Nashville Schedule

The conference schedule is designed for you, as the attendee, to get the full experience while you are in Nashville.


3300 Siegel Road

Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Friday, April 13, 2018space

4:00 – 5:00
Sign In/Registration

5:00 – 6:15
Welcome: Jimmy Casas
Opening Keynote: Todd Whitaker

6:15 – 7:00

7:00 – 8:15
Workshop: Todd Whitaker
Closing: Jeff Zoul

Saturday, April 14, 2018

7:30 – 8:00
Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 9:30 
What Great Educators Do Differently “Unconference”

9:30 – 9:40

9:40 – 10:40
Concurrent Sessions A: Jeff Zoul, Kayla Delzer, Ken Williams, Pernille Ripp, Joe Sanfelippo, LaVonna Roth

10:40 – 10:50

10:50 – 11:50

Concurrent Sessions B: Jeff Zoul, Kayla Delzer, Ken Williams, Pernille Ripp, Joe Sanfelippo, LaVonna Roth
11:50 – 12:30

12:30 – 1:00

Plenary General Session: John Trautwein
1:00 – 1:10

1:10 – 2:10

Concurrent Sessions B: Jeff Zoul, Kayla Delzer, Ken Williams, Pernille Ripp, LaVonna Roth
2:10 – 2:20

2:20 – 3:30

Closing Keynote: Joe Sanfelippo
Closing Remarks: Jimmy Casas


Todd Whitaker

What Great Educators Do Differently
What are the specific qualities and practices of great educators that elevate them above the rest? This session reveals what the most effective teachers and administrators do differently than their colleagues.  Participants will focus on what the most successful educators do . . . that others do not. Everyone will leave knowing what great educators do differently, why these things make them more effective, and learn how to immediately implement each of these into your own classrooms and schools.


Joe Sanfelippo
Closing Keynote:

Great Educators Change the Narrative
When is the last time something amazing happened in your school?  How many people knew about it?  The work done in schools all across the globe is spectacular.  Kids gather, learn, leave and make the world we live in a better place.  So…amazing things happen all the time.  Telling the story of schools helps create a narrative that builds culture and gives everyone in your community an identity.  Utilizing social media and being the chief storyteller in your district is a great way to celebrate the success of students with parents and the community. FIND YOUR AUDIENCE…BUILD YOUR BRAND…CELEBRATE KIDS!!

Concurrent Session:

Great Educators are Social Media Superheroes
Every school needs a Social Media Superhero.  The use of social media meets families, community members, and decision makers in a place where they live daily.  Find out how to maximize your school’s social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more) in order to lead, inspire and inform all stakeholders.  Social media is a new literacy and our school leaders have to model that literacy appropriately.


LaVonna Roth

Great Educators Ignite the SHINE in All They Do!
This is a FUNshop where all will experience PD like never before! Motivating, involved and focused on how EVERY child is gifted and talented in their own way, as is every individual in a school. This experience is all about our obligation in finding, fostering and flourishing that gift so students have pride and a mindset that believes in their ability and future. No student fits into a box of reading, writing, math and science.  They are more than that! They are a whole child. Thus, we focus on Self, Heart (passion), how to Inspire and Navigate our journey to create the Exceptional people our students are meant to be. So how do we meet the demands of school and testing, while meeting the needs of these students? By taking a good look at how each student learns and the gifts they bring to the table. In this FUNshop, be ready to be inspired, leave with an action plan, and the desire to truly watch every child succeed!  But, wait! There’s more. I’m also talking about the staff in your school. We ALL count! So, get ready for a SHINETASTIC culture shift as you experience a great time of celebrating you and those you teach!

Great Educators Engage the Brain to Maximize Learning… Not Compliance
It’s time to banish boredom and compliance from our classrooms! Students are immersed in a multi-faceted and fast paced world where gaining their attention and keeping them engaged can be tough. So, how do we do it? Dynamic instruction that captivates and challenges their brains!  This engaging and interactive session, based on LaVonna’s highly sought after books, will give you the keys you need to unlock the secrets to captivating and engaging the minds of your students.  Restock your toolbox with dynamic, brain-powered strategies that will ensure you reach students with diverse backgrounds, varying emotional needs, and those who are dealing with the challenges of stress and poverty.  Learn how the brain learns… and arm yourself with the strategies you need to dramatically increase student learning in your classroom.


Jimmy Casas

Great Educators Lead Change to Move Beyond the Status Quo
As teachers and principals, we must regularly ask ourselves:  Have we grown complacent? Have we settled for the status quo? It’s our job not to let average become the standard. When a classroom or school is in need of transformation, leadership is at its most critical and the fate of a school rests on its teacher’s and principal’s ability to gain support.   If you’re the type of teacher/principal who wants to inspire greatness in everyone who passes through your school this presentation is a can’t miss. You will learn what it takes to raise expectations school-wide, foster the belief in one’s ability to achieve, and create an environment where everyone—students, staff, parents, and the community—takes pride in supporting each other toward excellence.


Jeff Zoul

Great Educators Teach and Lead for Excellence
Excellent teachers lead and excellent leaders teach. Excellent teachers and excellent leaders have much more in common, including the 4 key behaviors they exhibit on a daily basis: They Know the Way, Show the Way, Go the Way, and Grow Each Day. Whether leading students or staff, these amazing educators know that in order to lead effectively, we must Start. Right. Now. In this session, you will explore the importance of teaching and leading from a framework of core values and discover ways to act upon these values to improve the climate and culture of your classroom, school, or district. Learn new ways to inspire others, build capacity, model success behaviors, and grow professionally each and every day.

Great Educators Teach and Lead Like Coaches

Excellent teachers and leaders do not merely “teach” those they serve; they “coach” them, too. Much like athletic coaches, they provide opportunities for targeted practice, offer specific feedback, make every second count during the lesson, and “chunk” learning by breaking down large amounts of learning into smaller units. In this session, you will explore the characteristics of effective coaching and how we can translate these practices into the classroom and professional learning. We will share and practice intentional teaching techniques designed to promote results-oriented classroom lessons and professional learning sessions. We will focus on techniques that create a rigorous and engaging learning environment.


Ken Williams

Great Educators Bet On US
Every day educators are sent more and more messages that erode their impact. The statement, ‘kids win because of what we do’ should be a fundamental assumption, but these days, it’s anything but that.  By focusing on adult learner impact, Bet On US disrupts this paradigm by combining research, reflection, mindset, and best practice to restore the confidence needed to ensure high levels of learning for all students.

Great Educators Move Students To And Through The BAR
A common challenge for schools is figuring out how to transition from a culture of compliance to a culture of commitment, from ‘learning for some’ to ‘learning for ALL.’  These gaps are bridged in a Culture of Collective Responsibility. Ken Williams engages K-12 educators and leaders in high-leverage best practices and structures that ensure a focus on moving ALL students ‘To and Through The BAR.’ Participants walk away with tools to ensure high levels of learning for ALL students and to make equity actionable.


Pernille Ripp

Great Educators Reimagine Learning Through Global Collaboration
We all seem to discuss the need for global collaboration and get excited when others do it, but how do we bring this into our own environments?  Global collaboration isn’t meant to make more work for you, but instead meant to engage students and staff in a more authentic manner in already pre-existing learning.  Come to this workshop and find ways to fit global learning and global connections into what you are already doing, without the need to be 1to1 or have crazy amounts of technology.

Great Educators Create Passionate Learning Environments
Would you want to be a student in your own classroom? In this session, based on the book Passionate Learners: How to Engage and Empower Your Students, 7th grade teacher Pernille Ripp will help both novice and seasoned teachers create a positive, interactive learning environment where students drive their own academic achievement. You’ll discover how to make fundamental changes to your classroom so learning becomes an exciting challenge rather than a frustrating ordeal. Attendees will discover practical strategies for how to build a working relationship with your students based on mutual trust, respect, and appreciation, be attentive to your students’ needs and share ownership of the classroom with them, and break out of the vicious cycle of punishment and reward to control student behaviour.  Whether you are just beginning or well on your way in your teaching career, this session is meant to inspire you, help you take some risks, and eagerly pursue your journey toward a classroom filled with passionate learners.

Great Educators Help Students Fall in Love with Reading
We have the books to help us teach reading but how do we create passionate reading environments? In this session, attendees will discover all the extra things we can implement in our classrooms as we help students become more passionate about books and reading.  We will explore how to build meaningful classroom libraries, how to foster a better student reading identity, as well as how to include picture books in our instruction as a means to teach complex reading and writing skills.  Attendees will leave with a plethora of new strategies, tips and tricks to infuse more passion into their literacy classroom.


Kayla Delzer

Great Educators Redesign Their Learning Environments
If we take a look at classrooms over the past 100 years, we are seeing the same type of learning environments, year after year. The world is changing, yet our classrooms are being designed much the same. Revitalizing space and incorporating flexible seating is a straightforward way to let students exercise choice in the learning environment and find academic success on their own terms. This session is based on Kayla’s book, FlexEd, releasing in June 2018.

Participants will leave this session with:
Practical tips, strategies, research, pedagogy, and ideas to implement flexible seating in your classroom or school.
Management strategies to turn your classroom into a flexible seating, student led “Starbucks for Kids” learning space.

Great Educators Reimagine Education: Teachers as Learners and Students as Leaders
In this passionate talk, third grade teacher Kayla Delzer speaks about her mission to revitalize learning, relationships, and the classroom environment. Kayla explains how to release the power in the classroom by giving students ownership of their learning and making it relevant to them. Breaking down the four walls of the classroom allows her students to become globally connected – and you won’t believe the endeavors her students conquer by embracing purposeful technology. This session is an expanded version of her TEDx talk.

Participants will leave this session with:
Ideas to build meaningful relationships with students and connect with a Professional Learning Network (PLN).
Strategies to embrace purposeful technology and teach digital citizenship
Actions to make every school year epic.