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Wednesday, September 28
 

4:00pm MDT

Check In & Registration
Wednesday September 28, 2022 4:00pm - 6:00pm MDT
Crystal Peak Ballroom A - 38th Floor Grand Hyatt Denver

5:00pm MDT

Welcome Reception and Colorado Leaders Fireside Chat
Colorado Leaders Fireside Chat
As we convene for the 8th Annual Leadership Forum, we'll kickoff with reception and fireside chat with local leaders, including Colorado Commissioner of Education, Dr. Katy Anthes, and the Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, Dr. Alex Marrero. This fireside chat will address the current state of education and how field is changing, with insights from these two esteemed leaders.Dr. Katy Anthes is widely respected for her commitment to listen to diverse perspectives and develop solutions that are founded on productive middle ground. Keeping students’ best interests as her top priority, she focuses on providing high quality expertise and support to districts and educators working to enhance student achievement.Dr. Alex Marrero has been honored as an outstanding administrator by the Latino Caucus of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators and inducted into the New York Academy of Public Education. He received a Leadership and Excellence in Education Award from the Association of Dominican-American Supervisors and Administrators and was recognized as a Latino Administrator of the Year by the Association for Latino Administrators and Superintendents.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Katy Anthes

Dr. Katy Anthes

Commissioner of Education, Colorado Department of Education
avatar for Dr. Alex Marrero

Dr. Alex Marrero

Superintendent, Denver Public Schools
avatar for Dwight Jones

Dwight Jones

Founder & CEO, Education Practice and Policy Partners


Wednesday September 28, 2022 5:00pm - 7:00pm MDT
Crystal Peak Ballroom B/C - 38th Floor Grand Hyatt Denver
 
Thursday, September 29
 

6:30am MDT

Breakfast and Networking
Thursday September 29, 2022 6:30am - 8:00am MDT
Crystal Peak Ballroom A - 38th Floor Grand Hyatt Denver

8:00am MDT

The Great Emergence: Innovations Supporting the New Era of Education
The Great Emergence: Innovations Supporting the New Era of Education
This session will highlight the voices and work of school district leaders who have successfully navigated the complexities and challenges of the past two years. Additionally, the panelists will share recent innovations that have emerged in their school district communities.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Luvelle Brown

Dr. Luvelle Brown

Superintendent, Ithaca City Schools, NY
avatar for Dr. Christina Kishimoto

Dr. Christina Kishimoto

Founder & CEO, Voice4Equity

Speakers
avatar for Verletta White

Verletta White

Superintendent, Roanoke City School District


Thursday September 29, 2022 8:00am - 8:30am MDT
Crystal Peak Ballroom A - 38th Floor Grand Hyatt Denver

8:40am MDT

Our Schools, Our Nation: Reclaiming the Narrative of Public Education
Our Schools, Our Nation: Reclaiming the Narrative of Public Education
Community support plays a significant role in the advancement of our public schools. An informed public who believes in the mission of education and understands the value high-quality public schools bring to their lives, provides a foundation from which our system can strengthen our society. As the communication and media landscape has evolved over the past decade, communicating effectively about the impact of our schools has become a greater challenge amid competing messages and special interests. To ensure the future success of our nation, we must reclaim our story in order to inspire continued support for current and future generations.

Speakers
avatar for Jackie Kapushion

Jackie Kapushion

Deputy Superintendent, St. Vrain Valley School District
avatar for Kerri McDermid

Kerri McDermid

Chief Communications and Global Impact Officer, St. Vrain Valley School District
avatar for Dr. Don Haddad

Dr. Don Haddad

Superintendent, St. Vrain Valley School District


Thursday September 29, 2022 8:40am - 9:25am MDT
Crystal Peak Ballroom B - 38th Floor Grand Hyatt Denver

8:40am MDT

The Role of Equity Officer: A Growing Position Across Districts and States
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Zainab Rida

Dr. Zainab Rida

Chief Equity Officer, Nebraska Department of Education


Thursday September 29, 2022 8:40am - 9:25am MDT
Crystal Peak Ballroom C - 38th Floor Grand Hyatt Denver

9:35am MDT

Reimagining Accountability and Growth Measurements for a Competency Based System
Reimagining Accountability and Growth Measurements for a Competency Based System
Through the Success Ready Students Network, the state of Missouri is reimagining the educational model from the student up. This group of educators, alongside innovation partner, EducationPlus, are designing instructional practices that support a holistic approach to student learning to achieve the goal of every student developing with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be high school, college, career, and workplace ready. During this session, you’ll see innovative strategies and examples of successes already taking place across the state through this competency-based learning approach and learn ways to apply this method across your own state or district.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Mike Fulton

Dr. Mike Fulton

Lead Advisor and Consultant, Success-Ready Students Network
avatar for Dr. Paul Ziegler

Dr. Paul Ziegler

CEO, EducationPlus


Thursday September 29, 2022 9:35am - 10:20am MDT
Crystal Peak Ballroom B - 38th Floor Grand Hyatt Denver

9:35am MDT

Uncovering New Frontiers in Rural Education
Rural school systems across the country have traditionally innovated out of necessity, and our current educational reality allows the opportunity for rural leaders to be even more bold in transforming their schools. From recruitment and retention to broadband access to educator housing, the barriers to meeting rural education needs have never been more challenging. Join four innovative rural educational leaders for an interactive session that highlights some outstanding ingenuity that can be replicated in your schools, no matter the locale!

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Melissa Sadorf

Dr. Melissa Sadorf

Superintendent, Stanfield Elementary School District

Speakers
avatar for Rene Sanchez

Rene Sanchez

Superintendent, Champlain Valley School District
avatar for Dr. Margaret Crespo

Dr. Margaret Crespo

Superintendent, Laramie School District
avatar for Dr. Mark Maclean

Dr. Mark Maclean

Superintendent, Merrimack Valley School District, NH
avatar for Jason Midkiff

Jason Midkiff

Director of Product Development, Oklahoma Public School Resource Center


Thursday September 29, 2022 9:35am - 10:20am MDT
Crystal Peak Ballroom C - 38th Floor Grand Hyatt Denver

10:30am MDT

A Conversation with Dr. Marzano: Leading a Competency-Based System So All Students Thrive
A Conversation with Dr. Marzano
Leading a Competency-Based System So All Students Thrive
Join Dr. Robert Marzano to hear about his vision for K–12 education that focuses on one simple truth:  the vast majority of schools can be highly effective in promoting student learning. To show how, he created the Marzano High Reliability Schools framework. This framework, based on 40 years of educational research, defines five progressive levels of performance that a school must master to become a high reliability school—where all students learn the content and skills they need for success in college, careers, and beyond.  In this session, the group will interact with Dr. Marzano to learn more about the High Reliability Schools framework and walk away with robust and engaging microlearnings from Discovery Education that focus on the framework components.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Robert Marzano

Dr. Robert Marzano

Chief Academic Officer, Marzano Academies


Thursday September 29, 2022 10:30am - 11:00am MDT
Crystal Peak Ballroom A - 38th Floor Grand Hyatt Denver

11:00am MDT

Lunch and Learn: Progress Amidst Resistance: Communications Strategy in Times of Crisis
Progress Amidst Resistance: Effective Local, State, and National Level Communications Strategy in Times of Crisis

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Luvelle Brown

Dr. Luvelle Brown

Superintendent, Ithaca City Schools, NY

Speakers
avatar for Cody Keenan

Cody Keenan

Former Chief Speechwriter for President Barack Obama, The White House


Thursday September 29, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Crystal Peak Ballroom A - 38th Floor Grand Hyatt Denver

12:00pm MDT

Lunch and Networking
Thursday September 29, 2022 12:00pm - 12:45pm MDT
Crystal Peak Ballroom A - 38th Floor Grand Hyatt Denver

12:45pm MDT

Statewide Partnerships: Driving Equity and Unlocking Access to High-Quality Content for Students, Educators, and Families
Statewide Partnerships: Driving Equity and Unlocking Access to High-Quality Content for Students, Educators, and Families
This session explores how education and corporate leaders collaborate to make their states a better place to learn, work, and live. These innovative, unique partnerships support teachers and provide students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. Statewide partnerships create not only more equitable learning environments in which all students have access to the resources and experiences they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond, but also a deeper, more diverse pool of talent that will drive economic prosperity across the state.

Speakers
avatar for Jhone Ebert

Jhone Ebert

Superintendent of Public Instruction, Nevada Department of Education


Thursday September 29, 2022 12:45pm - 1:30pm MDT
Crystal Peak Ballroom A - 38th Floor Grand Hyatt Denver

1:45pm MDT

Removing Barriers for Tomorrow's Trailblazers: Equity through Policy and Partnership
Removing Barriers for Tomorrow's Trailblazers: Equity through Policy and Partnership

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Christina Kishimoto

Dr. Christina Kishimoto

Founder & CEO, Voice4Equity

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Avis Williams

Dr. Avis Williams

Superintendent, New Orleans Public Schools
avatar for Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

Superintendent, Hartford Public Schools
avatar for Dr. Alison Yoshimoto-Towery

Dr. Alison Yoshimoto-Towery

Chief Academic Officer, Los Angeles Unified School District


Thursday September 29, 2022 1:45pm - 2:30pm MDT
Crystal Peak Ballroom B - 38th Floor Grand Hyatt Denver

1:45pm MDT

Sustaining Progress When Funding Ends
Sustaining Progress When Funding Ends
As a result of the pandemic, state departments and school districts have benefited from ESSER funds to address a variety of needs ranging from facilities to infrastructure to high impact curriculum resources for the classroom. As a result we know that leaders are keenly aware and planning for how they will continue this work beyond the limitations of ESSER funds. We will be joined by an expert in federal policy and funding as well as a former state leader to share our current reality, strategies for sustaining funding, and innovative ways that ESSER funding is being used.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Mesecar

Doug Mesecar

Partner, Strategos Group


Thursday September 29, 2022 1:45pm - 2:30pm MDT
Crystal Peak Ballroom C - 38th Floor Grand Hyatt Denver

2:40pm MDT

A Playful Approach to Scaling Whole-Child Education for Early Learners
A Playful Approach to Scaling Whole-Child Education for Early Learners
As a result of the pandemic, young learners are entering our schools having had fewer opportunities to socialize with peers, develop agency and grow fundamental numeracy, early language and literacy skills. To ensure these students are ready to actively engage in learning, education leaders must think beyond helping kids prepare for school, by helping schools prepare for kids. In this session, the early childhood leader, Sesame Workshop, will explore the research behind playful learning experiences used to scale equitable access to whole-child growth and ensure all kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder.

Speakers
avatar for Akimi Gibson

Akimi Gibson

Vice President & Educational Publisher of the Media and Education Division, Sesame Workshop


Thursday September 29, 2022 2:40pm - 3:10pm MDT
Crystal Peak Ballroom A - 38th Floor Grand Hyatt Denver

3:10pm MDT

Closing Reflections
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Luvelle Brown

Dr. Luvelle Brown

Superintendent, Ithaca City Schools, NY
avatar for Dr. Christina Kishimoto

Dr. Christina Kishimoto

Founder & CEO, Voice4Equity


Thursday September 29, 2022 3:10pm - 3:30pm MDT
Crystal Peak Ballroom A - 38th Floor Grand Hyatt Denver
 
Friday, September 30
 

7:15am MDT

Tour of the St. Vrain Valley Schools Innovation Center
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Don Haddad

Dr. Don Haddad

Superintendent, St. Vrain Valley School District


Friday September 30, 2022 7:15am - 11:00am MDT
St Vrain Valley Schools Innovation Center 33 Quail Rd, Longmont, CO 80501
 
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