Become A Presenter or Nominate An Educator Who Has Created An Environment That Is Intellectually Safe and Fosters High Expectations


Nominate A Deserving Educator

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During the 2019 REACH(c) Awards Dinner, the President and CEO and chief architect of the New York State Education Department's Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) will recognize awardees of several categories aligned to excellent practices inspired and guided by the DTSDE rubric.

We are encouraging school districts to nominate superintendents, school leaders, and teachers who fulfill the expectations within the following categories:

Superintendent(s): Fostering strategies that create whole district reform leading to actions that create equitable learning opportunities and success for all students (SOP 1.2);

  • Statement of Practice 1.2: The district leadership has a comprehensive and explicit theory of action about school culture that communicates high expectations for addressing the needs of all constituents.

 Principal(s): Fostering a vision and well-known understanding that students' who are cared for and understood as individuals have greater opportunities to excel academically; thereby, making the connections between socio-emotional and academic health inextricably connected (SOPs 2.2 and 5.2): 

  • Statement of Practice 2.2: The school leader ensures that the school community shares the Specific, Measurable, Ambitious, Results-oriented, and Timely (SMART) goals/mission and long-term vision inclusive of core values that address the priorities outlined in the School Comprehensive Educational Plan (SCEP).
  • Statement of Practice 5.2: The school leader establishes overarching systems and understandings of how to support and sustain student social and emotional developmental health and academic success.

Teacher(s): Fostering environments of high levels of intellectual safety and student risk taking that leads to high expectations and increased academic achievement (Statement of Practice 4.4):

  • Statement of Practice 4.4:  Teachers and students work together to implement a program/plan to create a learning environment that is responsive to students’ varied experiences and tailored to the strengths and needs of all students.

Student Support Team: Fostering a school environment that has an explicit plan and strategy for addressing students' academic and socio-emotional needs that undergird a positive school culture and leads to physically and intellectually safe spaces for all students (SOP 5.3):

  • Statement of Practice 5.3:  The school articulates and systematically promotes a vision for social and emotional developmental health that is aligned to a curriculum or program that provides learning experiences and a safe and healthy school environment for families, teachers, and students

Submission and Due Dates:

The selection process will be conducted by committee of REACH(c) lead DTSDE reviewers.  Nominations are due by September 30, 2018. The winners will be announced by October 15, 2018.  Each winner will be able to register free of charge for the full conference experience.  All honorable mention nominees will be able to register at a 50% discount.   Guests of all winners and honorable mention nominees, who register as a group with the winner or honorable mention, will receive a 25% discount off the registration fee.   All winners must be registered to attend the conference by November 15, 2018, to be confirmed as a winner of their category.


Become A Presenter

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There are a limited number of presentation opportunities for practitioners to present their best practices aligned to coaching. Presenter applicants will have 90 minutes for their seminar short.  Proposals must correspond to the 2019 REACH(c) Whole School Reform: How Do We Push Pass the Perceptions of Race and Poverty to Attain High Student Achievement?  

REACH(c) conference organizers are looking for presentations aligned to the following topics:

  • Creating intellectually and culturally responsive classrooms that result in high student engagement;
  • Schools that identify goals and strategies that successfully counter the achievement gap;
  • School communities that create systems that connect academic and socio-emotional supports that remove impediments from high student achievement;
  • Successful district- and school-wide practices that explicitly create dynamic connections between hiring, supporting, and retaining high-quality teachers and staff members; and
  • Identifying and nurturing partnerships with community-based organizations, charter schools, and other entities that support students and families.

Submission and Due Dates

The deadline for submission is September 30, 2018.

If you are applying to become a presenter, do not register for the conference until you receive a notification about your application.  If your proposal is accepted, you will receive a discount code for the registration fee. Acceptance notifications will be emailed on a rolling basis but no later than October 15, 2018.  A memorandum of agreement will be emailed to presenters upon acceptance of their proposal. All presenters must be registered to attend the conference by November 15, 2018.   

Expectations for PowerPoints and Distributed Materials: 

Presenters are responsible for supplying participants with copies and handouts to be distributed during the presentation.  All PowerPoints and handouts must be approved by REACH Educational Solutions by December 30, 2018. 


    The REACH(c) proposal committee will evaluate the presenter's ability to:

    • Address a current or important topic in education;
    • Explain how his or her work has been implemented in a classroom, school, or district;
    • Demonstrate creativity and show how an innovative strategy addresses a challenge;
    • Clearly define the outcomes for participants; and
    • Utilize a delivery model other than a lecture format.

    Proposal Tips

    1. Presenters should focus on engaging discussions and sharing of innovative strategies to address high expectations. Our participants are interested in developing and effectively using instructional strategies to address their students' needs.  Presentations that explicitly model effective strategies and encourage robust discussions are the most successful with our conference participants.
    2. What did it look like when you realized your efforts were successful?  REACH(c) is known for delivering hands-on, practical advice that is aligned to the needs of conference participants.  Providing a space for action planning in your session that can lead to immediate improvements in districts and schools is a requirement for each session.  The best presentations are the sessions that outline what participants can immediately consider addressing.
    3. Ensure high levels of interaction. Participants enjoy sessions that encourage discourse and the ability to interact with other people.  Developing new thought partners who may have different, but applicable, experiences is a sure way to meet the needs of session participants.  

    space and equipment

    REACH(c) will ensure that the conference site supplies the following audio/visual (AV) equipment in each room:

    • Projector and screen;
    • Microphone for sessions with more than 25 participants;
    • Laptop audio connection into sound system;
    • All cables required to connect laptop to projector; and
    • Flip chart and markers (upon request)

    You must order any additional AV equipment directly from the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel.  Contact Alex Jeannite at to arrange for additional equipment. The additional cost of the equipment will be billed to the presenter.  

    All AV request must be submitted by November 30, 2018. If you have changes or additions to your AV requirements after this time or once on-site, there may incur additional charges.

    Note: Your room set-up and capacity information will be e-mailed to you closer to the event date.