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Concurrent Sessions

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Sunday, March 12
8:00 - 11:30
9:30 - 11:30
12:45 - 1:45


Monday, March 13
8:00 - 9:00
9:15 - 10:15
12:30 - 1:30
1:45 - 2:45
3:00 - 4:00


Sunday, March 12

8:00 - 11:30

Developing Your Skills as a Principal! An Early Career Principal Special Session!
John Edgar - South Central RPDC
Tom Okruch - Southeast RPDC
Room:  Redbud

This special session is specifically designed for first and second year principals participating in a mentor-type program with any of the Regional Professional Development Centers or MAESP’s 123LEAD program. Participants will participate in four distinct interactive learning experiences from the newly developed Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS). These four experiences include:  Clarifying Mission, Vision, and Core Values; Creating an Operational Definition of School Culture; Re-estimating the Effect Size of School Culture; and, Identifying the Elements of School Culture.

The MLDS is a series of professional learning opportunities that targets a broad range of principal experience and relevant practice. When completed, it will serve as a comprehensive system of professional education that includes statewide and regional meetings, school visits, mentoring and other developmental experiences. The MLDS is designed to deliver the training and support necessary to ensure Missouri principals master the essential competencies of principal leadership as outlined in the MLDS framework. This conference session was created as a statewide experience to bring all early career principals together as an integral part of the MLDS professional development provided by regional professional development centers.

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Sunday, March 12
9:30 - 11:30

The HOW of Leadership: Leading Others by Building Influence
Kyle Palmer - Principal, Liberty 53
Room: 60-61

John Maxwell Certified Trainer, speaker and coach Kyle Palmer will lead participants through a session of understanding what leadership TRULY is… building influence with others to gain their commitment, passion, and energy to do the best they can. Too often school leaders know WHAT they want to do, but don't know HOW to go about it.  In this session, Kyle will offer a step-by-step comprehensive framework to understand how to add build influence with others by growing yourself and looking through a different lens of leadership. Don't miss this opportunity to walk away a better LEADER and better connect to those around you.

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Making the Most out of Classroom Observations, Feedback and Training for Teachers
Dr. Patty Corum - Educational Consultant
Room:  63-64

Teaching quality is the number one factor in how much students will learn and develop at school.  In order to improve instructional climate, teaching quality and students’ learning, administrators must be able to give meaningful and on-going feedback to teachers based on high impact, research-based teaching strategies. This session will focus on what to look for in observations and how to give teachers quality feedback that will improve their effectiveness with students.  Participants will also learn ways to provide professional learning for teachers so that lessons have the highest impact.   The State of Missouri has given us seven required principles with which our evaluation systems must comply.  Three of the seven are:  1) training for the evaluators, 2) meaningful feedback to teachers, and 3) research based teaching strategies.  This session will cover all three!

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EdCamp MAESP
Melinda Miller - Principal, Willard Schools
Room:  70-73

Unlike traditional presentations where content is predetermined, EdCamp participants generate the topics for focus during the session, with different individuals facilitating each discussion topic. The format works beautifully to create a session focused on several pressing issues, interests, or needs. Participants choose 2 or 3 focus areas to discuss best practices, resources, networking, etc…
EdCamps are a great way to get energized around topics of interest and result in a session focused on the needs and interests of those who attend. Come and experience the newest wave of professional learning and discuss critical issues and topics you deal with every day as a school leader!

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Trauma Sensitive Schools:  Building a Culture of Hope and Resilience Starts with Adults
Dr.  Michelle Hofmann - Elementary Director, Raymore-Peculiar R-II 
Dr. Al Voelker - Assistant Superintendent, Raymore-Peculiar R-II
Dr. Kristel Barr - Secondary Director, Raymore-Peculiar R-II
Room:74-77

A growing number of our students have experienced trauma in their lives and we see daily in our schools the significant impact this can have on the developing brain.  Fostering resilience in students impacted by trauma, including teaching the missing regulation and coping skills they need, begins with a focus on the culture and self-awareness of the adults working with them.   Share in one district’s successes and challenges with their intentional, multi-year journey with trauma-sensitive culture work.  Equipping adults with time and trauma-informed learning have led to greater staff efficacy with helping children learn skills to cope with trauma and thrive in school.  Presenters will share resources upon which they have drawn.

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Lead Like a Pirate
Beth Houf - Principal, Fulton 58
Room: Parasol II

Learn dynamic strategies to inspire staff, dramatically transform school culture, and build schools where students and staff are running to get in rather than out. This uplifting and motivational session will demonstrate how to take the revolutionary ideas from Teach Like a PIRATE and supercharge them for educational leaders. You will walk away from this enthusiastic session with practical ideas that can be implemented immediately to help you Lead...  Like a PIRATE!

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Sunday, March 12
12:45 - 1:45

Meeting Yourself Without Rose Colored Glasses
Apryll Mendez - Principal, Carondelet Leadership Academy
Shenelle DuBose - Principal, University City Schools
Room:  60-61

Shenelle DuBose and Apryll Mendez are principals in the St. Louis area with a combined administrative experience of more than 15 years.  The past few years have led them on a reflective journey that tackled the issue of cultural relevancy.  DuBose and Mendez created and implemented a professional development series that provided teachers the opportunity to look at the role their own culture plays in their lives and gain an increased perspective of their students’ culture.  DuBose and Mendez would like to share their experiences and the professional development series concept in order to better prepare colleagues for the cultural challenges faced by many administrators.

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Transforming RTI and ESL for ALL Kindergarten Learners
Marcy Schumacher - Teacher, Park Hill
Kate Giovanini - Intervention-Reading Specialist, Park Hill
Kristine Shuey - Teacher, Park Hill
Room:  62

Are students coming to you in kindergarten as readers, non-English speakers and those who do not recognize letters or sounds?  This workshop will take you through the step by step processes to identify the ability level of your diverse learners and how to meet their needs to ensure success.  Our model has helped us to expedite the supports that students receive and quickly close the learning gap.  Get specific ideas to take back to your school that will make a difference!

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Becoming an Instructional  Leader of Your Building
Joseph Sartorius - Associate Professor of Graduate Studies, Southwest Baptist University
Room:  63-64

This is intended to be a “getting started” package to develop skills enabling you to become the instructional leader of your building. Its focus is on strategies to develop a collaborative building working in four areas that have been shown to have a positive impact on school performance and student outcomes. Those areas include:  Collaborative Culture and Climate, Effective Teaching and Learning Practices, Assessments, and Data for Decision Making.

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Video Enhanced Observations to Support Teacher Professional Development
Kerri Fair - Principal, The Soulard School
Stephanie Hampton - Teacher, The Soulard School
Amy Cross - Teacher, The Soulard School
Room:  70-73

In this age of technology, the staff at The Soulard School have taken an innovative approach to the teacher evaluation process.  During this presentation I will share how I first used design thinking to support staff in creating professional development goals for the year and used an online video portal to monitor teacher progress toward that goal. This online-based and iPad friendly video tool allowed Soulard School users to create specific target sets to look for and tag in videos that teachers themselves, or administrators, took during observations or live teaching sessions.  Teachers and administrators were able to share their videos with colleagues and the tags allowed viewers to jump to specific places within the video to support reflection and positive reinforcement of best teaching practices.  As an added bonus, the teachers will soon be able to connect with other educators around the world using the video tool to further analyze and enhance their own teaching methodology.

Handouts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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Recharge PBIS and Align Your Focus!
Melissa Hensley - Principal, Park Hill
Amanda Shanks - Counselor, Park Hill
Room:  74-77

Walk through our building’s journey to create new excitement in PBIS.  Join us as we take you through the key steps of connecting together PBIS with student leadership, Continuous Improvement, a Seven Habits Leader in Me book study, and building and district-level initiatives. See how we weaved all these strands together to create one system which encompasses our mission and values at Renner Elementary to create a highly successful and engaging 21st century learning environment for both staff and students. Come hear how we flourished from Renner PRIDE (Positive, Respectful, In-Control, Determined, Every Day) to It Takes PRIDE to be a LEADER!

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Building Bridges.

Lisa Lennon - Teacher, Rockwood R-VI
Room:  Parasol II

Is your school looking for a way to engage parents of all backgrounds while strengthening reading at the same time?  If so, Building Bridges is the session for you! Bridges is a monthly partnership of staff, volunteers, and Spanish speaking families designed to strengthen community, build capacity of parents to help their children with literacy skills, and provide additional literacy practice for school age and preschool children.

Handouts: 1, 2

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Building a Positive Culture Among Teachers
Tammy Thompson - Principal, North Callaway Co. R-I
Christy Biggers - Principal, North Callaway Co. R-I
Room:  Redbud

Building a positive culture is vital to helping teachers create a successful learning environment.  During this session you will learn how to establish buy-in from teachers and staff members, create a collaborative atmosphere, and learn how to provide a work environment that motivates teachers and staff to want to be their best for their students and school.

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Monday, March 13
8:00 - 9:00


Implementing PBIS in an Early Childhood/Elementary Building
Sara Terrill - Principal, Independence 30
Amy Cox - Principal, Independence 30
Room: 60

Interested in Implementing PBIS in your Early Education or Elementary School?  Amy Cox and Sara Terrill can help you get the process started!  Principals at an Early Childhood Center and Elementary School with the Independence School District, Amy and Sara are both in year 3 of implementation of PBIS with their buildings.  They are excited to share with you strategies for interventions, incentives for students and staff, ideas for professional development for your staff, how to improve buy in from students, staff, and parents, communication tools and much more! This will be a high energy presentation with many resources that principals can take back to their buildings and begin using immediately!

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Painting a True Picture of Meaningful Assessment
Gigi Goodall - Representative, Curriculum Associates
Room: 61

Come to this session to learn how assessment can inform instruction, how data can be tied to instructional resources and how a blended learning environment is attainable to create a positive change in schools.  We will dig deep into these questions: How can assessment effectively be used to identify the needs of every student in math and reading, including both misconceptions and advanced concepts?  Once teachers understand the needs, how is the instruction connected?  How can we target instruction to gain student growth?  What does a positive district culture centered on data look like in schools and classrooms?

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Why Change? Is Good Good Enough?
Jean Meyer - Principal, University Academy
Room: 62

Do you want to be a change agent? Are you content with excuses like:  we scored better than the state average, we are in the top 40% of schools, more than half of my students are proficient or advanced, my students have poor home lives and too much baggage to reach the top 20% or higher, and they cannot read when they come to me. If these thoughts are part of your mindset, don't come to this session because you cannot make a difference. If you want to learn some strategies that my teams and I have used to help turn around two schools (urban and rural) in 5 years, I would love to share the things that we have proven to work and even sustain growth. (STAR Award 2015, Blue Ribbon Nominee 2015, National Blue Ribbon Award 2016)

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Our Journey Towards Trauma Awareness
Rebecca Moppin - Principal, Mexico 59
Christina McCaw - Title I Teacher, Mexico 59
Room: 63

Help…  Relief...  Service...  Support...  Resources...  We have used these words and MORE in regards to our students who are struggling with mental health, trauma and abuse. Exhausted with fruitless efforts and sleepless nights, we've laced up our hiking boots and begun a journey towards trauma awareness through educating ourselves, reaching out to others and good 'ol trial and error. Join us as we share our story and our ideas with the hopes that together, we can be stronger for our students!

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Leverage FREE Curriculum Resources: Join the #GoOpen Movement!
Sandy Leech - Assistant Superintendent, Hollister R-V
Room: 64

Do you need more relevant, engaging, and adaptable curriculum resources?  Do you like the word free?  Then this session is for you!  Come learn about Open Education Resources (OER) and the US Department of Education's #GoOpen movement from an OER Ambassador District.  You will gain an understanding of what these curriculum resources are, where to find them, and how to use them to supplement and/or replace textbooks.  You will also leave with a list of resources to start using right away!

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Using Your School Counselor to Achieve the Most Impact and Best Results for Your Students, Staff and Community
Dr. Sharon Sevier - Missouri School Counselor Association
Room: 70-71

New Missouri bills that passed through the legislature last year involve trauma-informed schools, suicide regulations, and anti-bullying expectations.  Much of that work involves your school counselor.  How can you make sure that your school counselor is working to their maximum effectiveness?  How can you make sure that you have a solid, comprehensive school counseling PROGRAM, and not just a position?  Come to this break-out session to learn about what today’s school counselors are trained to do, and how to maximize their effectiveness for students, staff and school community!

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The Story of a First Year Principal
Lucinda Varner - Principal, Camdenton R-III
Room: 72-73

There are many successes and failures in your first year as a principal.  Do you know the strengths and opportunities for growth in the building?  How will you begin to determine the needs of the building?  What are the first steps in creating a positive and professional work place?  Not sure where to begin?  Many ideas will be shared to address each of the questions you may have about your first year as a principal.

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Reaching Kids in Crisis
Matt Houck - School Care Coordinator & Former Police Detective, Monett R-I
Room:  74-75

Students in crisis present a challenging situation for teachers, administrators, and other school staff, but early intervention can help keep our students safe and on the path to success. Explore the unique role of a "care coordinator" in one school district, as well as the role of the school counselor in identifying students in need and linking them to community resources. Attendees will receive various strategies to connect with difficult students.

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Shaping School Culture and Climate
Denise Funston - Principal, Windsor C-1
Room: 76-77

School culture and climate are two of the most challenging aspects of being a school administrator.  Learn how to differentiate between the two and implement small and large changes to positively impact your school.  Participants will be given the opportunity to share their own successes, and will take away a variety of ready-to-use strategies that can be implemented immediately.

Handouts: 1, 2

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The Goo in Google!

Chandra Arbuckle - Principal, Pleasant Hill R-III
Dr. Becky Gallagher - Assistant Superintendent, Pleasant Hill R-III
Sandra Haight - Principal, Pleasant Hill R-III
Heidi Mackey - Principal, Pleasant Hill R-III
Room:  Parasol II

What makes things stick together and fit nicely with busy schedules and demands for the principalship? All things Google! Find out how to set things up to use your limited time and resources more wisely. From organization, to professional development, to meetings, to communicating with Central Office, your building, and colleagues, this presentation can give you tips and tricks for running your school more efficiently!

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Supporting the Dyslexic Students in Your School
Terry Clinefelter - Founder, Pathways to Reading
Room: Redbud

Dyslexia effects approximately 20% of the student population. Dyslexia is defined as a core deficit of Phonemic Awareness and Phonics.  Accommodations are absolutely necessary but only to allow time for prevention or intervention instructional strategies to occur. Basic prevention and intervention instruction that addresses dyslexia is the primary focus of this presentation.  The presentation also includes an introduction to several screening assessments for dyslexia (i.e. Elision section of the CTOPP; PAST and TOWRE).

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Monday, March 13
9:15 - 10:15


Our Journey to Standards Based Grading
Shanna Eidson - Principal, Seneca R-VII
Will King - Principal, Seneca R-VII
Room: 60

I am the principal at Seneca Elementary School.  My staff and I began our journey to standards based grading two years ago.  I would like to share the steps we took before implementation, the process of implementation, and the results of our successful implementation.   Participants will leave with resources no matter where they are on their journey to Standards Based Grading!

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Recognize Greatness - Increase the Passion
Josh Holt - Principal, Springfield R-12
Crystal Magers - Principal, Springfield R-12
Room: 61

Have you ever felt like your school culture could use a shot of energy? In this session elementary leaders will share how they have worked to increase the positive culture of their building by increasing student recognition opportunities. Leaders will share ways to increase your students own awareness and buy-in to your schools culture.  In this session we will also round table out ideas you have used in your buildings and districts. The goal of this session is for every participant to walk away with at least one idea they can take back to their school and put into action.

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School has Gone to the Dogs
Bryan Campbell - Principal, Lebanon R-III
Lori Ranfeld - Counselor, Lebanon R-III
Sara Cook - Teacher, Lebanon R-III
Whimsey & Morris - Therapy Dogs
Room: 62

Do you have students that have high anxiety, disruptive students, disruptive parents, stressed out teachers? If you have any of these at your school come and see how having a therapy dog at your school can change the culture, promote self-esteem, increase student attendance and help to build relationships to boost achievement.  Maplecrest Elementary will share how the two therapy dogs at their school are an integral part of the staff and how to go about having a therapy dog at your school.

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Arts Integration at Lee Elementary School
Tom Tobias - Arts Education Director, DESE
Ed Elsea - Principal, Columbia Public Schools
Room: 63

Ed Elsea, Principal of Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School and Tom Tobias, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Arts Education Director will collaborate to offer a narrative overview defining arts integration and how it is implemented school wide at Lee Elementary in Columbia Missouri. Emphasis will be placed on communicating how arts integration has had a positive impact at Lee in the areas of student and teacher engagement, faculty collaboration, effectiveness of PLCs, achievement on standardized testing and parent /community involvement.

Participants will be given the opportunity to participate in several collaborative, interactive examples of how arts integration is used in the classroom. Time will be allotted for discussion and questions.

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Dyslexia in the Classroom:  Characteristics and Supports
Kim Stuckey - Dyslexia Specialist, DESE
Room: 64

Meet Kim Stuckey, new Dyslexia Specialist at DESE!  Kim will provide an update for principals on the Dyslexia Task Force created by new legislation and what their recommendations will be for schools in 2017-2017 and beyond!  Find out the updated timeline and preliminary screening information.  She will also share some of the latest research on Dyslexia, to help you distinguish fact from fiction; and provide principals with ideas for supports and accommodations for classrooms (low tech to high tech). Finally, get to know some of the characteristics you should be familiar with in pre-K through grade 5 classrooms.  This should be a very informative session.

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Cost Neutral Models for Employing an Elementary Mathematics Specialist in Your School
Corey Webel, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor,  University of Missouri
Barbara Reyes, Ph.D. - Curators Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri
Room:  70-71

Education researchers from the University of Missouri will present results from a study documenting the impact of certified Elementary Mathematics Specialists (EMS) in Missouri schools. The project specifically investigates the use of EMS in situations where they teach multiple classes of mathematics, a cost-efficient way to capitalize on mathematics teaching expertise. We will share various organizational models for structuring the work of an EMS, as well as data on teacher knowledge and teaching practice for EMS teachers versus comparison teachers at the same schools.

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Creating a Culture Shift: Where All Really Does Mean ALL!

Connie Epperson - Principal, Fulton 58
Robyn Frame - Teacher,  Fulton 58
Helen Jarvis - Reading Recovery,  Fulton Schools
Room: 72-73

Do you have staff that would rather have a pity party than get to the real work of creating a positive change for all students to be successful and grow as learners?  Our school journey started in that very place.  As a PLC, we have grown into a community of high expectations for all learners where decisions are based on what's best for kids, not what's convenient for adults.  In four years, we have moved from really low subgroup achievement to achievement being higher than our non- subgroup achievement.  This last year, sixty two percent of our students fell into the super subgroup category.  Attendees will learn about building the right culture, maintaining strong fidelity, meeting individual student needs, building strong data teams, and utilizing personnel to the maximum.

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Take the Lead with Tech
Joshua Howard - Instructional Technology Facilitator, Fulton 58
Room: 74-75

Our students are using it. We’re buying tons of it. It’s pervasive in our schools. So why aren’t we using it effectively? I’m talking about technology, the thing we all know we should know more about. You’re a 21st century principal; a leader establishing the vision and goals for your school. You should be carrying the banner for technology. Engage teachers and staff with modern and revolutionary practices in professional development. Connect with your local and global community through social media. Lead with digital citizenship practices that set your students up for success in an unpredictable digital world. Advocate for technology that supports student learning. Take the lead with tech, and your school will transform to a place where the 21st century students can achieve the greatest success.

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Having an Impact on Learning: the PR Pro and the Principal
Matt Wachel - Assistant Principal, Park Hill
Kelly Wachel - Public Relations Director, Center School District
Room: 76-77

Increasingly, it seems like there has to be a gimmick to make things stick.  What can we do to sell our schools and make our schools the product of choice?  When you combine a school principal and a school public relations director, the conversation should be a mix of promotion and learning.  This session will help principals understand how to use situations to see both the public relations point-of-view and the principal point-of-view when faced with certain topics.

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All-In for All-Access to PLTW
Chandra Arbuckle - Principal, Pleasant Hill R-III
Dr. Becky Gallagher - Assistant Superintendent, Pleasant Hill R-III
Heidi Mackey - Principal,  Pleasant Hill R-III
Room: Parasol II

Find out how a district can implement Project Lead The Way from the elementary level, with Launch, to the middle school level, with Gateway, up through the high school level with PLTW courses in Engineering, Biomedicine, and Computer Science. With the foundation of Launch and Gateway at the elementary and middle levels, students have the skills necessary to make sound decisions for PLTW career paths at the high school level. Others can learn from the hurtles and successes of rolling out all three levels in the same school year! The implementation of PLTW is an essential piece of moving our STEAM initiative to the next level. We are all-in for all-access to PLTW for students!

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Who Said Poverty and Success Can't Coexist?

Dr. Scott Spurgeon - Superintendent, Riverview Gardens
Sheila Powell-Walker - District Intervention Team Coordinator, Riverview Gardens
Room:  Redbud

National statistics confirm that lower performance is associated with higher poverty rates.  The myth is that poverty and success can't coexist.  Our students walk through our school doors and bring with them a set of life experiences that could negatively impact their learning experience.  Wraparound services are one avenue that will assist schools in meeting the social, emotional, and trauma needs of students.  Come hear how one district is dispelling this myth, overcoming the challenges of high poverty, and a history of low student performance to become the most improved district in the state of Missouri on the Annual Performance Report in 2015 and in 2016 once again scored in the Fully Accredited range after being unaccredited since 2007.

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Monday, March 13
12:30 - 1:30

"Spark" Your Students Passions for Learning
Patrick Fisher - Principal, Rockwood R-VI
Debbie Fox - Teacher, Rockwood R-VI
Emily Webb - Counselor, Rockwood R-VI
Room: 60

“Sparks” describe interests and skills that are engaging and motivating.  Sparks get kids excited and help them tap into their true passions. Through an unique program that highlights staff and students passions we have helped to identify all students' Sparks and to build unique relationships and stronger school community.  This workshop will emphasize a unique way to prepare students to be life-long learners and to help build staff and student connections in a meaningful way around student and staff passions!

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Get Your Gang Googling

Naomi Austin - Principal, Wheaton R-III
Tim Jordan - Principal, Exeter R-VI
Room: 61

Communicating with your staff, students, and community is a breeze with Google.  Use it to collaborate in real time, create surveys for parents, students, and staff.  Disaggregate your data and make a chart quickly.  How about making a badge system to promote technology use in your building? You could even set up Google Classroom for your staff.  Two elementary principals will show you examples of how they use Google in their buildings.  Bring your device, and let's get to Googling. Bonus intro to #appsmashing

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Getting Started With PLTW Launch

Stephanie Valli - Facilitator and Coordinator, Parkway Schools
David Hosick - Senior Affiliate Director, Project Lead The Way, Missouri S & T
Room: 62

Are you wondering what PLTW Launch is all about?  Have you heard about and said, “I'd like to know more”?  Well here's your chance!  In this session you will learn more about Project Lead The Way Launch including hands on opportunities to engage with the materials and see connections to the new MO Learning Standards. Come join us to see what it's all about!

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Principles to Action: Creating Opportunity to Learn Mathematics

Marilyn Cannon - Adjunct Professor, University of Central Missouri
Dr. Ann McCoy - Chair/Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, University of Central Missouri
Room: 63

Students need to experience and share mathematics learning.  Let’s explore eight research-based, high leverage, effective mathematics teaching practices in the context of classroom narratives and student work.  Examine ways to capitalize on student learning, use student mistakes to drive instruction, and create greater student agency.

Handouts:  1, 2, 3, 4

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Composure - Keep Calm & Carry On

Jenni Beck - School Counselor, Raymore-Peculiar R-II
Jennika Miller - Principal, Raymore-Peculiar R-II
Allison Scott - Behavior Interventionist, Raymore-Peculiar R-II
Room: 64

Educators are often stressed and overwhelmed with emotion. The outcome can lead to excuses, punishment, anger, and burn out. Learning and practicing the skill of composure can help! Composure is the state or feeling of being calm and in control of oneself. Using Conscious Discipline as the main resource, you will learn about the power of perception, positive re-framing, how to identify trigger thoughts, how to dig beneath the anger, active calming skills, a basic understanding of how the brain works, mirror neurons, downloading calm to others, and reducing/managing stress. We will end the session with strategies you can implement with your students; these include daily rituals, the language of safety and implementing a calm spot.

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Leading the Transition to Standards Based Grading

Michael Evans - Assistant Superintendent, Monett R-I
Room: 70-71

Thinking about making the change to Standards Based Grading? This session will introduce you to the basics of SBG and discuss the joys, and pains, of moving your school or district to SBG. First tip, don't even mention the "G" word! Tip two, attend this session to learn more about what SBG is, is not, and how to lead the transition to a standards based learning system.

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Detrimental Data - Are You Overlooking the Obvious?

Todd Fraley - Principal, Sedalia 200
Room: 72-73

Data, Data, Data... We talk so much about using data in our educational world that it becomes redundant, redundant, redundant. To top that we are swimming in so much data that we often cannot see the surface and on that surface may lay the solution or at least a portion of it. Just like in a math word problem, sometimes the hardest thing for students to do is analyze the data given and determine the two main things necessary to solve the problem. First, students must decide which data are important to finding the solution and which are not. Second, students must know what to do with the data, or how the data need to interact, in order to solve the problem. Instructional leaders must also apply those same skills in determining which data is really needed to fill achievement gaps. Do we dig deep enough? Or is the most effective data mining really lay on the surface? Is the obvious data about individual students that is impeding the learning process too often ignored? How do we effectively intertwine social, emotional, behavioral, and the other basic needs of our students into the RTI process?

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The School Leader's Guide to Social Media

Joshua Howard - Instructional Technology Facilitator, Fulton 58
Room: 74-75

How do you currently use social media in your school? In an increasingly connected world, it is essential to have an answer to this question. Some schools use Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about school news and upcoming events. Maybe you use blogs to share information about school projects. Whatever the method, creating connections via social media is a tool that school leaders must take advantage of. Join us as we learn how to increase productivity with staff, improve communication with families, and connect to the greater community in an essential and natural way through the use of social media tools.

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It's All About Relationships!

Steve Waigand - Principal, Rock Port R-II
Troy Dunn - Principal, Savannah R-III
Room: 76-77

Building positive relationships are important to improve classroom management, increase student engagement, and promote academic achievement.  Building positive relationships with everyone in the school community is simply the best thing we can do first! Join us for some fun and practical ways to improve relationships with your students and staff.

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Leaders as Facilitators:  Enhancing Your Own Facilitation Toolbox

Jennee Gregory - Continuing Education, NPDC
Beccy Baldwin - Director, Northwest RPDC
Room: Parasol II

We know how important it is for classroom teachers to be "facilitators" of learning.  We also know that it is just as important for school leaders to be effective "facilitators" in their many roles.  Are you looking to enhance your own facilitation toolbox?  If you are looking for techniques and processes to support collaboration and professional learning among staff, parents and community, this is the session for you!  If you are simply wanting to jazz up how you run your future staff meetings, this is the session for you!  You will be modeled a variety of strategies and techniques that can be used immediately to allow for any form of collaboration to be meaningful, engaging and productive.

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Restorative Justice

Christi Swick - Attorney, Mickes O’Toole
Room: Redbud

Traditional one-size-fits-all punitive discipline can lead to repeated unwanted student behavior, lack of student accountability to the school community and individuals, and poor conflict resolution skills among students.  Restorative Justice turns traditional discipline models upside-down, focusing on communication, accountability and repair of broken relationships.  In this session, attendees will learn what the Restorative model looks like in action and how to obtain staff, student and community buy-in to achieve better relationships and behavior.

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Monday, March 13
1:45 - 2:45


Beyond Writing Workshop: Goal Setting with Student Authors
Paul Godwin - Principal, Rockwood R-VI
Megan Eckelkamp - Teacher, Rockwood R-VI
Room: 60

Do you have struggling or reluctant writers in your building?  Do you have teachers wanting ideas to help with writing instruction? Join us to learn how Professional Learning Communities can support teachers in establishing clear expectations, developing appropriate goals for young writers, and implementing writing tools to foster a passion for writing even in the youngest of authors.  Walk away with rubrics, writing samples, and checklists that can be utilizes immediately in the classroom.

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Data Days of our Lives

Cindy Carey - Principal, Sullivan School District
Megen Booker - Assistant Principal, Sullivan School District
Room: 61

Keep your staff's interactions with data drama free!  Join this session hosted by Sullivan Primary administrators who will share their process of moving from staff partial buy-in of RtI and data decision making to strong fidelity.  You will learn about the journey to and the logistics of truly productive data days where faculty and administrators engage in focused and purposeful conversations about intervention and enrichment for ALL students.

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Learning & Growing Together - PLTW Launch in Rural Schools

Stacy Walker - Teacher, Rock Port R-II
Debi Korell - NW RPDC
Steve Waigand - Principal, Rock Port R-II
Room: 62

In small rural districts teachers sometimes feel they cannot take on new initiatives like PLTW Launch.  They often are the only teacher at the grade level and do not have the time or support to problem-solve grade specific issues.  This is an opportunity to hear of how the Rock Port School District, with the support of the Northwest Regional Professional Development Center (NWRPDC), resolved this dilemma.  Come learn how one rural district has taken its collaboration with the NWRPDC to make PLTW Launch work within their school to promote and develop inspiration, engagement and empowerment among students, teachers and community.

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How Do I Fit All This in for 1st Year Principals

Dr. Tina Turner - Principal, Richland R-IV
Room: 63

This presentation will look at time-task analysis and developing daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly calendars to cover all the necessary tasks that must be completed.  While administrators must be flexible and items will always arise, through time task analysis and calendar planning they can allot more time to a priority list.  Participants will leave the class session with calendars listing common tasks of principals to include: observations, answering emails, reading with students, and analyzing data just to name a few.

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From the "Place to Leave" to the "Place to Be”... The Difference is in the Culture!

Samantha Hamilton- Principal, Neosho R-V
Vanessa Harris - Teacher, Neosho R-V
Elaine Branham - Teacher, Neosho R-V
Rebekah Griffith - Teacher, Neosho R-V
Room: 64

Culture! The first thing any school leader should focus on!  In this session you will hear how an elementary school focused on and improved their school culture and went from the place no one wanted to go to the place people request to be!

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ELL Update: Strategies for All Administrators

Ryan Rumpf - ELL Director, DESE
Room: 70-71

This interactive presentation will prepare attendees with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenge of welcoming ELs and their families into your school community. Whether your district is 0% or 50% LEP, you will leave this presentation with crucial next steps and informative resources as you develop your language assistance program. The objectives will include the most recent demographic and achievement data, appropriate program procedures, strategies and tools for administrators, and the most up-to-date ESSA developments regarding ELLs.

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Student Growth with a Google Data Workbook
Jonathon Lee - EducationPlus
Room: 72-73

As educators, it is important to know our impact.  We need to use results of assessments to drive our instruction and meet the needs of all students.  This session will look at a data workbook that has the 6 steps of the data decision making model built-in.  The workbook also makes results visible and allows teams to track multiple groups of students.  Come see how grade level teams all over the state are using this workbook.

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Multi-age Classrooms: Success and Challenges

Sandy Seipel - Principal, Northwest MO State University
Room: 74-75

Many rural schools are challenged with enrollment decreases and funding issues. Looking beyond the traditional system of education can provide opportunities for schools.  The topic of multi-age/multi-grade classrooms surfaces in many of these conversations.  What is the difference between multi-age and multi-grade classrooms? How does a multi-age classroom meet student needs? Can an effective multi-age classroom lessen disciplinary incidents and create confident, respectful learners? Can integrated curriculum provide an environment that focuses on project-based student-centered learning experiences focused on the developmental needs of every child? This session will answer these questions and provide information about multi-age classrooms.

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Integrating Technology and Growth Mindset into Your Math Curriculum Through  Partnerships

Peter Cipkowski - Vice President of Education, Imagine Learning
Susan Ryan - Area Partnership Manager, Imagine Learning
Room: 76-77

Are you ready to drive motivation and success in mathematics? Join us for a discussion on the ten characteristics of an exceptional classroom and how you can see growth in all students. This session will include strategies and partnership ideas leaders can take directly back to their schools with examples from successful  Missouri educators.

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Keeping the Focus:  Engaging Kids with Low Executive Functioning Skills

Chelsea Clark - Clinical Instructor, University of Missouri
Room: Parasol II

According to the National Center for Education Research, executive functioning skills have become the focus of research for many psychologists, neuroscientists and education providers.

Recent teacher survey results in a mid-Missouri county have found that more than 15% of students, grades K-12, are easily distracted; more than 10% have trouble concentrating and have poor organizational skills; and subsequently, more than 10% show poor academic performance.  Additionally, more than 20% of students in grades 6 and above do not complete assignments.

Executive functioning skills have been linked to school readiness, school performance, and social competence, better physical health and fewer drug-related problems and criminal convictions in adulthood.

In this session, we will discuss how to address the wide array of executive functioning skills related to the above outcomes at each level of intervention- universal, targeted and individual.  Much emphasis will be given on the universal or preventative level.  Strategies will be feasible for a school setting and easily modified to fit your specific building and teachers.

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Social Media
Christi Swick - Attorney, Mickes O’Toole
Room: Redbud

Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat…  The list of social media outlets available to students is endless and ever-changing.  In this session, attendees will learn how to effectively use social media in the classroom while maintaining appropriate boundaries with students and safeguarding staff and the district from unwanted bullying, harassment and First Amendment complaints.

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Monday, March 13
3:00 - 4:00


Student Loan Forgiveness and Financial Wellness
Kelly Ruwe - Representative, Horace Mann
Room: 60

Are your educators struggling to make student loan payments? Have you lost quality educators because of  new teacher salaries and growing amounts of personal debt? Did you know that a student will graduate college with around $37,000 in debt. Frequently, this financial challenge drives new teachers away from the profession as they struggle to make loan payments on a new teacher’s salary. This also provides a daunting challenge to retain quality teachers and build a strong veteran staff. Attend this session where Horace Mann will outline student loan forgiveness programs for qualifying educational employees (administration, teachers and support staff).  We will also explain how to leverage Student Loan Savings to prepare your employees for Financial Wellness.

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Genius Hour: The Purpose, the Plan, and the Projects

Bobby McCutcheon - Principal, Independence 30
Room: 61

Genius hour allows students to be in charge of their own learning by self-selecting projects based on their own personal passion.  Students become experts in their chosen field by connecting with real world experts as well as through rigorous online research.  Genius Hour sparks critical thinking and problem-solving and leads to high levels of student engagement.  This session explores the purpose behind Genius Hour, the plan on how you can effectively implement it in your school, and examples of student projects.

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A School Day in the Life of Milli, a Professional Therapy Dog

Amy Hawley - Principal, Independence 30
Room: 62

Meet Milli, a certificated professional therapy dog that has a profound impact on our elementary school community. Milli's handler, Amy Hawley, Procter Elementary's principal will share how Milli assists students everyday with learning and support of students' social-emotional needs within a trauma sensitive school. Milli and Mrs. Hawley are a certificated service dog team by CARES, Inc., as applicable to the Missouri and Kansas state statues and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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How to Say 'F' You and Go to 'H' to Bullies

Brent Doolin - Principal, Adair County R-I
Room: 63

The F stands for Forgiveness and the H stands for Humor.  Through the power of Habit 1 Be Proactive, teach students the power of forgiveness in overcoming their struggle with bullies and also how to use humor and other coping skills to be assertive in responses.

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Changing the Culture of Your Building

Amy Cox - Principal, Independence 30
Room: 64

Principals often face the challenge of changing the culture of their building.  Staff can become complacent, have a sense of "entitlement", lack accountability, all of which can have negative impacts on the culture and climate of a building.  In this session, we will discuss how to overcome these obstacles, how to meet staff where they are (the 50 yard line rule), what filters are and how to effectively communicate with staff, how to focus on the positive and do what is best for students.  This will be an interactive session that will give principals tools to handle difficult conversations with staff.

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Sales & Leadership - A Principal of Change

Anne Billington - Principal, Grundy County R-V
Room: 70-71

Catch this school administrator coming from the business world, covering 18 states for 5 years, and transferring back into the field of education as a school administrator in an at-risk school. As a school administrator, one must have quality people skills and the ability to be a transformational change agent. Much like the world of sales, if you do not believe in your product "education" then how can you sell it. I will share my obsession of being a "Principal of Change."

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Balance: Teaching and Testing

Kimberley Rodriguez - Principal, Blair Oaks R-II
Room 72-73

One of the main challenges that educators face is time: time to teach the skills and content required by the state standards and time for test preparation. How do we keep the balance?

The presenter will propose that the state standards be addressed in every lesson and that application of the skills be required. The Depth of Knowledge theory will be explored in a practical way so that the lessons presented are rigorous enough to match the expectations of the tests and to prepare the students for the project based work and extended tasks they will be presented with in higher grades, college, and careers.

Teaching response writing effectively will help give students what they need to be successful in most areas of assessments.

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Social Justice: The Power of Student Voice

Sandy Seipel - Principal, Northwest Missouri State University
Meghan Hummel - Pre-Service Teacher,  Northwest Missouri State University
Nino Coniglio and Boyd Gallaher - Students, Horace Mann Laboratory School
Room: 74-75

Fifth and sixth grade students and pre-service teachers at Northwest Missouri State University share their collaborative work with a social justice project that is impacting their lives and the lives of people around them. They explored social justice issues through research, interviews with experts in the field, collaborative activities, written reports, videos, and presentations. Integrated learning exceeds Missouri Learning Standards and helps build the leaders of tomorrow.  The students used a quote from President Obama (September, 2016) as their catalyst, “…I’d rather have young people that are engaged in the argument and trying to think through how they can be part of our democratic process than people just sitting on the sidelines not participating at all.”

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Data, Donuts and The Leader in Me!

VeAnn Tilson - Lights on Education/Schoolrunner
Lynn Weber - Lights on Education/Schoolrunner
Amanda Sullivan - Teacher, Union R-XI
Ashley Sieve - Teacher, Union R-XI
Room:  76-77

Data is important, but it’s how you use it that counts! With so much information surrounding student attendance, performance, standards based grading, mastery and behavior, teachers often have to synthesize and combine data across multiple systems.  Schoolrunner aspires to do the legwork for educators, bringing together data so teachers and administrators can track a variety of student information in one place and spend their valuable time interacting with students.

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AT RISK STUDENTS...  "Help is on the Way, DEAR!"

Stacy Fick - Principal, Hallsville R-IV
Room: Parasol II

Join this session for practical, low cost ways to help your at-risk students achieve higher, receive specific interventions and attend school more frequently. We will share our CARE Team approach, our attendance motivator, and our MAP Test prep plans. This session is perfect for fresh ideas on helping our At-Risk students experience the success they deserve. Leave with ideas to implement immediately!

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Tech Tools for Leaders
Carrie Reich - Principal, Grain Valley R-V
Kacie Pennington - Assistant Principal, Grain Valley R-V
Room: Redbud

This montage of tools and how to use them will surely light a spark on how to make your daily life run more smoothly.  There is something for everyone as we work through a laundry list of several tech tools and provide information on a few more to explore on your own.

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