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Annual Education Conference: Stepping Back & Stepping Up (Day 2)

June 3 @ 8:45 am - 4:15 pm

In Day 2 of our conference, Stepping Back & Stepping Up, we invite leaders to learn from our expert keynote and from each other before transitioning into an afternoon of learning with engaging breakout sessions.

Morning Activities

8:45 – 10:30 – Nathan Levenson, Leading During Unprecedented Times: Strategies to Help Plan and Priotize During COVID-19. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented solutions. The school schedules of the past are unlikely to be best, for a while. As we enter a post-COVID-19 school year, a structured, thoughtful approach to covering increased SEL supports, missed content, intervention needs and remediation will be necessary. Further complicating this challenge is that resources will likely shrink even as needs grows. In this keynote session for leaders, join national school and district management expert Nathan Levenson as he shares innovations and practical strategies to create a master schedule that meets the needs of students in our new reality.

11:00 – 11:45 – Collegial Circles. There is much to consider as we close out the school year and plan for summer and fall. Come togther with charter colleagues who serve the same grade bands as you (elementary, middle, or high) in small group discussion to reflect on lessons learned from the morning keynote and share out potential next steps.

Afternoon Activities

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

Heartwork for Educators: Re-membering Our Purpose with Tanaya WinderHeartwork is your purpose combined with passion. It is a ceremony that allows us to learn from woundings to re-member, put ourselves back together, and transform beyond the spiritual scars that try to keep us bound in darkness. As we close out a hectic school year, learn how to continue honoring your heartwork through empathy, compassion, respect, reciprocity, and love.


Digital Equity with Kibret Yebetit from Girls Who Code. Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. This breakout session will focus on the importance of digital equity and is best suited for middle and high school educators. Participants will leave with tools and resources to bring back to their schools in pursuit of creating more opportunities for girls in their community, as well as information about how to join the Girls Who Code mission and impact the next generation of women.


Leadership in Distance Learning: Planning for Instruction & Support with Monica Burns.* Move into the upcoming school year with a refined strategy for distance learning. Join Dr. Monica Burns, author of Tasks Before Apps, as she shares strategies for elementary school leaders who are creating a plan for blended learning and distance learning this school year. This session will include best practices for entering the upcoming school year, strategies for implementation and onboarding, supporting elementary learners remotely, and ways to communicate and stay connected with families.

*Dr. Burns’ session at 1:00 will target elementary leaders and her session at 2:30 will target secondary leaders.


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 3
8:45 am - 4:15 pm
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Suggested Audience
Deans/Coaches, Directors of Curriculum and Assessments, ELL Coordinators, ELL Teachers, General Education Teachers, School Leaders, Special Education Leads, Special Education Teachers
Seat Type
TW: Trainings & Workshops
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