearning concepts to your team.

Great Educators Incorporate Student Voice
Why does student engagement decrease the longer young people are in school? In this session, we will learn how to change that trend and take student voice from invisible to invaluable. You will walk away knowing Why, How, and Should today’s school leaders can engage student voice from a leadership perspective as collaborators in leading. Using an easy to apply model called “ASK’EM” concepts such as asking, supporting, knowing, empowering, and monitoring student leadership, voice, and agency, will be shared with opportunity for hands on planning.

Daniel Booth

Daniel Booth is in his second year as superintendent at Carbondale Elementary School District #95 in Carbondale, IL. Prior to becoming the district leader at CES #95, Mr. Booth served as principal, assistant principal, dean of students, health/driver education teacher and assistant boys’ basketball and track coach for more than 12 years at Carbondale Community High School. In 2006, Mr. Booth earned his undergraduate degree in health education, followed by his master’s degree in educational administration in 2010, and, in 2016, his Educational Specialist certification, all from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Leadership is his true passion: His desire is to inspire educators to impact the lives of others by maximizing the daily opportunities they receive to plant seeds of encouragement and hope. Mr. Booth is married to the love of his life, Ashley, and committed to being the best dad to the couple’s two children, Jaxon and Delaney.

Twitter Handle: @DBoothCES95

Daniel Booth Sessions:

Great Educators Learn Lessons from the Lives of Fellow Leaders
From becoming a high school administrator at the age of 25, to becoming an elementary superintendent at the age of 35, Daniel Booth has amassed a ton of leadership lessons to share with those aspiring to be an educational leader or those currently, and daily, living out this important work. This session will be packed with practical lessons to guide leaders in positioning themselves for success in their current and future roles.
Participants will leave this session with:

  • Practical tips on how to immediately be a better educational leader
  • Strategies to equip you for your next leadership opportunity
  • Ideas on how to assist and inspire teachers in reaching their full potential
  • Inspiration to live out your purpose in schools every day

Great Educators Transform Education by Implementing Systemic Change
This session will look at how one elementary school district, labeled as under performing under the Every Student Succeeds Act, began its journey to grow students and teachers by implementing academic systems. Implementation of this simple four-step process helped students from all backgrounds experience academic growth in one year’s time and enabled the school district to have true baseline data to track future growth.
Participants will leave this session with:

  • Strategies for resetting academic systems in a school district (Building the plane while flying it!)
  • Ideas on how to train teachers to value progress monitoring data
  • Techniques on how to train building leaders to lead teams of teachers in analyzing data in a systematic fashion

Bobby Dodd

Bobby Dodd is the high school principal at William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio. He earned four degrees before determining what he wanted to do with his life…dedicate it to helping people. Dodd’s passion for helping others lead him to create new opportunities for students and staff such as digital academies, college summer camps, fabrication laboratories, Early College High School, and personalized learning environments. He has received awards for his contributions as a connected educator, including the 2016 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year award and was a finalist for the 2017 Varsity Brands “Principal of Principle” award. Dodd continues to assist others in the education field by presenting at the local, state and national levels as well as offering professional resources at WWW.TheEducationalLeaders.com.

Twitter Handle: @bobby__dodd

Bobby Dodd Sessions:
Great Educators are Authentic Learners and Leaders

Attendees will learn the importance of being an authentic educator and leader. The session will focus on strategies to challenge the status quo and help change the educational background for any classroom and building. Attendees will learn strategies such as:

  • Using social media to share learning with others;
  • How to Help others in the educational field grow
  • Ways educators and leaders create a shared leadership culture
  • Developing appreciation and gratitude as educators and leaders
  • Creating habits and honoring the process
  • Generating ideas and possibilities
  • How to address unprofessionalism.
Great Educators Use Many Resources for Learning and Leading

Attendees will learn how and why to use different technology tools they can incorporate into their classes and buildings. The session will consist of a brief description of each resource, how to use the tool, and where the attendees can go to find further information on the resources. Attendees will see examples of the resources used in practice and visualize how they can also use the tools in their classes and buildings.

Lynmara Colon

Lynmara Colón brings the perspective of a teacher, assistant principal, and principal—positions she has held since joining education in 2003. As principal of an Elementary School in 2014, she served over 1,000 students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade and was able to increase reading engagement by leading a culture of literacy, personalized learning, and collaborative learning teams. Lynmara believes all schools should be run like Disney; providing magical experiences to every student regardless or their background. She now heads the office that provides comprehensive registration services to English learners and immigrant children, including translation and interpretation services, to a school division serving over 90,000 students. These students represent 124 countries and 149 languages. Colón holds two master’s degrees: a degree in curriculum and instruction, and the other in educational leadership. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in education.

Twitter Handle: @TheColon_s

Lynn Colon Sessions:

Great Educators are Great Influencers
Learn how to take charge and be intentional about the things that matter most in your role as a school leader. In this session Lynn Colon will share how 3 simple principles that can influence your organization no matter the leadership role you serve in. You will walk away empowered to be a leader of influence where students win as a result!
Participants will leave this session with:

  • Strategies for employee engagement
  • Effective ways to communicate change
  • Strategies to influence others
  • Influence strategies to real life situations in schools

Great Educators Create Magical Moments for ALL
Come and learn how to make your school/department the happiest place on earth. In this session Lynn will share ways you can create a climate overflowing with optimism, happiness, partnership, and “of course” rigorous learning. Inspired by Disney’s model of excellence this session will inspire you to look at your leadership role as one where you can lead with a “Disney mentality”

Participants will leave this session with:

  • Strategies to sustain the culture of their school/department
  • Ideas for employee engagement
  • Effective ways to use stakeholders as a resource to make magic happen
  • Ideas for leading with your legacy in mind

Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson has served as an educational leader in the classroom, building, and district level in a variety of capacities for sixteen years, most recently as a building principal at all levels, K-12. She recently launched into consulting and speaking to serve educators and other professionals around the country to seek more intentionality in their full lives and live with greater purpose, priority, and passion. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, Master of Science in Educational Administration, a Certificate for Women in Leadership from Cornell University, and is completing her Ed.S. for District Administrator licensing. She is co-author of Balance Like a Pirate: Going Beyond Work-Life Balance to Ignite Passion and Thrive as an Educator and author of Lead with FAITH. She is founder of In AWE, LLC where she amplifies women and empowers a community, part of which includes hosting the In AWE Podcast where she is proud to amplify incredible stories every week. Website: www.sarahsajohnson.com and www.inawetorise.com

Twitter Handle: @sarahsajohnson

Sarah Johnson Sessions:

Great Educators Go Beyond Work-Life Balance to Ignite Passion and Thrive
There’s no question that every educator faces challenges on the job with ever increasing demands that lead to stress and put us all at risk for burnout. School leaders and educators often define themselves through servant leadership, tending to put others’ needs above their own, often sacrificing much of their personal time for their careers. If we aren’t intentional about our energy pouring, we may end up drained. It is critical to remember that there is much in our lives that we can control, and it is time to empower ourselves to live intentionally in all spaces of our full lives. Let’s go beyond surviving and be intentional about thriving!
Participants will:

  • Understand that balance at 50/50 formula is a myth, but we can live with passion, purpose, and priority.
  • Learn a more robust way of looking at balance for a full life, focusing on the Balance Quadrants—Personal, Professional, Positional, and Passions.
  • Self-assess current reality within the four Balance Quadrants, identifying areas of strength and growth.
  • Determine at least two actionable strategies to align with goals in the Balance Quadrants to seek a more intentionally lived life.
  • Receive a template for personalized goal setting to place learning into action.

Great Educators Know Selfcare Is Not Selfish: Healthy Means More Selfless
Though we often consider ourselves last when taking care while we are taking charge in our professional lives, the cost to our well being can be significant. Remember the key advice we get when traveling on an airplane to place the oxygen mask on ourselves first so that we can assist others? We must begin to apply this to our daily lives before the effects of stress take their toll on our mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional capacities. After building a clear case for this need, we will go through specific practices and strategies for participants to build a sustainable self care plan that they can also bring back to their organizations to impact others. Take charge now so you can take more care later!
Participants will:

  • Understand the impact of both positive and negative stress on our bodies, minds, and effectiveness of our work.
  • Identify personalized self care strategies from a wide range of suggestions provided to tailor to the individual’s lifestyle and comfort level.
  • Start a self care plan that involves actionable steps to take today, next month, and for a sustainable plan for the future.

A J Juliani

A.J. Juliani serves as Faculty for the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (PLN) and former Director of Learning and Innovation for Centennial School District. As an English teacher, football coach, and K-12 Technology Staff Developer, A.J. has worked towards innovative learning experiences for schools in various roles. A.J. is also an award-winning blogger, speaker, and author of multiple books, including the best-sellers Empower and Launch.

Twitter Handle: @ajjuliani

A J Juliani Sessions:

Great Educators Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning
Kids begin their learning journey as curious problem solvers who ask questions and create solutions. As they go through school, something happens to many of our students, and they begin to play the game of school, eager to be compliant and follow a path instead of making their own. As teachers, leaders, and parents, we have the opportunity to be the guide in our kids’ education and unleash the creative potential of each and every student. In a world that is ever changing, our job is not to prepare students for something; instead, our role is to help students prepare themselves for anything.

Great Educators LAUNCH into Design Thinking: How to Bring Out the Maker in Every Subject
Creative work can be hard. It can be challenging. It can sometimes be overwhelming to try and plan and incorporate into the classroom. Yet, we know our students are going to have to be more creative than ever to successfully thrive in today’s world. This workshop shares how design thinking can provide a structure for creative teaching and learning, and how this process can empower our students to do remarkable work inside our schools right now.

Jimmy Casas

Jimmy Casas served twenty-two years as a school leader, including fourteen years as Principal at Bettendorf High School. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the Best High Schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report.

Jimmy was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for NASSP 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year. In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge. Jimmy is also the author of three books, “What Connected Educators Do Differently,” “Start. Right. Now. – Teach and Lead for Excellence,” and his latest release and best-selling book “Culturize – Every Student. Every Day. Whatever it Takes.”

Jimmy currently serves as an adjunct professor for Drake University, teaching courses in educational leadership. Finally, he is the owner and CEO of J Casas & Associates, an educational leadership company aimed at organizing and providing world class professional learning services for educators across the country.

Twitter Handle: @casas_jimmy

Jimmy Casas Sessions:

Great Educators Lead, Learn, and Reflect by Writing
Educators need to find ways to ignite their own learning. Our busy lives leave little time to add one more task to our plates. That said, the task of writing is already a part of our daily schedule. Newsletters, emails, and meeting minutes are already typical fare within our duties as administrators. Why not take this skill to the next level and become a lead writer? In this session, we will look at all aspects of writing, including how to go about writing and publishing a book. We will examine the importance of effective written communication for school leaders, answering: Why we write, How and Why to start blogging, How we can model the writing process for students and staff we serve, and What is the role of writing in the life of an educator. We will also share ideas and tips for publishing a book.

Great Educators Identify and Address the Critical Truths
Remember when you wanted to become a school leader? How excited you were? How you were going to inspire others to be great? Do you still have that same fire? If not, why not? What happened? Well, I give you all a pass because I know you are doing the best you can, but we all can do better when we have a better understanding of the skills we need to develop to become more effective. In this session, I will share my shortcomings and the critical truths that I learned the hard way along my journey as a school leader.

Jeff Zoul

Dr. Jeffrey Zoul is a lifelong teacher, learner, and leader, currently serving as an Instructional and Leadership Coach, Author, and Speaker. Prior to working in this capacity, Jeff served as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in Deerfield, Illinois and Rock Island, Illinois. He also served as a school improvement specialist with Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit school improvement network. Jeff served as a principal with Forsyth County Schools in Cumming, Georgia, and with North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, Illinois. Zoul is the author of many books, including Start. Right. Now. Teach and Lead for Excellence. Jeff blogs at: jeffreyzoul.blogspot.com

Twitter Handle: @jeff_zoul

Jeff Zoul Sessions:

Great Educators Lead, Learn, and Reflect by Writing
Educators need to find ways to ignite their own learning. Our busy lives leave little time to add one more task to our plates. That said, the task of writing is already a part of our daily schedule. Newsletters, emails, and meeting minutes are already typical fare within our duties as administrators. Why not take this skill to the next level and become a lead writer? In this session, we will look at all aspects of writing, including how to go about writing and publishing a book. We will examine the importance of effective written communication for school leaders, answering: Why we write, How and Why to start blogging, How we can model the writing process for students and staff we serve, and What is the role of writing in the life of an educator. We will also share ideas and tips for publishing a book

Great Educators Build Culture and Lead Learning
This is a session designed for all current school administrators (and other school leaders) as well as aspiring administrators. Two main responsibilities of any school leader are: 1. Building Culture and 2. Leading Learning. In this session, we will facilitate a conversation centered on these two leadership responsibilities. Participants will work together to discuss why these pillars of educational leadership matter, and how we can best fulfill our responsibilities in these two critical areas. We will examine core leadership values and behaviors that can enhance our ability to build culture and lead learning