Breakout Sessions

Participants will have the opportunity to attend a variety of breakout sessions. Sessions will be held on Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday.

Curriculum Design Collaborative: A Powerful Learning Community
Craven County Schools
Monday, 2-3:15 l Arrowhead
Like most school districts in North Carolina, Craven County Schools is feeling the challenges of reduced resources, challenges that have made professional development and access to high-quality curriculum materials almost nonexistent. And with increased teacher turnover and a reduced pool of quality applicants, districts are being asked to hire more lateral entry and provisionally licensed teachers than ever before. To help create curriculum materials and ensure that their newest teachers had access to a coherent and comprehensive curriculum, Craven County Schools implemented the Curriculum Design Collaborative, a professional learning community of the highest performing teachers in the district. The initial task for these teachers was to create high-quality student courses for use in grades 3-8 math and reading, 5-8 science, English II, math 1, and biology. This endeavor has turned out to be so much more, and Craven wants to share their process, challenges, and great successes in this work.

Preparing Students for Future Careers: Data and Resources for Identifying Future Employment Opportunities
NC Dept of Commerce, LEAD
Monday, 2-3:15 l Auditorium IV
Are your students prepared for the careers of tomorrow or the jobs of today? What are the most important skills that students need to prepare for the 21st Century workforce? The NC Department of Commerce publishes employment projections used by numerous public and private career information providers such as CFNC and EMSI Career Coach. Come learn about the data and resources available to administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, and students, and how this information can help them make more informed educational and career decisions. Participants will see the underlying employment data and trends impacting jobs in North Carolina, identify growing occupations in their region, and learn how to access free local labor market and career tools.

Great Expectations: Working with Your Board Attorney
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Monday, 2-3:15 l Augusta
School attorneys are bound by legal ethics rules when it comes to representing their clients. Come to an entertaining and informative presentation from the chairman of the North Carolina Council of School Attorneys and learn about what your school attorney can and can’t do when it comes to providing legal representation to the board. More importantly, learn about what guidance you can reasonably expect from your school attorney and how you can best work with your school attorney. You will see some hilarious video clips of examples of attorneys overstepping the boundaries. Laughter helps the learning process!

Learning Does Not Stop at 3:30 or at the End of the School Year
Asheboro City Schools
Monday, 2-3:15 l Biltmore
Sacred time outside of the classroom and summer experiences enhance literacy, math, and problem-solving skills. In this presentation, representatives from Asheboro City Schools will discuss how it increased student achievement by developing academic family-teacher team meetings geared toward increasing time allocated for academic skill acceleration and remediation outside of the school day. Learn how the district partnered with families to view individual student data, execute instructional best practices, and set goals for families, which positively impacted communication, student outcomes, and family connections.

Marketing Choice in Public Education
Dare County Schools
Monday, 2-3:15 l Blandwood
Teaching and learning in today’s marketplace has pushed new modes of education to the front edge. In this session, discover how local agencies can proactively create best learning spaces for the 22nd Century learner and promote choice within the public realm. Representatives from Dare County Schools will discuss the visionary process and resulting innovations that are shifting the educational paradigm. They will share how to achieve total school improvement to meet the needs of innovation through the 3 Ps: planning, pedagogy, and problem-solving.

Results-Driven Accountability: Using MTSS to Improve Student Outcomes
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
Monday, 2-3:15 l Colony B
This session will provide an overview of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) as a process for improving school and student outcomes. As an integrated system of support for all students, MTSS is relevant in any discussion on student achievement, accountability, and data. Meaningful assessment and accountability systems are essential in documenting student performance by assisting in data collection and analysis, progress monitoring, and effective problem-solving. The discussion will include how MTSS addresses the needs of all students, aligns the entire system of initiatives, supports, and resources, and implements continuous improvement processes at all system levels. It will also cover how relevant information is analyzed and evaluated to plan and implement strategies that support sustainable improved student and system outcomes, as well as how emerging practices, such as Whole Child NC and social-emotional learning, are significant aspects in school improvement and supporting student learning. Lastly, the session will explore role of the school psychologists in relation to these factors.

Summertime Exceptional Magic; Designing and implementing engaging STEM instruction for fun summer learning
Lenoir County Public Schools
Monday, 2-3:15 l Morehead
Summer Programming for students is essential to continuous and stimulating learning all year round.  Through creative planning, grant opportunities, and community partnerships, Lenoir County Public Schools is able to offer dozens of STEM themed camps and free Summer School to hundreds of children in the past three years.

Lenoir County Public Schools has worked for four years to create fun STEM summer camps for students first grade  through middle school. For the past three summers, LCPS has offered dozens of STEM camp opportunities for students, while also including transportation, meals, and a lot of great learning memories! Simultaneously, the district has partnered with Teach for America for the past two summers to host their residential training in Kinston, while also offering free summer school to elementary students. Through partnerships and innovation, the students have had opportunities for summer learning unlike any other!

Achieving Through Reading: A New Look at RTA, Shifting from Compliance to Excellence
Orange County Schools
Monday, 2-3:15 l Pebble Beach
“What if…”  How many times is this said in education?  “What if” thinking is how Orange County Schools  began the journey of looking at Read to Achieve with a new lens, shifting from Compliance to Excellence, and creating the optimum learning environment and experiences.  It started by asking “what if we invited instead of exempted?”  “What if we invited our rising 1st graders?”  “What if we shifted the stigma that surrounds remediation work?” ” What if we treated it as month #1 to the school year instead of month #11?”  “What if we made it fun…like real camp?”

Come explore the endless possibilities in looking at RTA in a new and innovative way!  Take part in engaging stations to learn about Learning Pods, a co-teaching model, PEP Rally (Personal Enrichment Project), daily Multiple Intelligence classes, Family University classes, Learning in the Field…Trips, and more!

Avoiding Employee Hostile Work Environment Claims Through a Teacher Evaluation System
Gates County Public Schools
Monday, 2-3:15 l Sandpiper
The promulgation of school operations for principals and assistant principals requires that administrators focus on federal and state regulations, strategies, policies, and procedures. These are all designed to prevent harassment, prevent a hostile work environment, and limit the liability of a school district for an employee’s harassing conduct. Administrators must be cognizant of Title VII anti-discrimination laws. They must also understand how courts attribute liability for harassment to employers in order to prevent harassment in the workplace and avoid or mitigate the school board’s liability, should harassment take place.

Get Off the List: Building Turnaround Plans that Work
ReContext Data Solutions
Monday, 2-3:15 l Tanglewood
Are you 100% sure that your school improvement plan will work? Do you know you’ve focused on the right opportunities? Are you confident your team has the resources to succeed?  Melvin Hawkins, 2016 NERESA superintendent of the year, and David Adler, school turnaround specialist, demonstrate how to build high-impact school improvement plans that focus on local priorities, personalized accountability, and finding relevant, high-impact solutions that will work for you.

Virtual Academy Startup: Get Primed for Innovation
North Carolina Virtual Public School
Monday, 2-3:15 l Tidewater
Not all virtual learning is equal. The North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS), the nation’s second largest virtual school, has a reputation of building and sustaining successful partnerships with North Carolina schools since 2007. This session will illustrate how school leaders can maximize their district’s potential with NCVPS and build diverse, flexible, and thriving virtual learning  academies that offer students choice, opportunity, and options to meet their academic needs. Leaders will leave with an understanding of how NCVPS solves district virtual learning needs and how easy it is to implement NCVPS into district planning. The interactive session will also focus on the NCVPS funding model and how NCVPS can assist with expanding course catalogs, addressing complex scheduling problems, and solving teacher shortages. Additionally, the session will provide an encouraging space for participant questions and engagement.

Board Governance Aligned for Student Achievement
Craven County Schools
Monday, 4-5:15 l Arrowhead
The Craven County Board of Education has a long and rich history of continuous improvement in governance of public education. The Board will guide participants through an interactive session where they will describe the aligned management system, board accountability, and the importance of transparent processes in building trust in the public education system. The future of public education depends on boards of education positioned to lead for every student. The Craven County Board of Education will make the case for school board leadership that is accountable to one another, to the district, and to the public. They will begin with why this model of governance is so important and provide examples of the work the Board engages in to hold itself to the same high expectations it holds for staff and students.

Preparing Students for Future Careers: Data and Resources for Identifying Future Employment Opportunities
NC Dept of Commerce, LEAD
Monday, 4-5:15 l Auditorium IV
Are your students prepared for the careers of tomorrow or the jobs of today? What are the most important skills that students need to prepare for the 21st Century workforce? The NC Department of Commerce publishes employment projections used by numerous public and private career information providers such as CFNC and EMSI Career Coach. Come learn about the data and resources available to administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, and students, and how this information can help them make more informed educational and career decisions. Participants will see the underlying employment data and trends impacting jobs in North Carolina, identify growing occupations in their region, and learn how to access free local labor market and career tools.

I Fought the Law and the Law Won:  Navigating Difficult Legal Situations
NCSBA
Monday, 4-5:15 l Augusta
This scenario-based, interactive session will include active audience discussions based on common, yet complicated problems that board members face on a daily basis.  Come talk through difficult situations that you are likely to face and discuss how to work within legal requirements in a constructive way.  It will be fun!  Promise!

Networking: City School Board Members
City School Boards
Monday, 4-5:15 l Biltmore
This session is an opportunity for city school board members to network and discuss issues. Stop by and connect with us!

Ten Years After: The North Carolina Education Lottery
Monday, 4-5:15 l Blandwood
On March 3, 2006, following much controversy and political intrigue, North Carolina joined many other states in the lottery business.  This presentation examines the 10-year impact of the North Carolina Education Lottery, focusing on lottery sales, revenues raised, and funds contributed to education.  This presentation also examines programs that have benefitted from lottery funding along with changes in legislation that have altered the ways in which lottery funds are raised and utilized.  Researchers address three primary questions: (1) Does the lottery make a difference in educational funding in North Carolina, (2) Does lottery funding supplement or supplant educational funding in North Carolina, and (3) Does the lottery represent regressive, yet voluntary, taxation?  A variety of fiscal trends related to education funding and the lottery are also analyzed.

Results-Driven Accountability: Using MTSS to Improve Student Outcomes
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
Monday, 4-5:15 l Colony B
This session will provide an overview of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) as a process for improving school and student outcomes. As an integrated system of support for all students, MTSS is relevant in any discussion on student achievement, accountability, and data. Meaningful assessment and accountability systems are essential in documenting student performance by assisting in data collection and analysis, progress monitoring, and effective problem-solving. The discussion will include how MTSS addresses the needs of all students, aligns the entire system of initiatives, supports, and resources, and implements continuous improvement processes at all system levels. It will also cover how relevant information is analyzed and evaluated to plan and implement strategies that support sustainable improved student and system outcomes, as well as how emerging practices, such as Whole Child NC and social-emotional learning, are significant aspects in school improvement and supporting student learning. Lastly, the session will explore role of the school psychologists in relation to these factors.

Charting the Course for Positive School System Transformation:  One District’s Journey Through District Transformation
Lenoir County Public Schools
Monday, 4-5:15 l Morehead
Lenoir County Public Schools has been recognized by North Carolina AdvancED for their tremendous efforts to turn their district around in the last 16 months.  They share their gritty journey through transformation to help other districts do the same.

Effective Communications in the Digital Media Age
Orange County Schools
Monday, 4-5:15 l Pebble Beach
Learn about the dynamic role school board members and leaders must embrace within the framework of the digital media age. This understanding is essential for effective, contemporary communications across all stakeholder groups.

Attendees will receive an overview on how communications and engagement have shifted away from the practices of the legacy media age to the social media age. They will also learn how to use this understanding to gain increased community engagement. Attendees will receive instruction on pro-tips for digital communications and social media.

Early Learning and ESSA:  Opportunities to Strengthen Achievement and Improve Third-Grade Reading
NC Early Childhood Foundation
Monday, 4-5:15 l Sandpiper
Grade-level reading is achievable with policies and practices that reflect the science — reading is a cumulative process that develops from birth and is rooted in early brain development. During children’s earliest years, their experiences are built into their bodies — shaping the brain’s architecture and creating the foundation for future learning. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)  provides opportunities to support those early years and strengthen the birth-through-third-grade continuum. This session will emphasize the importance of the early years in terms of academic success and explore opportunities available through ESSA.  Collaborative efforts will be a focus to ensure district plans are intentional and take advantage of the early learning provisions to improve outcomes for children.

The Essential Guide to High-Performing Boards
eBOARDsolutions
Monday, 4-5:15 l Tanglewood
Highly effective boards share a common set of traits that help them focus on what’s important and work more efficiently to meet their goals. Learn more about these common traits and how schools and districts across the country are using them to achieve more effective board governance.

Virtual Academy Startup: Get Primed for Innovation
North Carolina Virtual Public School
Monday, 4-5:15 l Tidewater
Not all virtual learning is equal. The North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS), the nation’s second largest virtual school, has a reputation of building and sustaining successful partnerships with North Carolina schools since 2007. This session will illustrate how school leaders can maximize their district’s potential with NCVPS and build diverse, flexible, and thriving virtual learning  academies that offer students choice, opportunity, and options to meet their academic needs. Leaders will leave with an understanding of how NCVPS solves district virtual learning needs and how easy it is to implement NCVPS into district planning. The interactive session will also focus on the NCVPS funding model and how NCVPS can assist with expanding course catalogs, addressing complex scheduling problems, and solving teacher shortages. Addtionally, the session will provide an encouraging space for participant questions and engagement.

Preparing Students for a Mobile Workforce
Apple
Tuesday, 9-10:15 l Arrowhead
Mobile technology is transforming the way we learn and work. Join Apple trainers for an in-depth discussion to understand how digital literacy and fluency with mobile technology are essential to career success. Participants will learn how schools work with businesses to develop mobile strategies and workflows that help their students be more connected and productive. Come explore how carefully designed technology initiatives can prepare students for success in their careers.

Equity in Schools
Asheville City Schools
Tuesday, 9-10:15 l Augusta
This session explores Integrated Comprehensive Services for Equity (ICS) adopted by more than 200 school districts throughout the country and, recently, by the Asheville City School system. ICS is a framework supported by 45 years of research, intended to eliminate systemwide inequities to reduce the opportunity gap and advance achievement for all students, especially those who have been traditionally marginalized. By the end of this session, participants will be able to: (1) identify the four cornerstones of ICS, including a focus on equity, aligning staff and students, transforming teaching and learning, and leveraging policy and funding, (2) understand the implementation process of ICS in Asheville City Schools.

Innovative Board/Community Partnerships
Wilson County Schools
Tuesday, 9-10:15 l Biltmore
During this session, participants will learn how Wilson County Schools developed a community collaboration initiative to support student success.  Wilson County Schools started The Gentlemen’s Agreement in the fall of 2015 as a means of offering personalized support to young African-American men during their high school career by surrounding them with positive outlets that affirm and celebrate them as talented, gifted, and contributing members of the community.  The young men come from all three of the district’s traditional high schools:  Beddingfield, Fike, and Hunt. Mentors from the school system and community meet with their assigned students regularly and help lead them through high school by counseling them on academic, life and social issues.  In addition, the students are exposed to monthly activities that included college visits, ropes course activities, and a performance of the Lion King at the Durham Performing Arts Center.  One of the goals of the program is to equip the students with the skills needed to find viable jobs or to create entrepreneurial opportunities for themselves after graduating from high school. In Wilson County Schools, the Board of Education has played a significant role in The Gentlemen’s Agreement program.  One board member facilitated the ropes course activity for the last two years and our board chairman organized and conducted an etiquette and manners workshop for the students.  Board members also serve as mentors.

Opportunity Culture: Providing Access and Opportunity to All Students via Innovative Staffing and Scheduling
Vance County Schools
Tuesday, 9-10:15 l Blandwood
This session will share the journey of implementation of Vance County Schools’ Opportunity Culture.  Through this program, more students have access to high-performing teachers who have demonstrated high-yield results.

How to Market Your School District through Multimedia
Mark III
Tuesday, 9-10:15 l Meadowbrook
Representatives from 2017 Diamond Sponsor Mark III will share how you can utilize multimedia for promotion and recruitment in your district.

iPads and Learning: Make It Happen Every Day for Every Student!
Lenoir County Public Schools
Tuesday, 9-10:15 l Morehead
Districts love to proclaim that they are a “1:1” district, but are they really? Shared laptop carts in a hallway, or having an opportunity for every child to use a device once a day, is not a truly integrated 1:1 learning environment.  Five years ago Lenoir County Public Schools made a vow to completely imbed technology into every classroom and in the hands of every single student and teacher.  Today LCPS has a Digital Learning Specialist in every school. The Digital Learning Specialist does not serve as tech support, but rather as a curriculum specialist who works shoulder-to-shoulder with every teacher in the building to create robust and engaging lessons that use the latest Apple technology.

Several years ago, Lenoir County Public Schools committed itself to putting a state of the art iPad in the hands of every single student K-12, while simultaneously providing Digital Learning Specialists in every school.  Learn how such a monumental task was accomplished so it can be incoporated into other school systems.

Global Leaders Initiative in Mount Airy City Schools
Mount Airy City Schools
Tuesday, 9-10:15 l Pebble Beach
This session will highlight how a small school district can innovatively provide students with a global program, despite difficult finances and constraints.  The program outlines a K-12 continuum for global education with a Language Leader program. Beginning with grades K-5, students learn Spanish during the majority of their day.  Upon entering middle school, students will learn directly from a teacher from China who teaches Mandarin Chinese and Culture.  Continuing this momentum, high school students learn advanced language and culture courses, including AP Chinese with a teacher from China.  The global initiative provides avenues for students to partner with schools in Beijing on a regular basis and travel to China each year.  The innovative global framework has helped ensure high success, as Mount Airy City Schools is one of six districts in the state where 100% of schools met or exceeded growth.  Innovation doesn’t have to be sacrificed to create excellence.  Innovation and excellence go hand-in-hand in Mount Airy City Schools.

Connecting the Dots to Educating the Whole Child
Onslow County Schools
Tuesday, 9-10:15 l Sandpiper
Onslow County Schools believes in the power of research-driven innovation. A wide array of learning and extracurricular opportunities are an integral part of what the Onslow County School system provides to their students each day.  Come learn about the comprehensive “Whole Child” model and the work that is being done at Swansboro Middle School.  Also, learn valuable brain research to understand the importance of educating the “Whole Child,” all while examining the brain.  Attendees may be surprised!

Get Off the List: Building Turnaround Plans that Work
ReContext Data Solutions
Tuesday, 9-10:15 l Tanglewood
Are you 100% sure that your school improvement plan will work? Do you know you’ve focused on the right opportunities? Are you confident your team has the resources to succeed?  Melvin Hawkins, 2016 NERESA superintendent of the year, and David Adler, school turnaround specialist, demonstrate how to build high-impact school improvement plans that focus on local priorities, personalized accountability, and finding relevant, high-impact solutions that will work for you.

More Time to Teach, Please
Center for Teacher Effectiveness
Tuesday, 9-10:15 l Tidewater
With the various interruptions teachers experience each day, precious instructional time often takes a hit. Learn how to turn nonproductive class time into additional instructional minutes using powerful, behavior-changing tools and techniques while building stronger relationships with your students. These practical strategies can enhance learning, reduce teacher stress, and dramatically decrease the number of student referrals, and can be effective at every grade level. They are supported by leading educational researchers and have been tested in classrooms across America for over 20 years. Don’t get lost in the chaos controlling far too many classrooms today. Restore order and effectiveness in your classrooms.

Everyone Can Code
Apple
Tuesday, 10:30-11:45 l Arrowhead
Join us to learn about Everyone Can Code, a program designed to give everyone the power to learn, write, and teach code with Swift. You’ll hear about Swift Playgrounds ― a free app for iPad for first-time coders with fun and interactive lessons ― and explore the accompanying teacher guides. You’ll also find out about App Development with Swift, a curriculum for high school and college on Mac that shows students how to create apps from start to finish.

Coming Soon to Your Board Room: Teacher and Principal Contract Decisions
Campbell Shatley
Tuesday, 10:30-11:45 l Augusta
Effective this school year and next, the legal landscape regarding multi-year teacher contracts and principal compensation changed significantly. This session will review recent changes to the law and focus on potential issues and practical solutions for school boards.  Important policy decisions need to be made this school year, and the attorneys from Campbell Shatley will share their thoughts and suggestions.

Perks and Pitfalls in Creating and Opening a Cooperative Innovative High School: Lessons Learned
Wilson County Schools
Tuesday, 10:30-11:45 l Biltmore
As our state’s public school systems compete with a growing number of charter and private schools, it’s quickly becoming a necessity that our public schools offer options. One popular solution is to create a Cooperative Innovative High School. North Carolina has demonstrated success in developing early college high schools. However, a plan must be developed early in the process to ensure the schools succeed. Perks and pitfalls are ever-present in the startup process, and this session will provide participants interested in Cooperative Innovative High Schools with valuable tips and lessons learned.

Engaging Your District in Quad D Learning
Vance County Schools
Tuesday, 10:30-11:45 l Blandwood
This presentation will discuss how Vance County Schools aims to engage its students in more QUAD D learning opportunities. These opportunities, which help students see the connections to jobs and skills beyond high school, are not restricted to the classroom and do not have to be provided by teachers. Everyone in the district should have the opportunity to work with the students. For example, Vance’s finance officer worked with high school art students to create an exterior mural for the district’s warehouse. They developed a project plan, engagement contract, and budget, found vendors, and ensured all necessary materials were ordered. The students learned about all the departments and groups that had to be involved, from the maintenance staff to teacher support. They also learned about teamwork, hard work, and the joy of accomplishing a goal. They recently presented about their project to the Board. Since that project, Vance has developed an official intern program for the students where they can use their passion for art to impact the community, their schools, and themselves. Vance County Schools offers many other opportunities to engage and inspire students. See how your school system can think beyond the classroom.

Righting the Ship: One District’s Journey through Transformation
Lenoir County Public Schools
Tuesday, 10:30-11:45 l Morehead
Lenoir County Public Schools has been recognized by North Carolina AdvancED for their herculean efforts to turn their district around in the last 16 months.  They share their gritty journey through transformation to help other districts do the same.

Equity, Accountability and Innovation: Building a Strategic Compensation Plan that Works
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
Tuesday, 10:30-11:45 l Pebble Beach
During the session, participants will learn about how Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools tied the system’s equity-focused work to Project ADVANCE ― the  strategic compensation plan that ties salaries to professional learning.

The Global Edge
Onslow County Schools
Tuesday, 10:30-11:45 l Sandpiper
Onslow County Schools, a diverse district of over 27,000 students, is recognized at the state and national level as a leader in global education. In 2015, the AdvancEd exit report noted the system as having “a powerful practice,” as it relates to global awareness and understanding of diverse cultures. In October 2016, the NC Department of Public Instruction named Carolina Forest International Elementary as the first Model Global-Ready School, and in early 2017, the Onslow County School System was recognized as the first Model Global-Ready District. Come check out Onslow’s “Global Edge” as this session shares the comprehensive K-12 perspective of preparing students for the world through global readiness.

#NCSchoolBond: Status of Statewide School Construction Initiative
NCSBA
Tuesday, 10:30-11:45 l Tanglewood
Presenters will update participants on the status of the statewide bond issue.

The ASSISTments North Carolina Project
Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
Tuesday, 10:30-11:45 l Tidewater
In this session attendees will learn about NC’s ASSISTments project, a research study using a web-based platform to improve student math performance. The project provides schools with free access to an online math support system for 8th grade students and training on the system for their teachers. The presenters will demonstrate unique aspects of ASSISTments, explain prior research on its effectiveness, and discuss how teachers currently use the system with their students. Participants will have an opportunity to explore the system. Learn more at https://www.assistments.org/.

Apple Tech Update for NC Leaders: What Every NC Leader Needs to Know about Productivity and iOS!
Apple
Tuesday, 2:30-3:45 l Arrowhead
Join Apple trainers for a session about what’s new for schools in iOS and macOS. Apple believes technology has the power to transform the classroom and is making it even easier to get devices in the hands of students. Participants will learn how Apple School Manager functions as a single destination for IT admins, simplifies, and streamlines deployment. Come experience Classroom, the powerful teaching assistant on iPad that helps teachers guide learning, share work, and manage devices, and hear about great new productivity and management features in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. Don’t miss this opportunity to see how the latest technologies make learning more relevant and personal and prepare your learners for today’s mobile workforce.

Student First Amendment Rights: The Confederate Flag, Taking a Knee, and Other Forms of Controversial Expression
Tharrington Smith
Tuesday, 2:30-3:45 l Augusta
Since students started protesting the Vietnam war by wearing black armbands to school, courts have sought to draw the line between constitutionally protected expression and punishable school disruptions. These issues have been brought to the fore in recent times as a new generation of students becomes politically and socially active. Through a discussion of Supreme Court case law and contemporary examples, this presentation will explore the legal boundaries of student speech and symbolic expression, including displays of the Confederate Flag at school and student-athletes “taking a knee” during the National Anthem.

Perks and Pitfalls in Creating and Opening a Cooperative Innovative High School: Lessons Learned
Wilson County Schools
Tuesday, 2:30-3:45 l Biltmore
As our state’s public school systems compete with a growing number of charter and private schools, it’s quickly becoming a necessity that our public schools offer options. One popular solution is to create a Cooperative Innovative High School. North Carolina has demonstrated success in developing early college high schools. However, a plan must be developed early in the process to ensure the schools succeed. Perks and pitfalls are ever-present in the startup process, and this session will provide participants interested in Cooperative Innovative High Schools with valuable tips and lessons learned.

From the Governor’s Office: A Conversation about Education
Office of the NC Governor
Tuesday, 2:30-3:45 l Blandwood
The NC Senior Education Advisor to the Governor will briefly discuss the Governor’s education goals and agenda. Participants will have a roundtable discussion about issues board members are facing and how the Governor’s office can help.

21st Century Leadership: Creating, Transforming, and Sustaining Culture
Leading Schools Forward
Tuesday, 2:30-3:45 l Meadowbrook
How aligned is your culture with your strategic or improvement goals? No empty mission statements here. People before strategy. Behavior is the greatest source of advantage. As a result of continued, low, long-term student growth rates (ranked 17th internationally) and related high teacher/principal turnover, we expect the culture leadership model to become the national standard in K-12 education. It is already the norm among the greatest brands (externally and internally) in the world, including the best hospitals. Receive an introduction/overview of values-inspired leadership and organization development.

In partnership with pioneer People Ink, schools and districts are provided with proven framework and guidance to create, transform, and/or sustain strong cultures. In return, this allows them to make lasting improvements to their performance and realize their most important goals.  According to a Deloitte Survey of 3,300 organizational executives, “An organization’s culture is even more important than its leadership.”

No-Cost College for All? Getting the Most of Career and College Promise
Lenoir County Public Schools
Tuesday, 2:30-3:45 l Morehead
How can LEAs compete with school vouchers, private schools, and home-schools?  Local citizens have more options for education than ever before, and providing opportunities for students that no one else can offer is a great marketing tool! Lenoir County Public Schools has partnered with the local community college to offer multiple career pathways for traditional high school students to earn dozens of hours of college credit. Just this fall, Lenoir County’s students are enrolled in over 1,065 individual college classes! Learn how to graduate your seniors with semesters of free college credit.

Equity, Accountability, and Innovation: Building a Strategic Compensation Plan that Works
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
Tuesday, 2:30-3:45 l Pebble Beach
During the session, participants will learn about how Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools tied the system’s equity-focused work to Project ADVANCE ― the  strategic compensation plan that ties salaries to professional learning.

Leveling the Playing Field: Utilizing Research and Data to Build Effective ACT/SAT Programs
A-List Education
Tuesday, 2:30-3:45 l Sandpiper
The session will examine case studies of high schools who have undergone significant transformations to overcome learning barriers. The case studies highlight specifically how ACT and SAT curriculum integration enhances student opportunities for growth. The session will also focus on a touchstone of school improvement — the ability to collect and utilize cumulative testing data. Empowered with this data, teachers expand ACT/SAT exposure to students who wouldn’t normally have in-depth test preparation. Presenters will also discuss lesson plans and curriculum development for overall school growth. Attendees will walk away with practical knowledge on curriculum integration, as well as a model for ACT and SAT prep courses.

The Essential Guide to High-Performing Boards
eBOARDsolutions
Tuesday, 2:30-3:45 l Tanglewood
Highly effective boards share a common set of traits that help them focus on what’s important and work more efficiently to meet their goals. Learn more about these common traits and how schools and districts across the country are using them to achieve more effective board governance.

A New Legislative Mandate: Strengthening K-8 Student Digital Literacy Instruction
Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
Tuesday, 2:30-3:45 l Tidewater
The NC General Assembly, via the 2016 and 2017 Appropriations Acts (SL 2016-94, S.L. 2017-57), included funding to support continued implementation of the NC Digital Learning Plan. For the first time, the legislation specifically identified local school boards as collaborators in the NC Digital Learning Initiative (NCDLI), in partnership with the State Board of Education, the Department of Public Instruction, the Friday Institute, and UNC educator preparation programs. Come to this session to learn more about the 2017-18 NCDLI priorities, and how your Board can help assess current efforts to provide K-8 student digital literacy instruction in economically distressed LEAs and develop a plan to strengthen such efforts.

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