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2017 SAI Annual Conference and Exhibits
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center
833 5th Ave., Des Moines


Watch these interviews with thought leaders and the Pre-Conference presenter to learn more about what they'll share with you in August.



Online registration has closed, you may register onsite.

List of Conference exhibitors

Preliminary Agenda

Tuesday, August 1

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Pre-Conference - Leadership Team Workshop: Embracing a 21st Century Vision and Making It Happen - Ken Kay

Achieving 21st-century readiness for every student requires a shared vision among the district and building leaders, as well as teacher leaders. In this interactive and engaging workshop, PK-12 participants will have the opportunity to work on developing a 21st-century vision for their district, as well as begin an implementation plan that will bring it to life. 

Attendees will leave with the following concrete deliverables:

●      The development of a Profile of a Graduate for their district and implications for all grade levels PK-12

●      A community engagement strategy for their newly created Profile of a Graduate

●      The development of a next-steps strategy for implementation

Participants will also work with a creativity rubric and a “problem solving” performance task to help them envision concrete tools they can use in the implementation process.

Please join us for an interactive experience of learning that will help you and your team refine your vision and your strategies in district transformation for preparing your students for their 21st-century lives.  

Wednesday, August 2

8 a.m. - 4 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.

AEA staff will be available for Q&A from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Presentations and demonstrations will be held from 1 - 3 p.m.

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. #IAedchat was founded in 2013 by Aaron Becker, Jimmy Casas and Matt Degner, and is now moderated by Dan Butler, Colin Wikan and Andrea Townsley. 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 - Harnessing Your Power to Create Change - Derreck Kayongo

As founder of the Global Soap Project, Derreck Kayongo has built a multi-million dollar venture which takes recycled soap and distributes it through global health programs to people who lack access to it around the world. He breaks down the key factors that have led to his personal success: S.E.L.F. - Service, Education, Leadership and Faith and shares his account of life as a Ugandan refugee and the turning point which lead him to a brilliant transformation as a social entrepreneur.

He calls upon audiences to stop complaining and to start taking responsibility, to consistently seek opportunities to improve, and most importantly, to maintain faith in yourself and your team to create an environment where everyone is empowered to thrive. He will bring you on an emotional journey—there will be tears of joy; most of the time, laughter. But every time, the story is real.

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

Engaging Stakeholders to Sustain School Change - Suzie Boss

A number of trends—including makerspaces, project-based learning, design thinking, blended learning—have the potential to disrupt traditional notions of school. As educators consider approaches to better meet the needs of today’s learners, we can’t afford to leave stakeholders out of the conversation. In this session, we will explore strategies for stakeholder engagement shared by school leaders from diverse contexts. Short case studies will help participants consider their own strategies for engaging a coalition of the willing to partner in the change process. Participants will begin to craft their own future stories to communicate and sustain their community’s vision for engaged learning.

Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap - Paul Gorski

Using the equity literacy framework (designed to strengthen educators’ literacy related to equity), we will consider how approaches for addressing educational outcome disparities might shift when we begin with deeper understandings of the barriers experienced by our most economically marginalized students. We will consider how subtle deficit views impede our abilities to create truly equitable learning environments for all students. Finally, we will consider practical strategies for eliminating outcome disparities across socioeconomic status.

Organizing Parents toward Meaningful Action - Parents for Great Iowa Schools

How do you enlist the support of parents and community members in advocating on behalf of your school and all Iowa schools? What does it mean to encourage participation in responsible and respectful advocacy for Iowa public school students? Learn how to connect and collaborate with parents and community members to work toward achieving a strong, statewide public education system and well-educated Iowa youth. 

Train Ugly: The Power of Mindset - How to Win the Battle Between Your Ears and Get Better at Learning - Trevor Ragan

How does learning really work? Why do we avoid some of the best learning opportunities? How do we embrace our own learning opportunities and help others to do the same? Delve into the concept of growth mindset and learning to discover the key to becoming a great learner and leader of learners.

Creating an SEL School - Carla Tantillo Philibert

Please join Carla Tantillo Philibert, founder of Mindful Practices and author of Cooling Down Your Classroom and Everyday SEL to learn effective Social-Emotional Learning tools that help administrators, educators and students feel more present, focused and ready to learn. Philibert's session will explore and define what "ready to learn" looks and sounds like in the classroom and school setting. Participants will learn various ways to implement SEL at the administrative level, including Philibert's research-based POP Chart, an SEL tool used by educators to boost student self-awareness, self-regulation and interpersonal skills. The session will also provide SEL strategies that can be implemented schoolwide to create a more calm and focused learning environment for all. 

Starting a Movement: Building Culture From the Inside Out in Professional Learning Communities - Ken Williams

A common challenge for schools is figuring out how to transition from a culture of compliance to a culture of commitment, from ‘learning for some’ to ‘learning for ALL.’  These gaps are bridged in a Culture of Collective Responsibility. Ken Williams engages teachers, principals and superintendents in high-leverage best practices that help schools and districts make shared purpose their primary lens and their North Star.

Collective responsibility requires much more than clichés, slogans and catchphrases. It requires that the moral imperative of your work to course through every aspect of your school’s culture. Learn how to have your posters reflect your practice.

Discover how to quiet the noise and focus on the handful of high-leverage collective commitments that will help you build a culture of learning for all. Learn how to LIVE your posters and really deliver on the promise education should offer every student. This session is not for the faint of heart... or for defenders of the status quo. For all others, get ready for a transformational experience.

Noon - 1:30 p.m. - Visit the exhibits!

1 - 2:55 p.m. - Techknowledgy Bar Mini Sessions

1-1:15 - Keep Track &  Collaborate with Google Keep - Stacy Behmer, @sbehmer

Come learn how you can access collaborative checklists and notes from any device!  Set reminders that appear on your calendar,  color code and tag notes, add images and even use dictation on the go!

1:20-1:35 Resources to support Digital Citizenship - Kay Schmalen, @schma3

We are collaborating online and how do we do it safely? Check out the resources that are free and designed to help students be good digital citizens.  Common Sense Media and Google’s newest addition- Interland!

1:40-1:55 - Cut Your Teachers Some Slack - Leslie Pralle, @LPralleK

Check out Slack as a means of communicating and collaborating, as well as organizing channels and group conversations either publicly or privately for your district, building, or PLC!

2-2:15 - Calling All Administrators - Sarah Lalk, @Sarah4education

Discover ways Voxer can bring your support group right to you! This walkie talkie-style app makes it easier than ever to communicate and collaborate at the press of a button.

2:20-2:35 - Ignite Discussion with Easy-to-Use Video - Julie Graber, @jgraber

Create a video discussion by engaging teachers to share their voice.  FlipGrid empowers teachers by connecting them to others within their community and around the world.

2:40-2:55 - Collaborate with Google Drive - Jason Marshall, @jmarsh77

Did you know there is more to Google Drive than just sharing a document? Come see how you can collaborate using Team Drive folders, assign tasks, quickly email collaborators and connect your Google Keep lists. These tips will help make you more efficient.  

1:30 - 2:45 p.m. - Thought Leaders 

Engaging Stakeholders to Sustain School Change - Suzie Boss

A number of trends—including makerspaces, project-based learning, design thinking, blended learning—have the potential to disrupt traditional notions of school. As educators consider approaches to better meet the needs of today’s learners, we can’t afford to leave stakeholders out of the conversation. In this session, we will explore strategies for stakeholder engagement shared by school leaders from diverse contexts. Short case studies will help participants consider their own strategies for engaging a coalition of the willing to partner in the change process. Participants will begin to craft their own future stories to communicate and sustain their community’s vision for engaged learning.

Why We Need Equity Literacy More than We Need Cultural Competence - Paul Gorski and Katy Swalwell

Too many of the frameworks educators have adopted to attend to diversity and equity concerns were actually created in part to sidestep matters of equity. Most of these frameworks are built around vague notions of “culture” instead of putting equity at the center of the conversation. In this session we will explore the equity literacy framework, built on a commitment to prioritize a commitment to equity and to cultivate in educators the knowledge and skills we need to be a threat to the existence of inequity in our spheres of influence. We will discuss the values underlying equity literacy and practice applying the framework to subtle forms of inequities in schools.

Organizing Parents toward Meaningful Action - Parents for Great Iowa Schools

How do you enlist the support of parents and community members in advocating on behalf of your school and all Iowa schools? What does it mean to encourage participation in responsible and respectful advocacy for Iowa public school students? Learn how to connect and collaborate with parents and community members to work toward achieving a strong, statewide public education system and well-educated Iowa youth. 

Train Ugly: The Power of Mindset—How to Win the Battle Between Your Ears and Get Better at Learning - Trevor Ragan

How does learning really work? Why do we avoid some of the best learning opportunities? How do we embrace our own learning opportunities and help others to do the same? Delve into the concept of growth mindset and learning to discover the key to becoming a great learner and leader of learners.

Creating an SEL School - Carla Tantillo Philibert

Please join Carla Tantillo Philibert, founder of Mindful Practices and author of Cooling Down Your Classroom and Everyday SEL to learn effective Social-Emotional Learning tools that help administrators, educators and students feel more present, focused and ready to learn. Philibert's session will explore and define what "ready to learn" looks and sounds like in the classroom and school setting. Participants will learn various ways to implement SEL at the administrative level, including Philibert's research-based POP Chart, an SEL tool used by educators to boost student self-awareness, self-regulation and interpersonal skills. The session will also provide SEL strategies that can be implemented schoolwide to create a more calm and focused learning environment for all. 

Starting a Movement: Building Culture From the Inside Out in Professional Learning Communities - Ken Williams

A common challenge for schools is figuring out how to transition from a culture of compliance to a culture of commitment, from ‘learning for some’ to ‘learning for ALL.’  These gaps are bridged in a Culture of Collective Responsibility. Ken Williams engages teachers, principals and superintendents in high-leverage best practices that help schools and districts make shared purpose their primary lens and their North Star.

Collective responsibility requires much more than clichés, slogans and catchphrases. It requires that the moral imperative of your work to course through every aspect of your school’s culture. Learn how to have your posters reflect your practice.

Discover how to quiet the noise and focus on the handful of high-leverage collective commitments that will help you build a culture of learning for all. Learn how to LIVE your posters and really deliver on the promise education should offer every student. This session is not for the faint of heart... or for defenders of the status quo. For all others, get ready for a transformational experience.

3 - 4:15 p.m. - Governor of Iowa (invited) and Department of Education Director Ryan Wise

5:30 to 7 p.m. - SAI Reception and Celebration of Leadership at the Marriott Hotel

Thursday, August 3

8 - 8:50 a.m. - Special Interest Sessions

  • Solving Ethical Dilemmas Through Professional Development - Iowa Board of Educational Examiners
    The BoEE will preview a new, FREE ethics curriculum created to assist school leaders in facilitating important conversations, allowing all educators to be better prepared to protect students, to make ethical decisions, and to take responsibility to uphold the profession.
     
  • Iowa Department of Education Updates - DE Staff
    This session will provide the opportunity to learn about what's next in the year ahead at the state level, including updates on early literacy efforts, differentiated accountability, regional planning partnerships and more!
     
  • IPERS Today & In The Future: Strong, Healthy & Important to Iowa - Donna Mueller
    Today, as one of the best managed pension systems in the country, IPERS is $30 billion strong and 84 percent funded. In this informative session, you'll learn from CEO Donna M. Mueller about possible plan  changes, key financial measurements, and the importance of this critical tool used to attract and retain a quality workforce.  

8 - 8:50 a.m. - Promising Practices 

  • Effective Intervention: Think Outside the Box - Vinton-Shellsburg
    Learn how a rural school district offers more with less and see how they have made an impact on students lives at every level as they implement Response-to-Intervention that focuses both on supporting those who don’t have learning outcomes mastered as well as extending the learning for those who do.
     
  • SAI CatchLife - CatchLife Co-directors Rick Schupbach and John Stevens
    Finding a Leadership-Life Fit that works for you is critical to job and life satisfaction. Come hear how some of your colleagues are learning to prioritize their health with "team" support to find energy for work, family and leisure to combat the stresses of administrative life.
     
  • Makerspaces: What do we really believe about learning? - Iowa City 
    The Iowa City Community School District has committed to a large-scale Makerspace initiative throughout its schools as part of its digital transformation. These spaces allow students the freedom to explore and investigate their passions and interests. The district's Makerspaces center on three components – Mobile Makerspaces, Creation Stations, and a Visiting Maker Program.  

8:30 - 9:50 a.m. - Teacher Leadership and Compensation (modified panel discussion)

Join moderators Tim Grieves and Lora Rasey as they delve into questions of implementation regarding various aspects of teacher leadership in Iowa schools. Panelists from six districts will share their experiences in creating schedules and structures to support the work, leveraging teacher leaders to address school improvement goals, collecting data to inform both teacher leader and program evaluation, and more! Participants will be invited to engage in table talk as part of the process.

9 - 9:50 a.m. - Promising Practices

  • Mentoring and Induction of New Teachers - Marion
    Marion Independent School District will share components of their plan for Mentoring and Induction, the role of Teacher Leadership in the plan, and the impact on mentors and mentees. Participants will have the opportunity to hear how mentoring and induction has had an impact on teacher retention and built professional capital within the district.
     
  • Deep Dive into Project-Based Learning - West Des Moines
    The path to learner success is one of engagement, connectedness and empowerment. Join the West Des Moines Community School District project-based learning team as they share their journey. We will provide a behind-the-scenes look at reimagining teaching and learning that leads to relevant, meaningful learning experiences for every student, every day.
     
  • Mindfulness Made Simple - Mason City
    In a few minutes a day you can begin an effective implementation of schoolwide Mindfulness to help improve your classroom environment, and staff and student mental health by providing self-regulating strategies, practice focusing, and increasing working memory. By attending this brief session you will have resources to use immediately with your staff and students.
     
  • Google Apps for Walkthroughs - Belle Plaine
    Administrators will use Google Apps for Education to create a digital Walkthrough Tool accessible on all devices. The tool created will provide immediate feedback to teachers in an email format that documents the walkthrough as well as providing additional data for administrators. Participants should bring a current/desired walkthrough in an electronic format. 

9 - 9:50 a.m. - Special Interest Session

  • Solving Ethical Dilemmas Through Professional Development - Iowa Board of Educational Examiners
    The BoEE will preview a new, FREE ethics curriculum created to assist school leaders in facilitating important conversations, allowing all educators to be better prepared to protect students, to make ethical decisions, and to take responsibility to uphold the profession.

9 - 9:50 a.m.  - Leader's Choice

Share and learn with your role-alike colleagues around the topic(s) of your choice in this Ed Camp-style session! Suggest topics, vote based upon your interest, and let the conversation begin! This is a great opportunity to experience the flavor of an “unconference”! 

10 - 10:45 a.m.  - Current Legal Issues: Prepare 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 for you and your team of educators to consider for the year ahead?

10:45 a.m. - Noon - Second General Session - Take the Stairs – Success Means Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do - Rory Vaden

Success is different for each of us, but the path to get there has the same obstacles: fatigue, rejection, failure, distraction, burnout, complacency and countless others. And yet there is one common characteristic and one universal trait that virtually every single successful person must have before accomplishing their goals: discipline – the discipline to do the things you don’t want to do. Self-discipline strategist and motivational speaker Rory Vaden shares key insights and erases common misconceptions about how to build lasting self-discipline.

 Rory's message will inspire you to:

  • Disregard your fear and take immediate action.
  • Develop an awareness of your creative avoidance.
  • Stop making excuses and stop procrastinating.
  • Engage in a happier, healthier, more productive lifestyle.
  • Quit looking for shortcuts and get back to work.
  • Adopt an overall results-oriented attitude of discipline.
  • Be more disciplined and Take the Stairs more often in the mall, the airport and in life situations.