Thought Leaders

Thought Leaders 2017-07-20T15:45:41+00:00

Thursday, February 15

9 – 10am

Presented by Wallace

9 – 10am
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Richard Rothstein
Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute
Berkeley, CA

School segregation is a serious barrier to narrowing the achievement gap, and today, schools remain segregated primarily because they are located in segregated neighborhoods. We do little to address residential segregation because we hold a false belief that neighborhoods were segregated “de facto” by private prejudice, personal choices, and discriminatory private actors. But, as this presentation will show, neighborhoods have been segregated by racially conscious explicit government policy that was openly designed to impose racial segregation on every metropolitan area, and the policies were so powerful that their effects endure and continue to define racial living patterns. Only by familiarizing ourselves with this history of state-sponsored residential segregation can we begin to consider how to fashion remedies.

Richard Rothstein

10:15 – 11:15am
Leading Bold Moves: From Old-School to Contemporary Learning Environment

Heidi Hayes Jacobs
President, Curriculum Designers
Rye, NY

How can we prepare our learners for the future? How can leaders inspire, transform and create innovation in a school setting? What are the possibilities for modern curriculum and assessment design? How can we shed antiquated old school programs and create refreshed remarkable learning environments? We will investigate expanding the array of scheduling options, virtual and on-site programs, the rethinking of existing learning spaces, the possibilities for future architectural choices, new furniture options, the ways you can group your learners for maximum benefit, strategies for grouping personnel beyond the silos of departments and grade levels, and developing global networks as partners. Steps for establishing innovation design teams in your setting to include teacher, community, students, administrators, and thought leaders in order to generate a long term strategic plan will be a session outcome. Heidi will provide riveting examples of dynamic learning opportunities for the modern learner from across the country and internationally. Transforming old-school into responsive contemporary learning environment is at the heart of what promises to be an exciting session.

10:15 – 11:15am
You Are Not Alone

Meredith O’Connor
Radio Hit Songstress and United Nations Celebrity Youth Leader
Huntington, NY

Meredith O’Connor’s anti-bullying presentation has been deemed the most effective and influential assembly by administrators all over the world. Meredith’s radio hit songs are loved by millions, and this presentation includes one of her hits with an anti-bullying message (which has been featured on Teen Nick and which many students know and sing along to). Meredith’s young age and star power engage students, leaving an impact on them that will last throughout their life. The presentation focuses on Meredith’s story before her music took off and also why it is important to respond to bullying the correct way. She uses real-life examples to show students why being an “upstander” rather than a bystander changes lives.

Meredith O’Connor

12:45 – 1:45pm
Children’s Programs

12:45 – 1:45pm
Collaborative Leadership: 6 Influences That Matter Most

Peter DeWitt
Author, Independent Consultant
Albany, NY

In order to really put a focus on learning, we need to encourage student voice and maximize the self-efficacy of teachers. “Collaborative Leadership: 6 Influences That Matter Most” focuses on how leaders can use six of John Hattie’s high-effect influences on learning to foster growth in their teachers and put the focus on learning for students.

Peter DeWitt

Friday, February 16

12:30 – 1:30pm

Presented by Wallace

12:30 – 1:30pm
Innovative Practices in the Nation’s Most Rapidly Improving Schools

Bill Daggett
Founder and Chairman, International Center for Leadership in Education
Rexford, NY

The nation’s most rapidly improving schools have been successful at moving innovation from a trendy thing to talk about and experiment with to a concept that directly and dramatically improves student performance. Based upon his ongoing study of these schools, Dr. Daggett will describe how these schools have used comprehensive classroom-to-boardroom approaches that have nurtured and tied these practices together via a system of effective instruction, rather than a series of random acts of innovation.

Bill Daggett

2:45 – 3:45pm
Iteration and Innovation in Education

Jaime Casap
Education Evangelist, Google
Phoenix, AZ

As the world gets more connected, it also gets more complex. We now operate on a global scale, and our job in education is to help learners develop the knowledge, skills and abilities they will need to thrive in this new environment. We are preparing them to solve global problems we haven’t defined yet, using technology that hasn’t been invented, in roles that do not exist. To thrive in this new era, learners need to know how to learn, problem solve, iterate, create, collaborate, communicate and think critically. What we need more than anything in education is a culture of innovation and iteration in order to build new learning models supported and enabled by technology to foster student-focused learning.

Jaime Casap

2:45 – 3:45pm

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