Become A Presenter or Nominate An Educator Who Has Been Instrumental With Closing The Achievement Gap
Nominate A Deserving Educator
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, 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.
Become A Presenter
There are a limited number of presentation opportunities for practitioners to present their best practices aligned to coaching. Presenter applicants may select either 90-minutes, 2-hours, or day-long presentation time slots. Proposals must correspond to the 2020 REACH(c) Whole School Reform: 65 Years Post Brown V. Board of Education: Where Are We With Closing The Achievement Gap?
REACH(c) conference organizers are looking for presentations aligned to the following topics:
Examining the achievement gap between female and male students;
Examining the achievement gap between English language learners and their peers;
Teaching high school counselors to work with school staff members to help students develop resilience and fortitude so that they are successful in their post-secondary experiences;
Developing strong family-school partnerships;
Examining the achievement gap between students with disabilities; and
Any other topic that aligns to the conference.
Submission and Due Dates
The deadline for submission is September 30, 2019, click here to submit your proposal. You may also use the following QR code to complete the presenter’s proposal:
If you are applying to become a presenter, do not pay for your registration 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, 2019. 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, 2019.
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, 2019. REACH will inform presenters of the number of participants by February 7, 2020.
Presenter's SELECTION PROCESS
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.
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.
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.
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 Marriott World Center Hotel. Contact Alex Jeannite at firstname.lastname@example.org 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, 2019. 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.