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2018 SAI Annual Conference and Exhibits
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center
833 5th Ave., Des Moines

Online registration has closed, you may register onsite at the Conference.

Conference Agenda

Tuesday, August 7

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Pre-Conference - Coherence - Joanne Quinn
Leaders who thrive in turbulent, complex times develop learners who can innovate, apply thinking to new situations, and contribute to the betterment of humanity. Explore a coherence framework for building your team’s capacity to deepen student learning. Consider the right drivers for leading coherent change: Focusing direction that gets you into the game; cultivating collaborative cultures to provide a pathway for change; deepening learning as the core strategy for affecting student learning; and securing accountability that is essential to measure growth and answer to yourselves and the public. This interactive session will use video, simulations, and case examples to examine strategies for developing learning cultures that support whole-system change. Drawing upon exemplars, the session will feature insights into innovation that transforms learning and leadership.

Wednesday, August 8

8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Exhibits, including Techknowledgy Bar feature!

Stick around for a buffet of presentations featuring technology tools to support your communication efforts, your leadership in professional learning and your organization.

8 - 9 a.m. - Dedicated exhibit time

8 - 8:45 a.m. - #IAedchat

#IAedchat is a weekly Twitter discussion that takes place at 8 p.m. every Sunday focused on the latest trends in education. The last Sunday of the month the #IAedchat team hosts a live show with authors, practitioners, students and leaders in the field of education. Join the #IAedchat co-hosts for a special edition of this Twitter exchange originating from the conference. Visit http://tinyurl.com/iaedchat for more information. 

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Bookstore Open

9 a.m. - First General Session - Strengths 2.0 - Applying Design Thinking to Individual Team Strengths and Weaknesses - John Coyle
Consider the adage “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Is it time for a new approach? Through the metaphor of sport, learn how individuals and teams can use innovation approaches to identify and leverage their unique strengths (and design around weaknesses). Become empowered to 1) solve old problems in new ways and achieve breakthrough results; 2) decide what to delegate or outsource; and 3) achieve greater collaboration with staff and colleagues. 

10:45 a.m. - Noon - Thought Leaders

Innovation Kryptonite: The "Knower vs. the "Learner" Leadership Styles - John Coyle
Well-intentioned behaviors sometimes can lead to unintended negative consequences: Want to shift your team and your culture to become more creative and innovative? Join us for this compelling breakout session. Based on psychological frameworks from Carol Dweck of Stanford and research from Judith Glaser, innovation expert John K. Coyle will define the key characteristics of the "Knower" mindset (closed to innovation) and the "Learner" mindset (open to innovation), and share language, tools and behaviors to encourage creativity, engagement and innovation to flourish.

Adversity and the Brain - Lori Desautels
The brain, behavior, stress, engagement and learning are intimately connected! Come learn about a framework that integrates applied educational neuroscience research and strategies to better reach all children and adolescents challenged with emotional, behavioral, cognitive and social needs. Both educators and students can apply the research and strategies in their own lives building hope, resiliency and positive emotion. 

It's all about Implementation: The Role of Collective Efficacy - Jenni Donohoo
Successful educational reforms are defined by deep levels of implementation of what is known to work best in systems, schools and classrooms. When educators share a sense of collective efficacy it results in deeper implementation of high-leverage leadership and instructional practices. System and school leaders’ efforts toward successful reforms are better served by strategically and intentionally considering how to foster collective efficacy throughout the enactment and assessment of change initiatives. In this session, we will examine ways to foster collective efficacy through an intelligent, responsive leadership stance and develop a theory of action for fostering collective efficacy in support of deeper implementation in your schools/districts.

Leading the Transformation - Amy Dujon
Amy Dujon, author of The Gritty Truth of School Transformation discusses critical phases of school transformation grounded in the context of her own two-year process as principal and leading the work in districts nationwide. The school became a local and national model for student-centered classrooms with rigorous core instruction, resulting in significant improvements in student achievement and improved teacher morale. Participants will explore practical tools and tips for navigating lasting instructional change that help students meet the unique challenges of the future.

Disrupting Poverty: The Leader's Role - William Parrett and Kathleen Budge
In this session, the authors will share insight and strategies from their new ASCD book, Disrupting Poverty: 5 Powerful Classroom Strategies and previous best-selling ASCD book, Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools. Any leader who has “been in the business” for more than even a handful of years has likely witnessed the sobering increase in the number of students who live in poverty and knows his or her job has become far more challenging as a result. “Disrupting poverty” might sound like an audacious claim; nonetheless, participants will explore the Framework for Action which stemmed from studying high-poverty, high-performing schools and also delve into the five key aspects of school and classroom culture found to contribute to both student and school success. You will emerge inspired and equipped with structures, strategies, and tools gleaned from successful leaders and teachers, many of whom grew up in poverty, for disrupting poverty’s adverse influence on lives and learning.

Changing the Narrative - Joe Sanfelippo
When is the last time something amazing happened in your school? How many people knew about it? The work done in schools all across the globe is spectacular. Kids gather…learn…leave…and make the world we live in a better place. So…amazing things happen all the time. School perception is often based on the narrative of those who attended years ago. Telling the real story of schools helps create a narrative that builds culture and gives everyone in your community an identity. Utilizing social media and empowering those around you to be the storytellers of your district is a great way to celebrate the success of students with parents and the community. FIND YOUR AUDIENCE...BUILD YOUR BRAND...CELEBRATE KIDS!

Breaking With Tradition: The Shift to Competency Based Learning in PLCs at Work - Brian Stack
Traditional school models, those that have served generations of America’s youth, have left today’s educators with tough questions to grapple with. Does your school have the structures in place to effectively prepare today’s students for the unknown needs of tomorrow’s society? In this session, a school leader who helped develop a nationally-recognized K-12 competency-based learning model will provide participants with concrete information and realistic next steps towards developing their own competency-based learning system in their schools.

Noon - 2 p.m. - Visit the exhibits!

Noon - 3 p.m. - Techknowledgy Bar Mini Sessions

1:00-1:15 - Google Keep - #mostversatile - Joni Ehm & Stephanie Lane, GHAEA
Keep notes, bookmarks, lists, images and more using this mobile app and website. Take voice notes. Share and collaborate on notes, insert anything you “Keep” into Google Docs. 

1:20-1:35 - Share Your School with VR - Gina Rogers & Stacy Behmer, Grant Wood AEA
There are a few ways you can share your school with others using 360 images. Come see a couple ways it can be done and how your own virtual tours can be used!

1:40-1:55 - Social Media and Mental Health - Marisa Dahl, Heartland AEA
We will only scratch the surface on how social media is affecting our youth. You will leave this session with some important facts and topics to discuss with administrators, teachers, and students.

2:00-2:15 - Digital Age Discourse -  Leslie Pralle Osborn, Prairie Lakes AEA
Tools and strategies for creating a classroom, building, or district culture in which we all (adults and students alike) have the ability to disagree and be respectful!

2:20-2:35 - Time is Valuable - Get the Most out of Your Google Calendar - Stacy Behmer & Gina Rogers, Grant Wood AEA
If you live by your calendar, there are some tricks to help you maximize your time for meetings which will free up time for other things!

2:40-2:55 - Email Efficiency Tips & Tricks - Stacy Behmer & Gina Rogers, Grant Wood AEA
There are tools built into Gmail to help support workflow and efficiency. Let’s look at a few that will give you some time back and get down to inbox zero!

2 - 3:15 p.m. - Thought Leaders 

Adversity and the Brain - Lori Desautels
The brain, behavior, stress, engagement and learning are intimately connected! Come learn about a framework that integrates applied educational neuroscience research and strategies to better reach all children and adolescents challenged with emotional, behavioral, cognitive and social needs. Both educators and students can apply the research and strategies in their own lives building hope, resiliency and positive emotion. 

It's all about Implementation: The Role of Collective Efficacy  - Jenni Donohoo
Successful educational reforms are defined by deep levels of implementation of what is known to work best in systems, schools and classrooms. When educators share a sense of collective efficacy it results in deeper implementation of high-leverage leadership and instructional practices. System and school leaders’ efforts toward successful reforms are better served by strategically and intentionally considering how to foster collective efficacy throughout the enactment and assessment of change initiatives. In this session, we will examine ways to foster collective efficacy through an intelligent, responsive leadership stance and develop a theory of action for fostering collective efficacy in support of deeper implementation in your schools/districts.

Leading the Transformation - Amy Dujon
Amy Dujon, author of The Gritty Truth of School Transformation discusses critical phases of school transformation grounded in the context of her own two-year process as principal and leading the work in districts nationwide. The school became a local and national model for student-centered classrooms with rigorous core instruction, resulting in significant improvements in student achievement and improved teacher morale. Participants will explore practical tools and tips for navigating lasting instructional change that help students meet the unique challenges of the future.

Disrupting Poverty: The Leader's Role - William Parrett and Kathleen Budge
In this session, the authors will share insight and strategies from their new ASCD book, Disrupting Poverty: 5 Powerful Classroom Strategies and previous best-selling ASCD book, Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools. Any leader who has “been in the business” for more than even a handful of years has likely witnessed the sobering increase in the number of students who live in poverty and knows his or her job has become far more challenging as a result. “Disrupting poverty” might sound like an audacious claim; nonetheless, participants will explore the Framework for Action which stemmed from studying high-poverty, high-performing schools and also delve into the five key aspects of school and classroom culture found to contribute to both student and school success. You will emerge inspired and equipped with structures, strategies, and tools gleaned from successful leaders and teachers, many of whom grew up in poverty, for disrupting poverty’s adverse influence on lives and learning.

Changing the Narrative - Joe Sanfelippo
When is the last time something amazing happened in your school? How many people knew about it? The work done in schools all across the globe is spectacular. Kids gather…learn…leave…and make the world we live in a better place. So…amazing things happen all the time. School perception is often based on the narrative of those who attended years ago. Telling the real story of schools helps create a narrative that builds culture and gives everyone in your community an identity. Utilizing social media and empowering those around you to be the storytellers of your district is a great way to celebrate the success of students with parents and the community. FIND YOUR AUDIENCE...BUILD YOUR BRAND...CELEBRATE KIDS!

Breaking With Tradition: The Shift to Competency Based Learning in PLCs at Work - Brian Stack
Traditional school models, those that have served generations of America’s youth, have left today’s educators with tough questions to grapple with. Does your school have the structures in place to effectively prepare today’s students for the unknown needs of tomorrow’s society? In this session, a school leader who helped develop a nationally-recognized K-12 competency-based learning model will provide participants with concrete information and realistic next steps towards developing their own competency-based learning system in their schools.

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Second General Session - Broadcasting Happiness - Michelle Gielan
Effective, positive communication is the single biggest driver of success at work. New research in the fields of neuroscience and positive psychology is showing the incredible ripple effect positive communication can have on employee engagement, productivity, and happiness at work. During this interactive keynote, Michelle will share scientifically based strategies to:
• Inoculate your brain against stress and negativity
• Retrain your brain to recognize and better capitalize on current resources
• Make impactful verbal and non-verbal changes to your leadership style
• Fuel performance in others through high-impact praise
• Shift the school social script to create a talent-enhancing environment
• Boost employee engagement, productivity, and work satisfaction

5 to 7 p.m. - SAI Reception at the Hilton Des Moines Downtown

Thursday, August 9

8:30 - 9:20 a.m. - Special Interest Sessions

Leveraging TLC to Grow District Initiatives - Rock Valley CSD
After four successful years of TLC, come to see how Rock Valley is transforming classrooms with the use of instructional coaches and innovative practices. Learn about our Laboratory Classroom concept for modeling strategies and game-changing professional learning such as Rocket University and Individual PD Day.

A Journey to Collective Capacity - Red Oak CSD
Gayle Allensworth, 2018 Elementary Principal of the Year, will outline her school's journey to greater collective capacity. She will elaborate on the cultural, instructional and leadership practices that have directly impacted student learning after their voluntary Differentiated Accountability visit from the Department of Education.

Technology Tools "The What" - Iowa's AEAs and LEA administrators
Digital tools can be used in a variety of ways to create capacity and build professional learning for staff. In the first of a two-part session, administrators will share why and how they use tools to help build the capacity of their teams and how the tools may help increase their efficiency. School administrators will show an easy time tracking add-on they use to track how their time is being spent. A principal will share how he uses Google Classroom to engage staff with professional learning. Yet another principal will share his uses of Flipgrid to support staff learning and to build a culture. You may stay for the follow-up session which will provide the opportunity to get hands-on with the tools shared, so you walk away ready to use the tools this school year!

Twice Exceptional (2e) - Building Program Capacity Districtwide - Waterloo CSD
Twice exceptional (2e) learners are a unique and growing population. The Waterloo Community School District rolled out a district-wide plan that includes identification, programming, and support for students who are discrepant from their peers in both areas of strength and need. The dichotomy of a 2e learner often leaves parents, students, teachers, and administrators asking; what more can we do?

8:30 - 9:20 a.m. - Special Interest Sessions

Connections: Critical Leadership Component in Iowa
This session will provide administrators with information and resources regarding various statewide endeavors that are intended to revise and improve support for school leaders in Iowa. You will have the opportunity to contribute, ask questions and offer targeted feedback.

IPERS Annual Update
Today's presentation will provide a financial update on the IPERS $31 billion trust fund, including a full explanation of the funding plan, how the plan is governed and what's on the horizon. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.

9 - 10:20 a.m. - Practitioner Panel - Go Open: From the Ground Up - Kristina Ishmael
More than 100 K-12 districts have committed to use Open Educational Resources (OER) to increase equity, keep content relevant, empower teachers, and save money. Together they form a network sharing insights, strategies, and content. This session highlights several districts in their process of going open, from the ground up.

9:30 - 10:20 a.m. - Promising Practices

Change Management and Continuous Improvement in Education - Pella CSD
Pella School uses a continuous improvement process to help manage change in the system. Learn how your district can use a CI model to impact how improvement is implemented.

Using Evidence-Based Practices to Engage Families - Fort Dodge CSD
Join us for a session rich in dialogue regarding our journey with enhanced family engagement practices. We will talk about how to use multiple forms of communication and data to enhance family engagement practices at all levels.

Innovation: A Blended Secondary Approach - Linn-Mar CSD
Innovation is not an event; it is building system capacity for teachers and students. The session will provide an overview of innovation at the secondary level. Participants will have the opportunity to focus on one specific area:  HS Blended Learning, MS PBIS, and MS Standards Based Grading. Linn-Mar will host an innovation day in October.

Technology Tools "The How" - Iowa's AEAs and LEA administrators
Administrators are using Flipgrid, Google Classroom and add-ons like Timesheet for Google Docs to help them create capacity and build professional learning for their staff. Come learn how to use these digital tools. Take a deep dive into one or learn about all of these tools and be ready to get hands-on, so you can walk away ready to use the tools this school year! Please bring your devices to the session. (You do not have to have attended “The What” session to engage in this one!)

Schoolwide Behavior Collaboration - Davenport CSD
How to create a PLC that is systemically designed for teachers to collaborate around student behaviors and interventions. Session presenters will share documents, flow charts, presentations, as well as tier 2 and tier 3 behavior intervention forms for a systemic approach to behavior MTSS.

9:30 - 10:20 a.m. - Special Interest Session

Drawing the Line: Ethical Boundaries for Educators - BoEE Staff
Educators enter the profession with an innate desire to do what’s best for students, but even the most experienced and committed educators have trouble recognizing ethical dilemmas. Through an interactive case study analysis, participants in this session will explore the delicate balance of making meaningful connections with students while staying within professional boundaries.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.  - Current Legal Issues: Creating Capacity to Lead with Confidence - Matt Carver
SAI Legal Services Director Matt Carver will highlight some of the recent court decisions, new laws and other important legal issues impacting Iowa’s schools. How will these matters affect your role as a school administrator, and what are some legal best practices to help you and your team of educators create capacity for the year ahead?