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2016 ASCD Annual Conference Invited Speakers

SATURDAY, APRIL 2

Baruti Kafele
Baruti Kafele

Critical Leadership Questions for Inspiring Schoolwide Excellence

Cawelti Leadership Lecture
8:00–9:30 a.m.

Baruti Kafele will make the case that the importance of building a learning environment that inspires schoolwide excellence can never be overstated, particularly in lower-performing schools. He will challenge school leaders to look within themselves through reflective questions about their leadership practices, particularly how they inspire energy, excitement, and enthusiasm for learning throughout their buildings daily. In his inimitable style, Kafele will lay out the touchstones for maintaining strong leadership habits, inspiring excellence and collaboration in others, and engaging an entire school community in striving to be the best.

LaKeshia L. Neal

LaKeshia L. Neal

How Does ESSA Affect Your Assessment and Analytics Approach?

Presented by Scantron
8:00–9:30 a.m.

Congress recently authorized the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, reauthorizing ESEA. The bill contains significant changes and allowances that spell big changes for the way schools and districts approach measurement and improvement. Join this session to learn how Scantron’s customers are gearing up to use robust assessment and analytics solutions in this new educational world.

Manny Scott

Manny Scott

The Power of One

Opening General Session
Sponsored by SAFARI Montage
10:00–11:45 a.m.

Manny Scott shares his against-the-odds story and several eye-opening insights of how, through hard work and with the help of others, he went from being an "unreachable" and "unteachable" high school dropout to becoming a successful student, husband, father, entrepreneur, pilot, and public servant. His session will leave listeners not only awed and inspired, but also moved toward change, so that people everywhere can flourish.

Steven Anderson

Steven Anderson

Why Digital Leadership Matters

Keynote Luncheon
12:00–1:30 p.m.

Digital leadership is more than just sending an e-mail or creating a PowerPoint presentation. Digital leaders have to understand myriad complex learning objectives along with a seemingly endless supply of apps, programs, and devices. This might be an exciting time to be a leader, but it can also be daunting. Join the presenter for a conversation about digital leadership: what it means; how it can be done easily and simply; and, most important, why it matters.

Register for the keynote luncheon.

Alex Sheen

Alex Sheen

Because I Said I Would:The Importance of Promises Made and Kept

Special Feature
1:00–2:30 p.m.

We live in a society that often does not respect the importance of a promise. We have become numb to disappointment and broken commitments, and this expectation is affecting the character of today's youth. Alex Sheen believes that all individuals have the strength to become people of their word. In this session, he will share insight and actionable steps on how to become better at fulfilling commitments and inspire others to become more accountable to their promises through compelling, real-life examples from the "because I said I would" movement.

Jesus Jara

Jesus Jara

Rob Bixler

Rob Bixler

Maurice Draggon

Maurice Draggon

LaunchED: Orange County Public Schools' Journey to 1:1

Presented by SAFARI Montage

1:00–2:30 p.m.

Join presenters Jesus Jara, Rob Bixler, and Maurice Draggon—experts in education, digital learning, and instructional management systems—to learn about Florida’s Orange County Public Schools' (OCPS) journey to a 1:1 digital curriculum. Discover how the district’s educators are effectively combining materials from education publishers with resources created by OCPS staff and OERs to create digital lessons while providing flexibility to support personalized instruction. Hear about the challenges they’ve encountered and their next steps toward achieving personalized learning.

Pedro Noguera

Pedro Noguera

Alan Blankstein

Alan Blankstein

Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student

Second General Session
3:00–4:30 p.m.

Educators know that the journey to equity can involve uncertainty and controversy. 

In this dynamic keynote address, educational leaders Pedro Noguera and Alan M. Blankstein will inspire you to meet these challenges by providing examples of high-leverage practices used by award-winning schools, scholars, and practitioners to achieve equity and close achievement gaps.

SUNDAY, APRIL 3

Tim Clark

Tim Clark

The Building Blocks for Personalized Learning

Presented by Safari Montage
8:00–9:30 a.m.

Educators around the country are exploring personalized learning to connect students with engaging academic content; facilitate digital-age skills; and use technology to provide access to anytime, anywhere learning opportunities. To be successful, they must also consider each student’s unique strengths, needs, and interests within the design of instruction. In this session, discover how to construct an environment that achieves all of the above benefits with the building blocks for personalized learning.

Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck

The Journey to a Growth Mindset

Third General Session
10:00–11:45 a.m.

In this session, Carol Dweck will begin by showing the effect of fixed and growth mindsets on students’ motivation and achievement. She will then present new research on why educators are not always effective in communicating a growth mindset to students. Participants will learn how they can be more effective growth-mindset communicators in the future.

Shanna Peeples

Shanna Peeples

The Limitations Are the Lesson: Using Adversity to Our Advantage

Fourth General Session
1:00–2:30 p.m.

From Marcus Aurelius to Kelly Clarkson, we’ve learned that adversity makes us stronger. But how do we hold on to best practices under the pressure to standardize, formularize, and anesthetize? A look at some of history’s most resilient people highlights three signposts to help us navigate rough waters: attitude, aim, and action.

Todd Whitaker

Todd Whitaker

Get Every Teacher to Be Like the Best Teacher

The Carter Series on Educational Leadership
3:00–4:30 p.m.

In all schools, the best teachers are truly amazing. Their ability to reach each student and have a positive attitude every day is incredible. Yet, there are others who are not nearly as influential. The gap between the most and least effective teachers is a cavern, not a sliver. If all teachers were like their most effective colleagues, the improvement in education would be dramatic. This session will help everyone lead all teachers to be like the most effective ones. The solution to school improvement is already in every school. We just have to replicate it.

Shaifali Puri

Shaifali Puri

Leadership in Uncertain Times

Special Feature
3:00–4:30 p.m.

Solving major leadership challenges can't happen overnight. In this session, Shaifali Puri will share how using counterintuitive thinking and long-term planning to create actionable models can help identify, isolate, and solve the most complicated challenges around the globe—and how any company or organization can apply these principles.

Justin Karkow

Justin Karkow

The Digital Difference: PD Is the Key

Presented by Discovery Education
3:00–4:30 p.m.

Digital transformation doesn't happen accidentally. There are many variables that affect a successful culture change, but placing teachers and their needs at the top of the list is crucial. We'll explore how Discovery Education, in partnership with educators around the world, have overcome some of the most challenging barriers to transformation, respectfully and intentionally empowering teachers—one engaged classroom at a time.

Mike Schmoker

Mike Schmoker

Leading with Focus: How Leaders Can Accomplish More by Doing Less

Closing General Session
5:00–6:30 p.m.

In this session, participants will learn precisely where to focus their precious time, effort, and resources to ensure that all students are prepared for the 21st century demands of college, careers, and citizenship. They will learn about the three most essential elements of good schooling—coherent curriculum, authentic literacy, and soundly structured lessons—and how to successfully implement them on a very clear, straightforward model.

Participants will leave this session understanding the importance of these elements and how to apply them in ways that will yield immediate and significant results.

MONDAY, APRIL 4

Jon Bergmann

Jon Bergmann

Aaron Sams

Aaron Sams

Flip This, Flip That

Education Spotlight
8:00–9:30 a.m.

Join flipped learning pioneers Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams for an interactive look at what flipped learning looks like as it is implemented in various subject areas and grade levels. 

Learn where flipped learning overlaps with other teaching and learning strategies such as inquiry, project-based learning, universal design learning, and mastery.

William Parrett

William Parrett

Kathleen Budge

Kathleen Budge

Disrupting Poverty: Creating a Poverty-Literate Culture for Student Success

Standby Speakers/Special Feature
8:00–9:30 a.m.

William Parrett and Kathleen Budge are the standby speakers; they fulfill the important role during the conference of filling in if any of the general session speakers are unable to make their engagements.

You can also see them at their Monday session, "Disrupting Poverty: Creating a Poverty-Literate Culture for Student Success."

Experienced educators have witnessed the increase of students who live in poverty and seen their jobs become more challenging as a result. We can learn from educators, some of whom themselves grew up in poverty, who have helped students living in poverty succeed despite the odds. In this research-based session, the authors of the award-winning ASCD book Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools will share a framework for collaborative action. Participants will learn practical strategies and concrete examples of how to implement them in schools and classrooms to disrupt poverty’s adverse effects on learning.

 

2016 SPONSORS

Lead Sponsor

  • Microsoft
  • SAFARI Montage

Sponsoring Partner

  • Scantron
  • OverDrive

Platinum Sponsors

  • Corwin
  • Follett Learning
  • Learning Sciences International

Gold Sponsor

  • Discovery Education

Silver Sponsor

  • Common Sense Education
  • Marco
  • TIAA

Featured Sponsor

  • Second Step
  • SmartBrief

Supporting Sponsor

  • Lockton
  • Observer Tab
  • Principal
  • Rickard Squared