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Annual Education Conference: Stepping Back & Stepping Up (Day 1)

June 2 @ 8:30 am - 4:15 pm

In Day 1 of our conference, Stepping Back & Stepping Up, we invite teachers to hear from two amazing morning keynotes before transitioning into an afternoon of learning from fellow practitioners and attending dynamic breakout sessions.

Morning Keynotes

8:30 – 10:15Jamila Lyiscott, Critical Hope in the Context of Crisis. The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has changed our systems of education forever; it is a catalyst. In this keynote address, nationally renowned speaker and author Jamila Lyiscott will discuss the rich possibilities that exist for reimagining and nourishing the future of education in ways that are aligned with equity and justice for all.  Explore her Fugitive Action Framework as a lens for moving beyond “mythical hope”–empty promises of true change–and developing critical, tangible hope to support the building of essential new futures.

10:30 – 12:00Shanna Peeples, Innovation: It’s About Time. During her keynote address, Shanna Peeples, the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, will explore equity as an innovation issue. We no longer have a knowledge economy; we have an innovation economy. The world cares about what we can do with what we know. Learn how we can innovate around three core practices on every campus: time, trust, and the use of teachers as coaches for other teachers.

Afternoon Activities

12:00 – 12:30 – Networking Lunch & Learn – Take advantage of this opportunity to chat with charter colleagues who serve the same grade bands as you (elementary, middle, or high) in small group discussion to reflect on new learning coming out of the morning keynote addresses and your summer/fall 2020 plans.


1:00 – 2:00 & 2:30 – 3:30 – Breakout Sessions (Repeat Twice)

Pedagogy on Fire! with Jamila Lyiscott. This breakout session calls for educators to set their pedagogies on fire – to lean into the heat of this moment, center student voice, and allow the fire to forge another, more substantive level of engagement that is not afraid to incorporate the sociopolitical elephants in the classroom for teaching and learning. Walk away with tools for critical self-reflection and rooting pedagogy in the voices and identities of students.


Dare to Go First: How to Lead Change No Matter Where You Are with Shanna Peeples. Society is facing unprecedented change in every organization. We’re in critical need of leaders to light the path forward. Luckily, you don’t need a title or an office to be a leader. All you need is vision and passion to make the world a better place for children. In this session, Shanna shows how you can become a powerful change agent right now.


Supporting Special Populations through Google Read&Write with Jeff Greaves. Learn how to leverage different Google extensions, specifically Read&Write, to make online learning accessible for your special populations. In this breakout session, Jeff Greaves will walk you through the different features of Read&Write that will not only provide your remote learning lessons with more access points, but also with more student engagement. Note: This session will only be held at 1:00PM; it will NOT repeat.


3:45 – 4:15 – Reflection & Raffle


Note: Due to limited capacity, we are asking members to use the annual conference passes that come with Collaborative membership to attend the conference. This year, one pass gets you into both days of the conference.


June 2
8:30 am - 4:15 pm
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Suggested Audience
Deans/Coaches, ELL Coordinators, ELL Teachers, General Education Teachers, New Special Education Teachers, New Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Related Service Providers, School Leaders, Special Education Teachers
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TW: Trainings & Workshops
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