Pre-Conference Dinner Seminars

We have arranged or three enticing dinner seminars to take place as pre-conference sessions on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm.  Join the presenter for dinner and a honest conversation about a topic that will surely peek your interest and begin your conference experience with provocative exchange of ideas about the state of our public schools. 

Dr. Bernard Gassaway, Ed.D

Dr. Bernard Gassaway, Ed.D

strategies for managing school leadership and the pressure of school turnaround

Join Dr. Bernard Gassaway, Ed.D for dinner and a discourse around the work school leaders are faced with in order to meet the challenges that accompany leading a struggling school.  Though this work is not easy, it can be managed and successfully completed.  As school leaders and teachers face this challenge on a daily-basis from both state and federal identifications, it is conversations with leaders who successfully navigated the task, that gives everyone hope. 

Dr. Monica George-Fields, Ed.D

Dr. Monica George-Fields, Ed.D

the tension between formal and informal social contracts in school communities

Join Dr. Monica George-Fields, Ed.D for dinner and a conversation about what it means to truly create student supports systems that recognize and effectively responds to students', living in poverty, needs.  This conversation will shed light on the gap between formal and informal social contracts that cause students and families to struggle with schools' expectations and goals. 

Dr. Karren Dunkley, Ed.D

Dr. Karren Dunkley, Ed.D

the great debate: when staff and students don't look, think, or speak alike.

This topic is a reality in many inner-city schools and has become a great undiscussable in many schools and districts.  Dr. Karren Dunkley, Ed.D will lead a discussion about the realities of school communities where staff and students have different ethnicities, social experiences, and economic standings.  The care that needs to be aligned to bridging differences with the similarities of established goals is crucial to attaining school success.