Schedule

Pre-Conference Day – Sunday, July 21

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12:00pm - 2:00pm

Registration Desk

Early Registration

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2:00pm - 4:00pm

San Gabriel Ballroom

The Secrets of Instructional Coaching: Lessons Learned From 20 Years of Research

Pre-Conference Session

By Jim Knight, Senior Partner, Instructional Coaching Group + Research Associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning

For more than two decades Jim Knight and his colleagues at the Instructional Coaching Group

and the University of Kansas have been studying effective coaching and its impact on teaching and, more importantly, student learning and well-being. In this preconference session, Jim will describe many of the lessons learned about instructional coaching from that research including what effective coaches do, how they can most effectively interact with teachers, what teaching strategies they share, and how they can provide adaptive support to ensure teachers and students meet goals. This session summarize the peer-reviewed, rigorous research that has been conducted to validate the Kansas Instructional Coaching approach.  Anyone interested in instructional coaching should find this session helpful.

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4:00pm - 5:30pm

Conference Hallway + Patio

Welcoming Reception + Book Signing with Jim Knight

Day 1 – Monday, July 22

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7:00am - 8:00am

Registration Desk

Breakfast + Registration

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8:00am - 8:30am

San Gabriel Ballroom

Welcome

By Stacey Durham, Coordinator of Instructional Coaching

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8:30am - 10:00am

San Gabriel Ballroom

Retooling Your Instructional Coaching Profile: From Collaboration to Collective Impact

Opening Keynote

By Steve Ventura, Author and Professional Development Consultant

Providing timely and specific feedback is the hallmark of effective coaching.

However, there is a practice of instructional coaching that can have a significant impact on teacher morale, student achievement, coaching relationships, and accountability.

Participants will be introduced to the Culture of Evidence Toolkit for Instructional Coaches, a five part instructional coaching tool designed to elevate specific feedback, collective efficacy, and instructional strategies.

In this interactive and engaging session, attendees will learn how teacher efficacy and clarity can make a significant difference to student learning. Hattie (Visible Learning) reveals consistent findings: teachers who report a higher sense of efficacy, both individually and as a school collective, tend to be more likely to enter the field, report higher overall satisfaction with their jobs, display greater effort and motivation, take on extra roles in their schools, and are more resilient across the span of their career. Through master and vicarious experiences, educators can double the speed of progress for their students.

Effective instructional coaches can help teachers appropriate new knowledge about teaching and learning, rather than maintaining existing knowledge. And the most influential coaches can sensitively challenge current thinking and practice.

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10:15am – 10:55am

Room A

Fostering Reflective Practices – More Than a Video

By Laurel Frank, Science Specialist and Jennifer Wellman, Instructional Coach

Video is a powerful tool that provides a clear picture of what is happening in the classroom.

With a shared picture, teachers can reflect on practices which aid instructional coaching in setting meaningful goals. Discover ways to make video one of the most powerful game changers in the classroom and beyond.

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10:15am – 10:55am

Room B

Annotating Off the Screen- Strategy for Online Testers

By Tracy Shamon, ELAR Instructional Coach

Imagine all your students who take an online STAAR test being successful

with a low tech strategy to support their understanding.  So your students struggle with all the bells and whistles of the online STAAR test, or don’t even use them at all? This session will demonstrate a process for students to annotate the online STAAR test so they can properly analyze the questions and annotate the passages correctly.

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10:15am – 10:55am

Reflection Lounge

Reflection Lounge

By Joellen Killion, Senior Advisor, Learning Forward

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10:15am – 11:15am

Room C

Rocking Relationships to Amplify Your Impact as an Instructional Coach

By Brandy Alexander, Instructional Specialist

Building relationships is essential to being an effective instructional coach.

This session will touch on fun and engaging ways to build relationships with others. Some of the information shared will include: Google Forms to get immediate teacher feedback to begin support right away, the app Voxer to communicate and give feedback in a friendly way, fun ways to communicate updates to your teams, ways to give virtual PD, and other online communication tools such as Zoom.

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10:15am – 11:15am

Room D

The Power of Self-Coaching

By Tricia McCarthy, Coordinator of Professional Learning

Self-coaching is the ability to learn about yourself and take that information to make meaningful, positive changes.

Discover how to apply the practice of self-coaching to your unique Instructional Coaching role as you identify components of a self-coaching cycle to overcome challenges and reach your goals.

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10:15am – 11:45am

Room E

Measuring the Impact of a Coaching Cycle

By Gladys Martinez, Instructional Coach

Imagine all that happens through a coaching cycle and the partnership between the teacher and instructional coach.

The partnership encompasses different components to ensure it is impactful. This session will provide a snapshot that discusses the work that a coaching cycle entails. The journey will take participants through the focus on student learning targets, teacher instruction and their learning, support of the instructional coach, and measuring the progress of the coaching cycle.

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10:15am – 11:45am

Room F

Coaching towards Cultural Responsiveness

By Heather Salaz, Education Specialist and Megan Cruz, Education Specialist: School Improvement Initiatives 

This session will delve into the framework for cultural responsive teaching outlined

in the book, “Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain” and explore how their cultural awareness impacts students success. There will be more opportunities for dialogue, collaboration, and exploration through partner and group work.

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10:15am – 11:45am

Room G

Developing Classroom Communication Skills with Coaching in Mind

By Alexis Crump, Lead Trainer: Teaching & Learning

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10:15am – 11:15am

Room H

Coaching Into Meaningful Formative Assessment

By Andrea Gautney, Director of Instruction and Digital Learning and Tracy Pattat, Secondary Math Coach

Coaches explore Learning Designs to facilitate authentic teacher collaboration

focused on planning for essential teacher learning regarding formative assessment (FA). Coaches will examine how using a protocol focused first on a teacher’s calendar, combined with questions to facilitate thinking, will empower them to respond to FA data. Coaches will see that using this process can support teachers in carefully planning when to implement FA and how to meaningfully respond during student learning.

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10:15am – 11:45am

Room J

Who’s Your Coaching Celebrity Rock Star?

By Vejheh Tavakoli + Denise Ramey, Instructional Coaches

Come to our session and discover your rockstar coaching style.

Are you a Jim, Joellen, Steve, Diane, or Elena?

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11:00am – 11:40am

Reflection Lounge

Reflection Lounge

By Steve Ventura, Author and Professional Development Consultant

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11:45am – 1:15pm

Lunch

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1:15pm – 1:55pm

Room A

Coaching for Equity – A Case Study

By Heather Salaz, Education Specialist

Novice teachers struggle every year to connect with students and establish an effective culture in their classroom.

This session will delve into coaching strategies that will prepare teachers to connect with their students on a deeper level, leading to decreased teacher burn-out, increased retention, and ultimately better student engagement and achievement. This session is based on a case study project conducted during my principal certification coursework.

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1:15pm – 1:55pm

Room B

Coaching Outside the Box

By Duana Brashear, Principal

Are you ready to become the ultimate multiplier? As leaders we are tasked with improving

teacher effectiveness, student success, and professional efficacy. In this session you will learn how to utilize master teachers to provide instructional support and targeted professional learning. The result is a differentiated support system leading to improved teacher practice and student achievement. Through purposeful planning and intentional partnering your campus can begin Coaching Outside the Box!

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1:15pm – 2:15pm

Room C

Imagine All The Teachers At Peace – Coaching For Resilience

By Megan Harding, Educational Consultant / Instructional Coaching

Self care for teachers is becoming quite the education "buzz word" conversation.

This session will cover more than bubble baths and pedicures. How do we truly coach teachers to have more emotional resilience? How do we enter a coaching conversation when a teacher is not ready emotionally? How do we support the whole teacher? Imagine.

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1:15pm – 2:15pm

Room D

Gameifying your Instruction: Fortnite Edition

By Katheryn Cline, Social Studies Coordinator

Want to add to your toolbox? Want to make learning more interactive?

If so, this session is for you. Come and participate in ways to incorporate more content games, competition, and methods for increasing student engagement in this interactive session based on the popular game Fortnite.

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Room E

9 Professional Conversations to Change Schools

By William Sommers, Education Consultant

We believe in the power of technology as a way to engage students in every classroom on a daily basis!

Join us for this hands-on session to experience multiple ways students can show what they have learned by creating a variety of products using technology. You will be able to add these ideas to your coaching repertoire to share with teachers on your campuses!

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Room F

Incorporating Technology into Your Coaching Repertoire: Creativity is the Key

By Elizabeth Garvic, Elementary Academic Technology Coach

We believe in the power of technology as a way to engage students in every classroom on a daily basis!

Join us for this hands-on session to experience multiple ways students can show what they have learned by creating a variety of products using technology. You will be able to add these ideas to your coaching repertoire to share with teachers on your campuses!

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Room G

Everybody Trust Now

By Rita Garza, Lead Instructional Coach

Building and maintaining a trusting relationship is important and takes differentiation on the coach's part.

In this session, you will learn how to easily build and maintain trusting relationships with teachers of different generations. The skills you learn will show how to gain the trust of these three generations: baby boomers, gen x and millennials. We will walk through how to understand the needs of each generation in order to help move the coaching partnership forward.

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1:15pm – 2:15pm

Room H

Job Embedded + Technology = Student Engagement

By Bruce Harris, Academic Technology Coach

The Impact Cycle is beginning to transform teaching and learning in one of the largest districts in Texas.

This session will show some of the ways I have been able to promote my services to teachers in Title 1 school and help teachers begin to use more innovative tools for teaching. The session will be interactive and fun. I will focus on developing coaching expertise through constant learning, connections to district content and pedagogy experts and communication with campus leadership.

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Room J

Shifting Perspective: Powerful Coaching Strategy

By Joellen Killion, Senior Advisor, Learning Forward

When people are stuck, reluctant, or difficult to move, it is likely because they are unable to imagine...

other ways to view the situation. In this session, coaches will learn how to use practices to shift perspective to open up new possibilities for their clients. Specifically, coaches will:

  • Understand the impact of a single perspective has on a client’s ability to consider alternatives.
  • Explore practices to shift client perspective during a coaching conversation.
  • Practice strategies for shifting perspective.
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1:15pm – 2:15pm

Room K

Essential Technology for More Effective Coaching

By Bruce Ellis, Senior Director of Professional Development

Join us for a fun time of learning about current and relevant technology that you can use

to help build more effective coaching, collaboration, and support. Be sure to get your phone or laptop ready to be used while you try out these tools and see how they can support a wide variety of coaching frameworks. You’ll leave with additional resources to use on your own tour as you work towards even more effective coaching.

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2:00pm - 2:40pm

Reflection Lounge

Reflection Lounge

By Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad, Professional Learning Facilitator

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3:00pm - 4:30pm

San Gabriel Ballroom

Amplify Your Impact Everyday

By Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad, Professional Learning Facilitator

Today we are teaching through a remarkable time in history when the structure of pedagogy is demanding change;

and therefore how we support teachers must change. Virtual collaboration, increased teamwork, flexible hours, on-demand professional learning, and flattened hierarchies are just a few common workplace values and therefore should be reflected in how we structure learning and school. During this keynote, I hope you’ll leave with an inspiration to sequence thinking in new ways, and to spawn new ideas, interact with others in more meaningful ways, and share a new perspective on coaching and leadership.

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4:30pm - 6:30pm

Conference Hallway + Patio

Social

Day 2 – Tuesday, July 23

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7:30am - 8:30am

Registration Desk

Breakfast

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8:30am - 10:00am

San Gabriel Ballroom

Imagine What Schools Can Be: Making Sense of Learning Transfer

Opening Keynote

By Julie Stern, Author, Trainer, Instructional Coach

Most educators aim for a level of comprehension that moves beyond simple memorization.

We want students to be strong thinkers and problem-solvers; and to be empowered to use their learning beyond the school walls. But applying what we’ve learned to new contexts – also known as learning transfer – can be incredibly difficult to achieve. Nearly all learners, young and old, struggle with learning transfer. Additionally, many students stop expecting school to make sense or have any practical application in their lives beyond school, leading to a constant struggle and a search for ways to motivate them.

The key to understanding transfer is this: facts and topics do not transfer. They cannot be applied directly to a new situation. Whenever we try to apply our insights from one situation to another we are always abstracting to the conceptual level, generalizing from a specific instance to a broader rule, before our knowledge helps us unlock the new situation. These workshops build teachers’ skills with practical ways to help students build the foundational understanding needed to develop deeper, conceptual understanding and use those insights to innovate and tackle complex problems they encounter in their lives.

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10:15am – 10:55am

Room B

Imagine Individualized Professional Learning – Yes You Can!

By Amanda Wilson, District Instructional Specialist

 

Imagine a world where professional learning is tailored to everyone's specific needs.

Well, imagine no more! As instructional coaches, we can make that world a reality for our teachers through Individualized Professional Learning. Come learn how to truly transform instruction through customized coaching that turns meetings to momentum and malaise to motivation. We will explore the traits and techniques instructional coaches can use to provide professional learning that lasts.

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10:15am – 11:15am

Room C

Maximize Your Impact by Coaching Collaborative Teams

By Genevie Rodriguez-Quinones, Literacy Coach

Coaches work with individual teachers to impact student learning, but we can amplify our influence by serving teams of educators.

By considering the personalities, level of expertise, and individual goals that exist within a team, participants will learn how to foster team building. We’ll collaborate on ways to implement teacher expertise while ensuring the use of best practices. Coaches will gain tools to clarify practices and to strategically provide teachers with concise feedback & support.

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10:15am – 11:15am

Room D

“Don’t leave me out!”: Continuous Improvement for Coaches

By Chris Tarbet, Coordinator of Instruction and Professional Learning

Teachers have benefited from developments in growth and evaluation systems that promote best practices,

advance positive learning environments, and strive to achieve more equitable outcomes for students. Learn why the call for exceptional growth and evaluation tools for teachers is just as relevant and necessary to instructional coaches. Discover how Leander ISD collaboratively designed a mechanism for fostering the continuous improvement of coaches so to positively impact student learning.

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10:15am – 11:45am

Room E

Goal Setting Using Vision Boards

By Tricia McCarthy, Coordinator of Professional Learning

A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific goal.

Create your own vision board today based on your personal and professional goals. In addition, develop a plan of action for implementing this practice with your teachers and their students during the upcoming school year.

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10:15am – 11:45am

Room F

Coaching with English Learners in Mind

By Vanessa Cockroft, ESL & LPAC Coordinator

There is so much talk about English learners in education today—

but do teachers truly understand the language learning process and what ELs actually need in order to be successful? In this session, we will discuss key ideas of second language acquisition and provide participants with specific structures and tools to guide their teachers in creating a language-rich classroom that is safe and engaging.

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10:15am – 11:45am

Room G

Practice-Based Action Coaching

By  Heather Salaz, Education Specialist and Megan Cruz, Education Specialist

Action coaching focuses on the practice-able moves of teaching.

Learn to break down instructional and management skills into small action steps, to embed deliberate practice into your coaching sessions, and to use real-time feedback to work with your teachers “live”. Based on the work of Paul Bambrick Santoyo, author of “Leverage Leadership” and “Get Better Faster”, action coaching is an instructional approach that compliments a cognitive or reflective practice.

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10:15am – 11:15am

Room H

Leveraging Learning Targets

By Katheryn Cline, Social Studies Coordinator

This session will provide coaches the opportunity to acquire new skills, tips, and techniques

for having conversations around setting learning targets with teachers. Participants will build knowledge and expertise through the use of a hands on process by creating a tool that can be utilized in their daily coaching practice. Learn how to create buy-in when planning, frame conversations, align activities to standards, and plan with every student in mind.

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10:15am – 11:45am

Room J

Shifting Perspective: Powerful Coaching Strategy

By Joellen Killion, Senior Advisor, Learning Forward

When people are stuck, reluctant, or difficult to move, it is likely because they are unable to imagine...

other ways to view the situation. In this session, coaches will learn how to use practices to shift perspective to open up new possibilities for their clients. Specifically, coaches will:

  • Understand the impact of a single perspective has on a client’s ability to consider alternatives.
  • Explore practices to shift client perspective during a coaching conversation.
  • Practice strategies for shifting perspective.
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10:15am – 11:15am

Room K

Coaching in Hard-to-Coach Environments

By Brandy Alexander, Instructional Specialist

We have a tremendous amount of literature on how to have great coaching meetings,

the cycles to take teachers through, but what happens when you arrive on a campus where the collaborative culture, or instructional coaching is, or has been, toxic? In this session, I will share strategies that allowed me to build relationships and other tricks to overcome negative school cultures that can be difficult to coach in.

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11:00am - 11:40am

Reflection Lounge

Reflection Lounge

By Julie Stern, Author, Trainer, Instructional Coach

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11:45am – 1:15pm

Lunch

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1:15pm – 1:55pm

Room A

Creating a Custom Coaching Map

By Tracy Pattat, Secondary Math Coach

In this participant-driven session, coaches will collaboratively craft and compile coaching language

and sentence stems they currently use to design a coaching map that can be incorporated into everyday practice to create momentum and to facilitate results in coaching conversations with teachers. Coaches will think of a situation or issue for which they currently need helpful coaching language and will use a basic template to build a coaching map from the language generated by the group.

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1:15pm – 1:55pm

Room B

Coaches Need Coaches, Too: Networking & Collaborating

By Genevie Rodriguez-Quiñones, Literacy Coach

Participants will be able to identify and collaborate on common coaching issues that arise.

Coaches will be able to network with fellow coaches working towards common goals. We will also explore Twitter hashtags that are helpful hangouts and supports for coaches.

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1:15pm – 2:15pm

Room C

Re-inventing Reteach

By Katherine McRae, Formative Assessment Coordinator

Unsure of what standards to re-teach? Need new ways to reach students with difficult content?

If so, then this session is for you. Come and participate in a variety of activities to probe deep into the understanding of non-mastered TEKS and embark on the adventure of learning.

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1:15pm – 2:15pm

Room D

Speed Coaching

By Joellen Killion, Senior Advisor, Learning Forward

Join a new colleague to experience speed coaching -

a tightly focused, reciprocated conversation in which you’ll coach each other about taking the next steps with what you’ve learned at ICC.

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Room E

Coaching a Classroom Management Plan

By Arden McClean, Professional Learning Specialist

"I put up a poster with my class rules. Why are the kids still misbehaving?"

Instructional coaches play a key role in helping teachers realize their visions for well-managed classrooms full of successful, motivated students. Proactive management components, paired with coaching questions to focus teacher efforts, will allow coaches to partner with the teachers they support in developing a plan for a well-managed classroom.

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Room F

The Doctor Is In: Properly Diagnosing and Treating Classroom Misbehavior

By Lauren Prewitt Shane, Campus Instructional Coach

When students misbehave, many teachers misdiagnose the source of the misbehavior as defiance

and will gladly invite you into their class to witness student misbehavior. This invitation actually allows you to diagnose the real problem, which is typically instructional. This session will teach coaches how to diagnose the real cause of the misbehavior, and coach teachers out of it using communication techniques, guided questions, and instructional best practices to improve first-time instruction.

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Room G

Using Video to Empower Teachers, Drive Coaching, and Transform Learning

By Cory Camp, Director of Professional Learning and Virtual Coach

Video makes all your initiatives ongoing, classroom focused, collaborative, and job-embedded;

all of the factors that lead to success for professional learning and coaching. Come explore strategies for implementing video at your campus or district that allows coaches not only expand their impact and build capacity, but truly empower their teachers.

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Room H

We’ve Set a Goal – Now What?

By Mariana Maldonado, Director of Instruction and Digital Learning

How do educators know when they have made progress towards their goal?

What types of informal data can you collect to support them along their journey? Explore the types of data and data collection methods that will help educators monitor and adjust their progress as they work towards their goals. Walk away with strategies to collect and use objective classroom data that really makes a difference.

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Room J

Who’s Your Coaching Celebrity Rock Star?

By Vejheh Tavakoli + Denise Ramey, Instructional Coaches

Come to our session and discover your rockstar coaching style.

Are you a Jim, Joellen, Steve, Diane, or Elena?

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1:15pm – 2:15pm

Room K

Follow the Y{ELL}ow Brick Road to Success – Coaching for ELL Support

By Elizabeth Reed, History Instructional Coach

Hear one school's success story about how they moved their ELL population

through a 17 percentage point gain in one year using the coaching model. Learn how to use student voice, targeted questioning, and quality pedagogy to help teachers discover their current reality. Just like the ruby slippers had the power to take Dorothy home, our kids and teachers hold the tools they need to become successful. Amplify what teachers already know to unveil the innate abilities of your ELL students!

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2:00pm - 2:40pm

Reflection Lounge

Reflection Lounge

By Diane Sweeney, Education Consultant

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3:00pm - 4:30pm

San Gabriel Ballroom

Imagine a Coaching Model That’s About Learning

Closing Keynote

By Diane Sweeney, Education Consultant

Imagine a coaching model that begins, and ends, with student learning.

Imagine a coaching model that is directly aligned to the standards and curriculum, and supports teachers to grow in their practice. This is the definition of Student-Centered Coaching; an approach to instructional coaching that was developed by bestselling author and practicing coach, Diane Sweeney.

Join us for a keynote that will focus on Sweeney’s latest work. Specifically, how student evidence and formative assessment anchors coaching conversations in what matters. We will also explore how Student-Centered Coaching increases teacher and student clarity through the use of learning targets, success criteria, and self-evaluation by students. We don’t have time to waste by coaching around the edges, we must dig into what matters most…student learning.

Day 3 – Wednesday, July 24

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7:30am - 8:30am

Registration Desk

Breakfast

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8:30am - 11:45am

San Gabriel Ballroom

Instructional Coach as Change Agent

Closing Keynote

By Steve Barkley, Education Consultant

Learning drives change! Continuous educator learning is at the core

of continuous student growth and achievement. Instructional coaches, and instructional leaders who coach, orchestrate school cultures where educator learning is present in the daily school life of all educators. From staff meetings and more formal professional development opportunities to professional learning communities and coaching sessions, educators working with coaches are gaining skills and insights to create maximum learning for students. Explore the ways that your leadership can enhance the educator learning environment and impact in your school.

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