Lead by Wisdom: An Innovative Approach to Leadership and Team Development
Schools and school systems deserve transformational leadership that is leading the shift in paradigm when it comes to 21st Century education. How can schools enable executive teams from being dysfunctional to becoming functional, and from being merely functional to becoming transformational? Step into the wisdom of mindfulness-based leadership and team development. In this session you will gain experiential understanding of how mindfulness plays an important role in transforming adults and teams by influencing the ways in which team members collaborate, communicate, interpret, and problem solve. The session highlights the importance of developing mindful leadership at the highest levels of the system to ensure that those leading the way, in a time of increased complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity, will have the insight and wisdom needed to take the entire system into the future, all while maintaining harmony and achieving results. Learn from a case study of a public school district in California that is applying this innovative approach with its executive cabinet, administrative staff, as well as teachers, to transform the entire system.
Magic in the Mirror: Transforming Tomorrow Today!
Rockingham County Schools
Educational transformation begins with reflective practices. The Rockingham County Schools Vision 2020 Strategic Plan was created through a community planning process. Peer into the mirror that looks closely at the focus areas of the strategic plan. During this session you will be guided through the steps of formulating a sustainable plan of district improvement. Participants will leave the session with specific action steps that can be taken back to the district level for immediate implementation to positively improve student learning outcomes.
Meeting the Career Readiness Imperative
Tuesday,9-10:15| Pebble Beach
This presentation will examine the question, “How can schools support all students in discovering their personal career goals and plans without compromising academics and requiring additional resources?” It will discuss practical and cost-effective strategies that districts have deployed to boost career outcomes for all students while enhancing academic success.
Modern Leadership: Digital Convergence vs. Digital Conversion
Craven County Schools & Modern Teacher
Our country’s education system has converted to digital formats at scale as technology solutions are flooding the space, but why haven’t student outcomes changed? Why hasn’t instruction changed? Digital convergence is the antithesis of the single-point solution in education. Single-point solutions are technology or instructional solutions deployed absent of how they contribute to a unified vision for modern learning. Digital convergence allows school boards to adopt solutions that provide measurable value and facilitate modern learning. This session will explore the latest research on change management through the Digital Convergence Framework. Connect with thought leaders as the board members and superintendent of Craven County Schools share their journey through convergence. The discussion will cover developing a bold vision for modern learning unique to their district and community, aligning leadership and forming cross-functional teams, building an instructional and technological infrastructure, developing a proficient workforce, and synchronizing with their community. Collaborate and discuss with fellow board members about transformation at scale. It all starts with the board’s leadership.
Next Generation Career Academy
Surry County Schools
Surry County Schools partnered with Surry Community College, local businesses, and county officials to apply and receive a Golden Leaf Foundation Grant that enabled them to hire a career coach and place high school students in paid internships. Students also receive workforce training from Surry Community College and local business partners.
Recoding Our Future: Bringing Computer Science to Students in Rural Communities
Lenoir County Public Schools
As one of the first Coding and Mobile App Development Grant recipients awarded by NCDPI, Lenoir County Public Schools utilized funding to design coding and computer science experiences for all LCPS middle school students with plans to extend this exposure to elementary students. In addition, newly designed online coding courses are now available to every LCPS high school student. Let us share our challenges and successes with you and discover how we are changing the future for our students.
Renewing Public Education: The Renewal School System Legislation
Tuesday,10:30-11:45| Augusta A
In May 2018, the NC General Assembly ratified House Bill 986, which allowed Rowan-Salisbury Schools to apply to be the state’s first Renewal School System. The Renewal School System legislation allows charter school-like flexibilities, including flexibilities in calendar, personnel, budget, and curriculum. In August, Rowan-Salisbury Schools applied and was granted the Renewal School System flexibilities. In the past months, much work has been completed to rethink public education with emphasis on local control. Join us as we explain our journey through Renewal. We will describe why we chose to apply, our change management process, how we are implementing district-wide flexibilities with an emphasis on local control and teacher input, and how this legislation may one day benefit all school districts across North Carolina.
Road to Recovery the Fourth Time Around: How Floyd, Irene, and Matthew Influenced Florence Response
Lenoir County Public Schools
Tuesday,2:30-3:45| Augusta B
Lessons learned from prior hurricane events informed the planning and preparation for Hurricane Florence. Meeting student, staff, and family needs was the primary focus of school system efforts. LCPS will share strategies for proactive planning with emergency management, media, health and human services, and relief agencies.
School Consolidations: How to Navigate and Implement Without Fear
Vance County Schools
Representatives from Vance County Schools will discuss the process they undertook to consolidate their two middle schools and two high schools. They will go over the following factors: The key drivers of the decision, laying the groundwork for making the decision, stakeholder engagement to facilitate community support, implementation and how to make it happen and start school within four months of the decision, lessons learned, and next steps. We will discuss impacts from the Instructional framework, the business/fiscal framework, and the operations/maintenance framework since all play a role through the entire process. We will provide our work plan and our lessons learned to help other districts who may be struggling with how to make these decisions due to drops in enrollment, under-capacity facilities, or how to enhance instructional efforts.
School Cyber Risks – Is Your District Protected?
Victor O. Schinnerer
Cyber risks are a growing concern for the 21st century school district. Is your district covered? This session will provide an overview of cyber insurance basics, along with information about NCSBA’s Endorsed Cyber Protection Program.
School-Based Mental Health Services: A Look at What Now When Students are Emotionally/Behaviorally Dysregulated
This session will take a close look at the need for school-based mental health services not only in our state but across our country. It’s our desire that we grasp this need and get a deeper understanding of these services and how it impacts, in addition to our children, the fiber of the social aspect and economics of our educational system. This presentation targets students with extreme mental, emotional, and conduct problems. Through a synergetic approach, participants in this session will be able to share issues within their own district for the purpose of us becoming cognizant of the context of this statewide issue. Learners will explore implications for proactive versus reactive responses to treatment needs when considering student performance. The basic principles of cognitive restructuring and psycho-education are active ingredients to managing individuals with behavioral health issues. We will examine access to healthcare and the critical role that school systems play. Empowerment, resilience, wellness, and greater student achievement are expectations when mental health services are effectively deployed.
Succeed by Love: Leveraging Mindfulness to Develop Resilient and Compassionate Leadership
Dive into an experiential session that provides a variety of tools and techniques to develop and deepen compassion, emotional intelligence, and personal resilience that will transform the way you understand mindfulness and its impact on leadership and school systems. Gain experiential, theoretical, and research-based understanding of what mindfulness is and its benefits for district leadership, school leadership, teachers, students, and parents. Participants will learn about MindKind’s turnkey program, the Mindful Leadership Mission, that districts can leverage to begin the work of bringing mindfulness-based leadership programs into systems, schools, and communities. Hear testimonials from a variety of system stakeholders on the effects of just five weeks of mindful leadership development.
Surry County Schools Elementary GROW Strong Team (Go Run Our World)
Surry County Schools
Surry County Schools takes pride in educating the whole child. The Whole Child approach is an effort to transition from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long-term development and success of all children. It is the goal of Surry County Schools to provide a healthy, safe, responsible environment and a caring culture for all students and staff. Through that vision and leadership, all 11 elementary schools have running clubs called GROW Strong. The program goals for GROW Strong include building student confidence, improving character, goal setting, proper running techniques, completing a 5K race, and ultimately learning how to live a healthy lifestyle now and for the future.
Surry County Schools Science Institute: An innovative Approach to Centralized STEM Resources
Surry County Schools
We all love STEM: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It’s the pipeline that prepares our students for careers of the future. However, building excitement, training teachers, and emerging technologies all come with a price. STEM education can also bring high costs for equipment, professional development, and resources. Join us to learn how one innovative rural school district has centralized resources to support STEM education for all students, bridging gaps and increasing student achievement.
Teacherpreneurs: Developing Teachers Who Lead but Don’t Leave the Classroom
Newton-Conover City Schools
Newton-Conover City Schools has developed a teacher leadership program grounded in the theory that we want our excellent teachers to have the time, space, and opportunity to identify problems of practice in their schools and then develop action plans to address areas of concern. We have partnered with NCCAT to provide our teacherpreneurs professional development in the areas of general leadership, evaluation, policy and legislation, budgeting, and conflict resolution. They also learn to utilize a variety of protocols designed to provide them with a deeper understanding of both data and feedback. In this session, we will provide an overview of the program, a timeline for implementation, and copies of the materials and protocols we use with our teacherpreneurs.
The Aspiring Superintendents Program
NC School Superintendents Association
Tuesday,10:30-11:45| Pebble Beach
NC School Superintendents Association Executive Director Jack Hoke will share about the program and allow participants to have a Q&A session with three program graduates.
The Education Lottery: In the Business of Possibilities!
N.C. Education Lottery
Monday,2:15-3:30| Colony B
The possibility of winning a prize that could change a day, a week, or perhaps even a life creates the fun that lottery games deliver to North Carolinians every day. That fun helps raise money for public education, creating more possibilities for students to pursue their dreams. Come learn about the business of a lottery, review your lottery’s balance sheet and its bottom line, and see how to track the money raised back to how it benefits your county.
Title IX – 37 Words that Changed the Future
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 banned discrimination based on sex and ushered in an era of greater equity for female students, thereby making it one of our country’s great civil rights accomplishments. While this 46-year-old legislation is often associated with increased support for women’s interscholastic sports, over time it has also been important when responding to issues such as sexual harassment and the treatment of LGBQT students. This session will examine the historic context surrounding Title IX ,as well as its current impact on schools, particularly in the areas of programming, harassment, and sexual diversity.
Translating Theory into Practice
Asheboro City Schools
For the past two school years, all of our schools met or exceeded growth. Our district’s graduation rate ranked in the top 10 of our state. This is due to our philosophy of removing barriers for student success. We remove those barriers through collaboration with our families, faith-based partners, business leaders, educators, and students. Our advisory groups create new information and identify new opportunities that permit orderly change or adjustment. A nurturing, challenging, and supportive school environment provides the nourishment that children need to be healthy, whole, and successful. School experiences can evoke the strengths of children, their families, and their teachers if collaboration is fostered and enhanced. We will share our intentional strategies during the session.
Trauma and the Impact of the Whole Child
Scotland County Schools
Trauma is something that our students face on a daily basis and impacts how they think and act. What are these effects? How do they impact children? What can you do about it?
Use Your Head – Get the Facts about Alcohol and the Teenage Brain
NC ABC Commission
Tuesday,2:30-3:45| Pebble Beach
This presentation and interactive discussion will cover what new science tells us about brain development in adolescents and how alcohol use/abuse impairs learning, as well as the role of educators in addressing the issue of underage drinking.
When the Unimaginable Happens: Dealing with a Tragedy at School
This presentation deals with a tragic accident that occurred on a Central Wilkes Middle School field trip to Washington, D.C., which took place March 8-10, 2018. You will be talked through the details of the trip, from pre-planning the year before the trip to the accident on the evening of March 9 and resulting death of our student on March 15. You will learn how we went about formatting our plan for providing for the needs of the student’s family, our students, our staff, and the community. As a vital part of attempting to heal from our loss, we offer this learning opportunity in hopes that something we say will help another school be more informed in the event of a tragedy.
Where Do I Start? Top 10 Redistricting Strategies!
Rockingham County Schools
During 2016-2018, the Rockingham County Board of Education began a community-involved, transparent process to redistrict their school zones. This session will provide an overview of the process that the board and district followed and will share the lessons learned throughout the process. While no redistricting plan or process is without some level of discomfort and stress, the district’s recent work will provide you with ideas and steategies that could be incorporated into future redistricting needs.
NC Caucus of Black School Board Members