Featured Sessions

Keynotes

Thursday, February 18

All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST)

11am – 12:30pm

Supporting the Whole Child in a Whole New World

Daniel Domenech
Moderator:
Daniel Domenech
Priscilla Chan
Opening Keynote:
Priscilla Chan

We all know that one great teacher can change a child’s life. While the last year has completely upended education in America, it has also underlined something we already knew:  teachers need much better tools and more support to forge deeper connections with their students. From video journals that make it easier for teachers to help students reflect and grow, to online resources designed to help build resilience or manage stress, technology’s role is evolving through collaboration and iteration between educators, learning scientists, and technologists. In this session, Dr. Priscilla Chan, co-founder and co-CEO of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), will discuss CZI’s work to bring educators, researchers, and technology experts together — translating the best learning science and development research into practice — to meet the needs of the whole child.

Friday, February 19

All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST)

10 – 11am

Opening Keynote

George Couros
Opening Keynote:
George Couros

Although teaching face-to-face is different than in a remote or a hybrid learning situation, the core values of what is important should stay the same no matter the environment.  How do we ensure that we support our educators, communities, and students while we are all feeling overwhelmed? How do we embrace the “Innovator's Mindset” when innovation is no longer optional, but necessary for all learners?

In this keynote, George Couros will focus on the “Core of Innovative Teaching and Learning” and provide examples of how we can create a “new and better normal” in education even when facing uncertainty, with a presentation that will make you “laugh, cry, and think” while providing practical ideas you can use within your school community.

3:45 – 4:45pm

Closing Keynote

Closing Keynote Speaker

Session Description

Featured Sessions

Thursday, February 18

All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST)

12:30 – 1:15pm

Discussion Between AASA’s and NSBA’s Executive Directors & Presidents

Anna Maria Chávez
Anna Maria Chávez
Daniel Domenech
Dan Domenech
Charlie Wilson
Charlie Wilson
Kristi Wilson
Kristi Wilson

Come hear an informative discussion between the AASA and NSBA executive directors and Presidents who agree that an effective superintendent/school board management team is essential to a school system’s success and learn how the two organizations work together to accomplish common goals.

12:30 – 1:15pm

Reaching for the Stars: Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders and Explorers in Unprecedented Times

Andy Aldrin
Moderator:
Andy Aldrin
Barbara Morgan
Barbara R. Morgan
Leroy Chiao
Leroy Chiao
Robert Curbeam Jr
Robert L. Curbeam, Jr.

During this panel discussion, the panelists will share how we are currently preparing future generations to become the leaders and space explorers of tomorrow, what that means, and why we must inspire students to dream, learn and go for it! The panelists will also discuss how education played a role in their decision to apply for the Astronaut Corps and what historic milestone(s) and who inspired them.

1:20 – 2:05pm

What the Growing Demand and Expanding Research on SEL Means for District Leaders

Melissa Schlinger
Moderator:
Melissa Schlinger
Claudia DeMegret
Claudia DeMegret
Timothy Shriver
Timothy Shriver

The research and practice of social and emotional learning (SEL) has expanded over the last couple decades, informing enhanced definitions and an updated framework for SEL, along with new learnings about how SEL can promote equitable outcomes and be applied across all of the environments where students live and learn. Now, more than ever, school districts are being called upon to attend to SEL for both students and adults. Join Tim Shriver, board chairman of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL); Melissa Schlinger, CASEL vice president of practice and programs; and Claudia DeMegret, senior program officer for the Wallace Foundation, as they discuss how district leaders can apply the latest SEL research and learning across schools and out-of-school time.

National Institute on Race and Equity

Bryant Marks
Bryant Marks

Session Description

1:20 – 2:55pm

Navigating Leadership Under the Microscope: Black Women Superintendents Share Personal Perspectives on Race, Gender and Leadership

Sharon Contreras
Sharon Contreras
Wanda Cook-Robinson
Wanda Cook-Robinson
Monica Goldson
Monica Goldson
Carol Kelley
Carol Kelley
Janice Jackson
Janice Jackson
Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell
Kyla Johnson-Trammell
Dr. Ann Levett
Ann Levett

Outstanding in their profession, these superintendents have broken glass ceilings to, in many cases, be the first woman, the first Black woman or the first educator of color to serve as superintendent in their district. Four of these superintendents are home-grown, leading school districts they attended as students. Fierce advocates for children, these dreamkeepers have had to carve a path to the superintendency, often without a roadmap, and continue to navigate challenges that are unique to them as Black women leaders. These superintendents are compelled by their own journeys to mentor other women and people of color and to boldly address inequities in education within their districts, within the superintendent pipeline and more. You are invited to be a fly on the wall in this intimate conversation as these leaders pose questions to one another that reveal their individual and unique stories, challenges and perspectives.

3 – 3:45pm

Trauma Informed Learning and Leading

Ray McNulty
Raymond J. McNulty

Since mid-March 2020, our daily routines have been ruled by a public health crisis unlike anything most of us have seen. We feel frustrated, annoyed, overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. The normality in education has been shattered. Yes, COVID-19 has been the catalyst for the process, but the changes both inside and outside of education have been constant for over the last 20 years. We are not powerless in this challenge; we must be the ones to act. In this session Ray McNulty will share strategies and practices helpful to the challenges leaders, educators and students are facing.

3:50 – 4:35pm

Beyond COVID-19: The Academic and SEL Needs of Our Students

Bill Daggett
Bill Daggett

The COVID-19 interruption brought unparalleled challenges to every school district in the country. Using the lessons we have learned from those experiences, coupled with the dramatic changes in the workplace, home and society, Dr. Daggett will focus attention on what now needs to be done for the 2021/22 school year and beyond to prepare our students and our schools for future success — a future that will be dramatically different than the past in terms of what, how, when and where students will learn, interact and work.

Friday, February 19

All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST)

11 – 11:45am

Jessica Rosenworcel

Jessica Rosenworcel

Session Description

11:50am – 12:35pm

Schooling for Resilience: A Holistic Approach to Student Success

Pedro Noguera
Pedro A. Noguera

In recent years, as policymakers and educators have sought to find new ways to improve student outcomes, there has been a call for greater focus on addressing social and emotional needs. Additionally, the disruptions created by the pandemic have significantly exacerbated pre-existing disparities and brought greater awareness to the wide range of needs among our most vulnerable children. Too often, past reform efforts have focused narrowly on achievement while ignoring the psychological, emotional and social challenges confronting many children. It is now clear that in order for more students and schools to make greater academic progress, social and emotional needs cannot be ignored. This presentation will present research and describe strategies that have been utilized at schools that have been successful in countering the risks facing students and in motivating them to excel academically. We will show that it is possible to do both, and make the case that it is possible to create schools that are more supportive, more equitable and more engaging when they reopen after the pandemic subsides.

12:40 – 1:25pm

Social Emotional Learning During a Pandemic: From Theory to Practice to Systemic Change

Marc A. Brackett

Session Description

Daniel Domenech

Daniel Domenech

Executive Director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, Alexandria, VA
Priscilla Chan

Priscilla Chan

Opening Keynote Speaker, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Priscilla Chan is co-founder and co-CEO of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. As a pediatrician and teacher, Priscilla’s work with patients and students in communities across the Bay Area has informed her desire to make learning more personalized, find new paths to manage and cure disease, and expand opportunity for more people. She is also the founder of The Primary School, which integrates health and education and serves children and families in East Palo Alto and the Belle Haven neighborhood in Menlo Park, California. Priscilla earned her BA in Biology at Harvard University and her MD at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She completed her pediatrics training in the UCSF/PLUS Pediatrics Residency.

George Couros

George Couros

Opening Keynote Speaker, Couros Innovations LTD, Edmonton AB

George Couros is a worldwide leader in the area of innovation and has a focus on innovation as a human endeavor. His belief that meaningful change happens when you first connect to people’s hearts, is modeled in his writing and speaking. He has worked with all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and is the author of the books The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity and his latest book, Innovate Inside the Box.

Anna Maria Chávez

Anna Maria Chávez

Executive Director, NSBA, Alexandria, VA
Charlie Wilson

Charlie Wilson

President, NSBA, Worthington, OH

Kristi Wilson

President, AASA, Buckeye, AZ
Andy Aldrin

Andy Aldrin

President, Aldrin Family Foundation
Barbara Morgan

Barbara R. Morgan

Astronaut and Educator, NASA
Leroy Chiao

Dr. Leroy Chiao

Astronaut and Co-Founder and CEO, OneOrbit
Robert Curbeam Jr

Robert L. Curbeam, Jr.

Captain, USN, RET, Astronaut
Melissa Schlinger

Dr. Melissa Schlinger

Vice President, Collaborative for Social Emotional Academic Learning (CASEL), Chicago, IL

Melissa Schlinger leads CASEL’s efforts to advance systemic implementation of evidence-based social and emotional learning in school districts across the nation. She oversees CASEL’s Collaborating Districts Initiative (CDI), which has grown under her leadership from eight to eighteen large urban districts implementing systemic SEL. She also oversees the development of school and district resources based on CDI learnings, as well as CASEL support services.

Claudia DeMegret

Claudia DeMegret

Senior Program Officer in Learning & Enrichment, Wallace Foundation, New York, NY

As a senior program officer in the Learning and Enrichment unit at The Wallace Foundation, Claudia DeMegret oversees grants primarily in the areas of expanded and summer learning opportunities and strengthening financial management systems for afterschool providers.

Timothy Shriver

Tim Shriver

Chairman, Special Olympics International, Washington, DC
Timothy Shriver, Ph.D is an American disability rights activist, film producer, and former educator who has been Chairman of the Board of Special Olympics since 1996. Timothy Shriver leads the Special Olympics International Board of Directors, and together with over 5 million Special Olympics athletes in more than 190 countries, promotes health, education, and a more unified world through the joy of sport. Shriver joined Special Olympics in 1996. He has been a leading educator who focuses on the social and emotional factors in learning. He co-founded and currently chairs the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading school reform organization in the field of social and emotional learning.
Bryant Marks

Bryant Marks

Founder and Principal Trainer, National Institute on Race and Equity, Atlanta, GA

Reverend Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Sr. is a minister, researcher, trainer, and award-winning educator. He is the Founder and Chief Equity Officer of the National Training Institute on Race and Equity and a tenured professor of Psychology at Morehouse College. He served on President Obama’s Board of Advisors with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and as senior advisor with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dr. Marks was also a contributor and trainer with the Obama Administration’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) and 21st Century Policing programs. Between 2017 and 2018, Dr. Marks provided implicit bias training to over 30,000 employees and volunteers in law enforcement; city, county, and federal government; corporations; education; and healthcare, including the entire Los Angeles Police Department and over twenty Los Angeles County Departments. He holds a B.A. in psychology and a minor in economics from Morehouse College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Marks conducts research and professional development in the areas of diversity and implicit bias, Black male psychology and development, and personal passion and productivity. Dr. Marks is married to Dr. Kimberly Marks and father to Kim, Zion-Trinity, and Bryant II.

Sharon Contreras

Dr. Sharon Contreras

Superintendent, Guilford County School District, Greensboro, NC

Dr. Sharon Contreras has spent 30 years in education working to improve outcomes for all students. In 2011, she became the first woman of color to serve as superintendent of one of the “Big 5” urban districts in New York State. In her current position, she is the first woman, and first Latina Superintendent of Guilford County Schools (NC). Dr. Contreras is a member of Education Leaders of Color, a membership organization dedicated to elevating the leadership, voices and influence of people of color in education. Additionally, she serves on the executive council of the Council of the Great City Schools–made up of 76 of the nation’s largest school districts–and is founding co-chair of its Task Force on Black and Latina Young Women and Girls of Color. She is also a proud and active member of The Links Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Dr. Contreras has won countless awards for her civic work and leadership.  Most recently, Dr. Contreras was recognized by the North Carolina Parent Teacher Association as the 2019 Superintendent of the Year. This year, she was recognized by the Triad Business Journal as a 2020 C-Suite Award recipient which recognizes exceptional CEOs. Dr. Contreras is also the 2020 Piedmont Triad Superintendent of the Year. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis and a master’s in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also holds a master’s in English literature and English education and a bachelor’s in English literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Wanda Cook-Robinson

Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson

Superintendent, Oakland Schools, Waterford, MI

Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson is superintendent of Oakland Schools (MI), a district of approximately 200,000 students. Among her many firsts, she was the first African-American Associate Superintendent in Oakland Schools, and the first female African-American superintendent in Southfield, Michigan. She is an active member of equity-focused organizations such as the Michigan Education Justice Coalition, Oakland County Employment Diversity Council, and the Women in Leadership Summit. In 2019, AASA honored her with both the Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award which recognizes leaders who champion equity in education, and with the Women in School Leadership Award which recognizes excellence in leadership. In 1992, she co-founded, and continues to serve on the board of the Minority Women’s Network which encourages and supports women and educators of color in their pursuit of a doctoral degree. Among her many accolades, she has been honored with the 2013 Michigan State Superintendent of the Year by the Michigan Association of School Administrators, was a National Finalist for AASA’s Superintendent of the Year and received the Wayne State University College of Education Alumni Association’s Distinguished Educator award. Dr. Cook-Robinson holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Wayne State University, a master’s degree in Curriculum Development and Supervision from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Special Education from Michigan State University.

Monica Goldson

Monica Goldson

Chief Executive Officer, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Upper Marlboro, MD

Dr. Monica E. Goldson has 29 years in education and is the Chief Executive Officer of Prince George’s County Public Schools. She previously served as Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. As a founding principal at Wise High School, she partnered with Prince George’s Community College to launch a dual enrollment program and oversaw a 182-point increase in SAT scores. She served as a board member for the Prince George’s County Government’s Transforming Neighborhood Initiative @ Schools team. This initiative focused on improving schools in five neighborhoods with significant economic, health, public safety and educational challenges. Dr. Goldson currently sits on the board of directors for Nonprofit Prince George’s and Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of Leadership Greater Washington, she has been named to The Most Powerful Women in Washington list by Washingtonian and honored by the Washington Business Journal with a Women Who Mean Business award. Dr. Goldson is a three-time graduate of historically Black colleges and universities with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Florida A&M University, a master’s degree in Elementary and Secondary School Administration from Bowie State University, and a doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy from Howard University. Prior to becoming CEO, she served as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University, Howard University and Morgan State University.

Carol Kelley

Dr. Carol Kelley

Superintendent, Oak Park Elementary School District 97, Oak Park, IL

Dr. Carol Kelley has been the superintendent of Oak Park Elementary School District 97 in Illinois for five years. Prior to joining District 97, Dr. Kelley spent three years as the superintendent of schools for Branchburg Township School District in New Jersey. Dr. Kelley’s initial career path was in the commercial sector with a career in engineering. It was her volunteer work tutoring and mentoring middle school boys who had been suspended where she determined that it was not the students, but the system that needed to change so all students could be successful. In 1994 she took her first teaching position.  After seven years in the classroom, she took a position in administration. She has served as dean of students, principal, math supervisor, and director of curriculum instruction. A commitment to equity and the promise of a public-school education is what put Dr. Kelley on the path to becoming an educational leader. She has created counselors for parents, so they have the knowledge to encourage challenging curriculum for their student, and she has made the opportunity and benefits of the district’s Gifted and Tag program (GTE) more accessible to all. Dr. Kelley is a graduate of AASA’s 2016 Superintendent Certification Program. She received her bachelor’s degree and doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds an MBA from the University of Virginia.

Janice Jackson

Janice Jackson

Chief Executive Office, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL

Dr. Janice K. Jackson is the chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the third-largest district in the country. As a former student, teacher, principal, network chief, chief education officer, and now as CEO, Dr. Jackson has been immersed in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) her entire life. Dr. Jackson is a progressive, forward-thinking educator who believes in setting the bar high. She began her career as a social studies teacher at South Shore High School. After five years in the classroom, Dr. Jackson served as the founding principal of the Al Raby School for Community and Environment. After Al Raby became one of the district’s most successful neighborhood high schools, Dr. Jackson was selected to open another high school, George Westinghouse College Prep High School, whose success has been recognized nationally due to its thriving world language program and partnerships, including the Northwestern Medicine Scholars Program. Dr. Jackson is focused on improving equity and access to high-quality education in all CPS schools. Her Five-Year Vision for CPS, which was unveiled in 2019, is a comprehensive, research-based roadmap that strengthens CPS’s commitments to academic progress, financial stability, and integrity. Above all, the vision renews the district’s focus on equity. Over the course of Dr. Jackson’s career, her leadership and the efforts of Chicago’s dedicated teachers and principals have propelled CPS students to record-breaking academic gains and have caused education experts across the country to regard Chicago as a national leader in urban education. She holds a master’s degree in leadership and administration and a doctorate in urban school leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell

Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell

Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA

Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell has more than 19 years of service to Oakland Unified School District and has served as superintendent of the district since 2017. Prior to becoming superintendent, she was the district’s interim deputy superintendent of academic and social emotional learning, as well as the district’s lead network superintendent of elementary schools. Dr. Johnson-Trammell has also served the district as a teacher, principal, director of talent development, and associate superintendent for leadership, curriculum and instruction. The Oakland native is known as a fierce advocate for Oakland Public Schools, which she attended as a student. Dr. Johnson-Trammell strives to work collaboratively with staff to unearth and eliminate inequities that impede student learning. She is known for being a strong instructional leader who has developed deep relationships in the district. She is a recipient of the 2016 Oakland Unified School District Leadership Excellence Award, and the district’s 2008 Principal Academic Excellence Award. She was the 2013 keynote speaker at the American Educational Research Association’s annual conference. Dr. Johnson-Trammell earned her master’s degree and doctorate in educational leadership from University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ann Levett

Dr. M. Ann Levett

Superintendent, Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, Savannah, GA

Dr. M. Ann Levett has served as superintendent of Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools (SCCPSS) in Georgia for three years. Prior to this, she served in the position of Chief Academic Officer of SCCPSS and Deputy Superintendent. A life-long educator, Dr. Levett began her career at SCCPSS as a speech and language pathologist and later becoming a Principal at Savannah High School before leaving Savannah to pursue other professional opportunities. She rose to the rank of acting superintendent in Dayton, Ohio before transitioning to higher education positions at Antioch University and Yale University School of Medicine. She returned to the Savannah area in fall 2013 after serving as Dean of Teacher Education at Middle Georgia State College. In October 2007, Dr. Levett was appointed to the Board of Education for New Haven Public Schools in New Haven, Connecticut. Since returning to Georgia, Dr. Levett has served in several key positions at the state level and maintained her positions in several national and international organizations. She has been appointed by Governors Perdue and Deal to two major positions on state education boards. She is a published author, nationally known speaker, and consultant on international educational projects. In 2015, she was recognized for her accomplishments in Education by the Georgia Senate. Dr. Levett is a member of several community boards, including the Board of Directors for Greenbriar Children’s Center, Advisory Board for St. Joseph/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center, and Scholarship Chair of the Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame. Dr. Levett earned her doctorate in Educational Administration at the University of Georgia. She received her masters’ degrees in Special Education and in Public Administration, and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Georgia Southern University. She also has a B.S. in Speech and Language Pathology from Armstrong State College.

Ray McNulty

Raymond McNulty

President, Successful Practices Network, Rexford, NY

Raymond J. McNulty is the President of the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC), and the Successful Practices Network SPN). He is also a Senior Fellow to the International Center for Leadership in Education. Prior to that, Ray was Dean for the School of Education at Southern New Hampshire University which Fast Company magazine named the 12th most innovative organization in the world in its World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies. Ray has served as Chair of the National Dropout Prevention Network and was the Chief Learning Officer for Penn Foster a global leader in online education. Ray also was a senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he worked with leading educators on improving our nation’s high schools. Ray is a past president of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and author of It’s Not Us Against Them — Creating the Schools We Need, published in 2009 by the International Center.

An educator since 1973, Ray has been a teacher, vice principal, principal, and superintendent. From 2001-03, he served as Vermont’s education commissioner. During his tenure, Ray focused on aligning the Department of Education’s work on three key issues:  early education, educator quality, and secondary school reform.

Ray is a presenter at the state, national, and international levels on the need for school systems to accept the challenges that lie ahead. He is committed to raising performance standards for both teachers and students and to building solid connections between schools and their communities. Ray believes strongly that education systems cannot wait for the children and challenges to arrive at school; rather, schools need to reach out and help forge solutions.

Bill Daggett

Bill Daggett

Founder, International Center for Leadership in Education and Successful Practices Network, Rexford, NY

Bill Daggett, Ed.D., is the founder of both the Successful Practices Network and the International Center for Leadership in Education. He is recognized worldwide for his proven ability to move preK-12 education systems towards more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. For 30 years, he has crisscrossed our nation, as well as the industrialized world, to lead school reform efforts to effectively prepare students for their future.

While an avid supporter of public education, he also challenges all of us to be more focused on our children’s future than on maintaining the schools of our youth. His insights and leadership have caused nearly every major education association in the country, hundreds of school districts, numerous political and business leaders, publishers, and others to seek out his advice and guidance.

Dr. Daggett began his career as a teacher, local administrator, and then director with the New York State Education Department. He spends much of his time providing leadership and guidance to the National Dropout Prevention Center and the Career and Technical Education Technical Assistance Center, which are part of the Successful Practices Network.

He is the creator of the Rigor/Relevance Framework which has recently become the cornerstone of much of the nation’s school reform efforts. He is also the author of numerous books about learning and education, textbooks, research reports, and journal articles.

Dr. Daggett has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus by both Temple University and the State University at Albany.

Dr. Daggett has a special commitment to individuals with disabilities. He and his wife, Bonnie, volunteer their time and lend their support to Wildwood Programs in upstate New York. Wildwood serves the needs of people of all ages who, like their daughter Audrey, have neurological impairments/learning disabilities or autism, by enabling them to become the best that they can be.

Pedro Noguera

Pedro A. Noguera

Dean, University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, Los Angeles, CA

Marc A. Brackett

Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and Professor, Yale University, New Haven, CT