65 YEARS POST BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION: WHERE ARE WE WITH CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP?

 
 
 

WHAT’S THE CONVERSATION?

 

The 2020 Whole School Reform conference will continue to push participants’ thinking and disrupt the status quo that exists in many schools and districts, especially those serving minority students and students living in poverty.

Throughout the years, the Whole School Reform conferences have focused on coaching, leadership development, perceptions of race and poverty, and now, the achievement gap. With the growing number of participants,  the leaders of REACH realize that the challenge of providing powerful and thought-provoking experiences is to secure experts in the field, both theorists and practitioners, that are capable of discussing current challenges in education that impede high student achievement. In return, REACH asks each of the conference’s participants to actively engage in the conference, have an open mind to new ideas, examine current practices, and reflect on the adjustments necessary to address concerns in their home schools and districts. 

This year’s conference promises to live-up to the past experience of pushing participants out of their comfort zone and support them through solution-based inquiry and action planning.

 

powerful speakers and presenters

bringing the best and brightest minds to your conference experience

 

saturday, february 15, 2020 - general session: plenary I

a RIVETING panel discussion with three leading voices in education

Mr. Alan Blankstein: Panelist 1

Mr. Blankstein will represent the leader’s responsibility towards creating and sustaining a positive school culture that establishes high expectations for student achievement and effectively responds to achievement gaps that exists within the school.

Dr. Steve Perry: Panelist 2

Dr. Perry will represent the charter school’s voice with accepting the challenge of addressing the needs of students, who formerly attend struggling schools, and raising their academic achievement.

Dr. Pedro Noguera: Panelist 3

Dr. Noguera will represent the concept of the teacher’s role in creating classroom environments that address the academic and socio-emotional needs of all students and remove impediments from high expectations and achievement

 
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Tony Wagner - Special Skype Presenter

Tony Wagner Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute. A globally recognized voice in education, Tony Wagner is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, founded by Linda Darling-Hammond in 2015. Prior to this appointment, Tony held a variety of positions at Harvard University for more than twenty years, including four years as an Expert in Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab and the founder and co-director, for more than a decade, of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His previous work experience includes twelve years as a high school teacher, K-8 principal, university professor in teacher education, and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility. Tony is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and a widely published author. His work includes numerous articles and six books. Tony’s latest, Most Likely To Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for The Innovation Era, co-authored by Ted Dintersmith, was published by Scribner in 2015. Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World, was published in 2012 to rave reviews and has been translated into 17 languages. His 2008 book, The Global Achievement Gap continues to be an international best seller, with more than 140,000 copies in print.

 

sunday, february 16, 2020 - day-long learning

 
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Dr. Lisa Delpit

 

Currently the Felton G. Clark Distinguished Professor of Education at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lisa D. Delpit is the former Executive Director/Eminent Scholar for the Center for Urban Education & Innovation at Florida International University, Miami, Florida.  She is also the former holder of the Benjamin E. Mays Chair of Urban Educational Excellence at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia.  Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she is a nationally and internationally-known speaker and writer whose work has focused on the education of children of color and the perspectives, aspirations, and pedagogy of teachers of color.  Delpit's work on school-community relations and cross-cultural communication was cited as a contributor to her receiving a MacArthur “Genius” Award in 1990.  Dr. Delpit describes her strongest focus as "...finding ways and means to best educate marginalized students, particularly African-American, and other students of color."  She has used her training in ethnographic research to spark dialogues between educators on issues that have impact on students typically least well-served by our educational system.  Dr. Delpit is particularly interested in teaching and learning in multicultural societies, having spent time studying these issues in Alaska, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and in various urban and rural sites in the continental United States.  She received a B.S. degree from Antioch College and an M.Ed. and Ed.D. from Harvard University.  Her background is in elementary education with an emphasis on language and literacy development.

 
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Dr. Chris Emdin

 

Dr. Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; where he also serves as Director of the Science Education program and Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education.

He is an alumni fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University and served as STEAM Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State and Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Dr. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

Dr. Emdin holds a Ph.D in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Masters degrees in both Natural Sciences and Education Administration, and Bachelors degrees in Physical Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry.

 
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Dr. Gilda Ochoa

 

Gilda L. Ochoa has received awards for teaching and writing on Chicanas/os-Latinas/os, education, and race/ethnicity. Her most recent book,  Academic Profiling: Latinos, Asian Americans, and the Achievement Gap, was named as one of 35 books that all educators of African American and Latino students must read. It has also received awards from the Asian American Studies Association, the American Sociological Association, and the Society for the Study of Social Problem for its focus on race and eradicating racism. Ochoa’s earlier books include Becoming Neighbors in a Mexican American Community, Learning from Latino Teachers, and Latina/o Los Angeles. Her work has also appeared in public media outlets such as Rethinking Schools, Truthout, CounterPunch, Alternet, LA Progressive, and the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Her poetry can be found at Latino Rebels and Latinx Spaces.

 
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BERNARD GASSAWAY

Bernard Gassaway is a student and a teacher. As a student, he strives to discover how to become the ultimate learner. As a teacher, he strives to enable and empower his students to discover their life’s passions through inquiry and deliberation.

Bernard has authored four books: Reflections of an Urban High School Principal, Education Denied: Children Challenges and Choices, Helping Principals Build Partnerships, and Gassaway’s Principles for Principals: Caring and Effective Leadership.

… and many more

 

monday, february 17, 2020

revisiting, reflecting, and reimagining: gender-based sessions for re-energizing our commitment to education equity and excellence

Roland Martin

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

 

Susan L. Taylor

Judge Lauren Lake

 

hill harper delivers the call-to-action luncheon keynote

monday, february 17, 2020 (12 noon - 1:30 pm)

Commitment to Youth and Education

Harper travels frequently as a motivational speaker, addressing a wide range of audiences, including youth, adults, couples, and business leaders. Beyond his dedication to acting, Harper engages himself in reaching out to young African-Americans and Latinos in need of guidance. He also regularly speaks to youth in public schools, often emphasizing the values of a good education. Harper founded the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering underserved youth through mentorship, educational and motivational programs. Education

Harper graduated with a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Brown University and cum laude with a juries doctor degree from Harvard Law School. He also holds a master’s degree with honors from Winston-Salem State University, Cheyney University, Westfield State College, Tougaloo College, and Dillard University. Awards and Recognition Harper has earned seven NAACP Image Awards for his writing and acting. For three years in a row, Harper won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series from 2008–2010 for his portrayal of forensics pathologist Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on CSI: NY. In 2000, he had also been nominated for the award, for his role in City of Angels, a medical drama on CBS.

 

reach presenters - throughout the conference

Monica George-Fields, President and CEO of Reimagine Excellence and Academic Consulting House, LLC (REACH) and was also a Special Education Monitor assigned to East Ramapo School District for Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. Monica brings 32 years of experience as a district-level leader, a turnaround school principal and an educator to the efforts of leading REACH©, LLC and former Senior Fellow of School Innovation for New York State Education Department. As the former Senior Fellow of School Innovation, Monica was the architect of State’s Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness, a school and district review tool used to evaluate the practices of all federally identified schools and districts. She also led the charge to convert the New York State’s required annual School Comprehensive Education Plans to 3-year strategic plans, which resulted in the adoption and implementation of the Strategic Plan for School Excellence for all 700 Focus and Priority Schools.

Dr. Karren Dunkley is a certified coach who specializes in intercultural competency, teacher-effectiveness and leadership coaching. Dr. Dunkley has enjoyed a life of service in education as an urban district leader, principal, teacher and coach. Her vision is to ensure equity, access and excellence for all scholars and their families. Dr. Dunkley currently serves as the principal of Parkway Center City High School in The School District of Philadelphia. During her tenure as principal, she has expanded Advanced Placement course offerings, developed an early college high school program with Arcadia University and increased community partnerships. Dr. Dunkley was recently honored with a Lindback Award for Distinguished Principal Leadership from the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation.

 

Dr. Fidel Montero currently serves as principal of Timpview High School in Provo Utah. Prior to his current experience he served as Chief of Staff at Utah Valley University and principal of Alta High School. He is an author, presenter, and continues to lead school improvement efforts thorough various engagements with K12 and Higher Education. Dr. Montero’s areas of emphasis include comprehensive school reform, systems development, and quantitative analysis.

We recognize Dr. Montero as the 2019 REACH Principal Leader of the Year!

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Dr. Lesli Myers

Brockport Central School District Superintendent Dr. Lesli C. Myers has dedicated her life to the pursuit of high quality education. Dr. Myers received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s degree in counseling and human development, both from the University of Rochester. She continued her educational journey by earning a master’s degree in Urban Educational Administration and her Doctorate of Education in Executive Leadership from Saint John Fisher College.

Dr. Myers has received many prestigious honors that reflect her dedication to education and the community, including the Breakthru Magazine Empowering Award, NYS Women of Distinction Award, Rochester Business Journal 40 Under 40, Saint John Fisher Distinguished Alumni Award, Urban League of Rochester Educator Award and Western New York School Counselors Consortium Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, she was named a 2016 Athena Award finalist.

Being an esteemed writer throughout her tenure in the field of education, Dr. Myers’ work has been published journals, articles and books . She made her debut as a book author in 2018, with the publication of “Life’s Leadership Lessons.” The book is a collection of reflections, stories and experiences that are applicable to all areas of personal and professional leadership.

...AND MANY MORE PRESENTERS!

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I am absolutely returning next year with a team of people. This conference is too important for them to miss.
— 2019 WSR School Leader Participant
 

registration and other attractions

EVENT PARTNER WORLDTEK

Connect with our event partner WorldTEK for assistance with registration and travel you may contact WorldTEK Toll Free Number  800-772-1119. (Please note that there is a $25.00 service fee).

Orlando World Center Marriott is our host hotel

Full Access Registration with lodging

Full Access Package is for those wanting the full conference experience, including lodging.  This package includes:

  • Pre-conference dinner seminar (2/14/20)

  • All General Sessions and Call-to-Action Luncheon with keynotes and panelists

  • Full access to all 3-day conference session (2/15-17/20)

  • Participation in the Evening of Fun (2/15/20)

  • Invite to Awards Dinner (2/16/20)

  • Full Access Electronic Action Plan Book

  • Special REACH(c) WSR Conference bag

  • Lodging for 3 nights at venue hotel (2/14-17/2018)

Single Occupancy:  Prior to 11/2/19 - $2,075 (per person) | After 11/1/19 - $2,125

Double Occupancy: $1,762.50 (per person) | $1,812.50

Superintendent Single Occupancy: Prior to 11/2/19 - $1500 | After 11/1/19 - $1550

 

Full Access Registration without Lodging

Full Access Package with no lodging is for those wanting the full conference experience without hotel accommodations.  This package includes:

  • Pre-conference dinner seminar (2/14/20)

  • All General Sessions and Call-to-Action Luncheon with keynotes and panelists

  • Full access to all 3-day conference session (2/15-17/19)

  • Invite to Awards Dinner (2/16/19)

  • Full Access Action Plan Book

  • Special REACH(c) WSR Conference bag

Cost:  Prior to 11/2/19 - $1,450 (per person)  | After 11/1/19 - $1500

Superintendent Cost: Prior to 11/2/19 - $725 (per person)  | After 11/1/19 - $750

Regular Access

Regular Access Package is for those wanting to participate in the 3-day conference sessions and no special events.  This package includes:

  • All General Sessions and Call-to-Action Luncheon with keynotes and panelists

  • Full access to all 3-day conference session (2/15-17/20)

  • Full Access Action Plan Book

Cost:  Prior to 11/2/19 - $1,300 (per person)  | After 11/1/19 - $1350

 

CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE ENTIRE CONFEREnCE, CONSIDER JOINING US FOR SPECIFIC DAYS OR EVENTS

One-Day Access or Special Events

Daily Access is for those wanting to participate in only one of following conference sessions:

  • Full access to one-day of pre-selected sessions including the General Session or Call-to-Action Luncheon with keynotes and panelists: Cost Prior to 11/2/19 - $450 } After 11/1/19 - $500

  • Pre-Conference Dinner Round Table:  Cost Prior to 11/2/19 - $150 } After 11/1/19 - $175

  • Awards Dinner: Cost Prior to 11/2/19 - $150 } After 11/1/19 - $175

please note that due to the day-long learning schedule on sunday, february 16, 2020, lunch will be scheduled for only one hour. therefore, we strongly encourage participants to opt for the pre-purchased lunch for an additional $50, to avoid long wait time in restaurants. you can select it in the drop-down menu when registering.

 

other orlando attractions

Extend Your Stay In Sunny Orlando, FL

Take advantage of the pre-arranged hotel discount and enjoy your time in Orlando, by extending your stay:

  • Use the discounted hotel price for 3-days immediately preceding the conference;

  • Use the discounted price for up to 3-days immediately following the conference;

  • Take advantage of the discounted excursion tickets. See all of the admission opportunities for both Disney and Universal Studios;

  • Enhanced in-room wireless internet for up to 6 devices;

  • Unlimited local and domestic long-distance calls;

  • Bottled Water (two 10oz bottles) replenished once daily with housekeeping service;

  • Daily scheduled shuttle service to Disney Parks for up to 4 guests per room;

  • Nightly scheduled shuttle service to Disney Springs for up to 4 guests per room;

  • Daily credit for up to 2 pieces of clothing per room towards dry cleaning (credit is not cumulative through stay);

  • Daily bucket of practice balls at the driving range;

  • 15% discount on retail pricing for spa services (excludes merchandise); and

  • 15% discount off retail rates for green fee rate.

Join Us for Our End of Conference Excursion and Fun

Jump on board of the air-conditioned charter bus and head out to a fun evening at Universal Studios with other conference participants. The $150 fee includes:

  • A snack for the bus trip;

  • A t-shirt that identifies your group affiliation;

  • One-day/Two-Park admission ticket to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure; and

  • Unlimited fun with your fellow conference participants.

    All participants planning to join this end-of-conference excursion should not plan to leave Orlando on Monday, as the pre-arranged bus transportation is scheduled to be round-trip to and from the hotel.

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combine your conference experience with a family vacation

Register your child to participate in the exclusive 2020 Whole School Reform Kids Camp during the entire conference. The certified activities department has created a tentative activities program that can be found here. Participants will receive:

  • Child care Friday, 2/14 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (pre-conference session), Saturday, 2/15 from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday 2/16 from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Awards Dinner), Monday, 2/17 from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm;

  • Children will be divided into two groups from ages 6-8 and 9-12;

  • All activities will take place on the hotel premises;

  • Exotic animals pet zoo will visit the hotel and children will have the opportunity to interact with the animals;

  • Registration for the camp must be for the full 3 days, as partial participation is not available;

  • A 2020 WSR Kids Camp water bottle, bag, and t-shirt;

  • Breakfast, lunch, and snack must be paid for separately and selected by January 31, 2020. Retrieve the menu here; and

  • The cost is $300 for the first and second child and $275 for every child thereafter (to be eligible for the discount, the children must be registered for the same room as other children).

 

Fun In the Sun Admission Discounts:

Universal Studios Costs:

  • One Day/One Park Convention After 2:00PM Ticket One half day’s unlimited admission after 2:00PM to Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure Per Person $76.00 per person, plus 6.5% sales tax

  • One Day/Two Park Convention After 2:00PM Ticket One half day’s unlimited admission after 2:00PM to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure Per Person $115.00 per person, plus 6.5% sales tax

  • One Day/Two Park Ticket One full day’s unlimited admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure Per Person $184.00 per person, plus 6.5% sales tax

  • Two Day/Two Park Admission Ticket Plus CityWalk for 7 Consecutive Days Two Days admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure plus a bonus of a Universal CityWalk Party Pass for up to seven (7) consecutive days beginning on the first day any portion of the ticket is used. Per Person $287.98 per person, plus 6.5% sales tax

Disney Studios Costs:

  • One Day/One Park Ticket | One day’s admission to Magic Kingdom | Per Person $129.00 per person, plus 6.5% sales tax

  • One Day/One Park Ticket | One day’s admission to Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios OR Disney’s Animal Kingdom | Per Person $122.00 per person, plus 6.5% sales tax

  • One Day/One Park Convention After 5:00PM Ticket | One half day’s unlimited admission after 5:00PM to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios OR Disney’s Animal Kingdom | Per Person $66.00 per person, plus 6.5% sales tax

  • One Day/One Park Convention After 1:00PM Ticket | One half day’s unlimited admission after 1:00PM to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios OR Disney’s Animal Kingdom | Per Person $94.00 per person, plus 6.5% sales tax

  • Two Day Convention Base or Park Hopper Ticket | Two full days’ unlimited admission to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom with one Fun Visit (Base ticket is one park per day or hopper ticket is multiple parks per day) | Base Adult (age 10 and older) $209.00 per adult, plus 6.5% sales tax

  • Park Hopper Adult (age 10 and older) $262.00 per adult, plus 6.5% sales tax

 

HOTEL AND TRAVEL

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HOTEL                                                

conference hotel

Place:  Orlando World Center Marriott

Address:  8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, Florida 32821                                     

Phone: 407-239-4200                                                                                                 

REACH(C) WSR GUEST ROOM RATE (the special rate may be used for up to 3-days prior and 3-days following the conference - based on availability)

Start Date   End Date      Room Type                             Single/Double

2/14/20    02/17/20       Standard Guest Room              *$258.34

*The rate includes the daily resort fee (currently $30.00 per room per night plus applicable state and local applicable taxes).  

 HOTEL FEATURES

  • Enhanced in-room wireless internet for up to 6 devices

  • Unlimited local and domestic long-distance calls

  • Bottled Water (two 10oz bottles) replenished once daily with housekeeping service

  • Daily scheduled shuttle service to Disney Parks for up to 4 guests per room

  • Nightly scheduled shuttle service to Disney Springs for up to 4 guests per room

  • Daily credit for up to 2 pieces of clothing per room towards dry cleaning (credit is not cumulative through stay)

  • Daily bucket of practice balls at the driving range

  • 15% discount on retail pricing for spa services (excludes merchandise)

  • 15% discount off retail rates for green fee rates

*THIS SPECIAL OFFER IS PRESENTED BY orlando world center marriott AND MAY CHANGE BASED ON THE HOTEL'S REASSESSMENT OF THE HOTEL'S RATE AND OVERALL AVAILABILITY.

 

 TRAVEL

flying to orlando? use our conference discount code! | DELTA AIRLINES MEETING CODE: NMT9H

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PARKING/TRANSPORTATION:

  • Orlando Int’l Airport– 17.8 miles / 22 mins. away

  • Discount of 50% on self-parking rates at Orlando World Center Marriott

All REACH(c) WSR participants may arrange their travel arrangements via WorldTEK or independently.  The closest airport to the conference venue is Orlando International Airport.  Participants are encouraged to make arrangements early to secure the best pricing available.  

If you would like to have WorldTek arrange your travel for a $35.00 per person fee, call: WorldTEK Toll Free Number 800-772-1119. Our Delta Meeting Event Code  is: NMT9H.

 
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*Register five participants and get the sixth person at a 50% registration fee discount.

 

learn about our conference-long interactive

action planning room                    

During the 2020 Whole School Reform Conference, participants will have access to a dedicated action planning room where they can gather, talk, and create action plans for immediate implementation upon returning to their schools and districts. Participating schools and districts will be assigned dedicated wall space in the interactive action planning room where they can post their chart papers of action plan outlines, return to add notes and updates, and have access to other’s action planning thoughts throughout the conference. This process will begin during the pre-conference session. Instead of leaving the conference with little pieces of paper and numerous notes about what you plan to discuss when you leave the conference, you now have a space to visit throughout the conference to memorialize your thinking in real time and avoiding forgetting nuanced details that you want to include in your new work at your school or district.

Register for the pre-conference session and start your improvement planning on February 14, 2020 7:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. with a plated dinner and a facilitated action planning.

 
 

3-Day sessions that Address The Needs of Specific Constituent Groups of Participants

District Learning Track

  • District leader round table

  • District level action planning

  • ...and much more

School Leader Learning Track

  • School leader round table

  • Resetting the needle on generational schools

  • ...and much more

Teacher and Instructional Coach Learning Track

  • Teacher and coach round table

  • Creating culturally responsive classrooms

  • ...and much more

Student and Family Support Learning Track

  • Support team round table

  • Identifying strategies for creating intellectually safe classrooms

  • ...and much more

Parent Liaisons and Associations

  • Parent liaise and association members round table

  • Connecting Family and Community Engagement Strategies to Closing the Achievement Gap

  • ...and much more

Community-Based Organizations

  • CBO round table

  • Community partnerships that support districts and schools with addressing students’ needs

  • ...and much more

 

awards dinner and nominees

Every year, REACH Educational Solutions recognizes leaders in various roles in education aligned to our focus topic. This year, we will be honoring educators and others who have successfully worked to close the achievement gap in their class, school, and districts. During the Awards Dinner, we bestow awards to superintendents, district staff members, principals, teachers, and, this year, a student. Since we are continuing our work focused on the achievement gap, we will continue to use the following criteria to identify eligible recipients:

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, 2019. The winners will be announced by October 15, 2019.  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.  All winners must be registered to attend the conference by November 15, 2019, to be confirmed as a winner of their category.

 

awardees for the 2020 whole school reform conference: 65 years post brown v. board of education: where are we with closing the achievement gap?

Superintendent Barbara M. Jenkins, Ed.D

Dr. Barbara Jenkins has been dedicated to serving the needs of students for 30 years. She was named superintendent for Orange County Public Schools in 2012.

Under Dr. Jenkins' leadership, the district won the prestigious 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education. The prize earned half-a-million dollars for student scholarships from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. The district also received the Governor’s Sterling Award in 2014 and 2015 and the Sustained Excellence Award in 2017 for its exemplary performance using research-based best practices in its business.

In 2016, OCPS received District Accreditation from AdvancED for its best practices in the education field. OCPS has repeatedly been recognized by the College Board for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work, while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the number of students earning exam scores for college credit. 

 

PRINCIPAL LEADER: Awaiting nomination and approval - This could be you

TEACHER LEADER: Awaiting nomination and approval - This could be you

STUDENT SUPPORT TEAM LEADER: Awaiting nomination and approval - This could be you

DISTRICT LEADER: Awaiting nomination and approval - This could be you

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Click the link to nominate a candidate online or use the QR Code to complete the form on your phone.

 

90-Minute Seminar Shorts

Day 1 - panelist sessions

Spend 90-minutes with a panelist in a moderated discussion focused on a concentrated topic that connections to improving student achievement.  Also, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a strategy or best practices presentation.

TOPIC TRAIL

TOPIC TRAIL

Day 1 - The practitioner's voice

Join practitioners who moderated the panelist session for a seminar on applying the theory discussed earlier in the day to practice in the school and district. This theory-to-practice approach will lead to increased opportunities to effectively implement new strategies learned during the conference.

 
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*To take advantage of the sixth person's registration at 50% discount, five participants must register at the same time. The sixth person to attend the conference, must email meetings@worldtek.com for their registration code.  Please note, this offer does not cover travel and lodging.

**Registration fees are 100% refundable prior to October 31, 2019. Any registration cancellations between November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019 are 50% refundable, regardless of cause. No registration fees will be granted after December 31, 2019. Hotel fees and refunds align to the hotel’s policies.