2016 MDE Back to School Conference

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
2016 MDE Back to School Conference
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 8:30 AM -
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:15 PM (Central Time)

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
1-877-303-1681
I-94 & Boone Ave
7025 Northland Drive
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55428
United States

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The Minnesota Department of Education in partnership with the Minnesota Association of School Administrators 

presents the annual 
Back to School Conference
August 9-10, 2016  •  Minneapolis Marriott Northwest  

Make plans to join us for the 2016 MDE/MASA Back to School Conference, August 9-10 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. Our keynote speaker will be Joanne Quinn, and every participant will receive a copy of her latest book, Coherence - The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems, co-authored with Michael Fullan. Our conference theme will echo that title with sessions resonant of Minnesota’s commitment to the drivers of effective education leadership. We will also have opportunities to hear from Ted Christ of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) at the University of Minnesota as well as a variety of breakout sessions of interest as you prepare for the upcoming year. Bring a team and benefit from the chance to discuss how what you are learning impacts your own district. The conference follows the MSBA Summer Seminar, and our new superintendents will want to stay on Wednesday afternoon for our first session of the Great Start Cohort.


  Tuesday, August 9
8:30 Registration Open
8:30 – 9:30 Morning Refreshments Available
9 – 11

9

9:30






10:00
General Session

Student Performance -
Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools 

Welcome

Gary Amoroso
Executive Director Minnesota Association of School Administrators

Opening Remarks
Brenda Cassellius Commissioner Minnesota Department of Education


Keynote

“Coherence - The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems”
presented by Joanne Quinn
Director of Whole System Change and Capacity Building Michael Fullan Enterprises


Complex times call for clear solutions—If initiative overload and fragmentation are keeping your best plans from becoming reality, it’s time to start leading differently. The key to bringing about the kind of successful and sustainable change you need is the Coherence Framework, a dynamic, customizable road map made up of four essential components:

•   Focused direction to build collective purpose
•   Cultivating collaborative cultures while clarifying individual and team roles

•   Deepening learning to accelerate improvement and foster innovation

•   Securing accountability from the inside out


Join this session and learn about the insights and tools to drive effective leadership.

 
Joanne Quinn is the Director of Whole System Change and Capacity Building at Michael Fullan Enterprises, where she leads the design of strategic whole system capacity building at the global, national and district levels. As well she serves as the Director of Global Capacity Building for New Pedagogies for Deep Learning: A Global Partnership focused on transforming learning. Previously she provided leadership at all levels of education as a Superintendent, Implementation Advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Education, Director of Continuing Education at the University of Toronto, and as Special Advisor on International Projects. She consults internationally on whole system change, capacity building, leadership and professional learning and is sought by professional organizations and institutions as a consultant, advisor and speaker. These diverse leadership roles and her passion to improve learning for all give her a unique perspective on influencing positive change.


Governor Dayton has been invited. To accommodate his schedule, this general session is scheduled loosely and the following break is 30 minutes long.

11 – 11:30 Break
11:30 -12:30 Breakout Sessions 1

Topics determined by MDE

Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems: presented by Joanne Quinn
Director of Whole System Change and Capacity Building,
Michael Fullan Enterprises

Finance Update:
presented by
Tom Melcher
School Finance Director, Minnesota Department of Education

ESSA and the Achievement Gap:
presented by
Brenda Cassellius
Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education
and

Stephanie Graff

Chief Accountability Officer, Minnesota Department of Education

Aligning Curriculum to Math Standards: An Overview of the New Mathematics Benchmark Toolkit:
presented by
Beth Aune
Director, Academic Standards and Instructional Effectiveness, Minnesota Department of Education

and

Sue Wygant
Mathematics Education, Minnesota Department of Education



12:30 – 1:30 Lunch (No Program)
1:30 – 2:30 Breakout Sessions Most Repeated

Topics determined by MDE

Finance Update:
presented by Tom Melcher
School Finance Director, Minnesota Department of Education

ESSA and the Achievement Gap:

presented by Brenda Cassellius
Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education
and
Stephanie Graff
Chief Accountability Officer, Minnesota Department of Education

Aligning Curriculum to Math Standards: An Overview of the New Mathematics Benchmark Toolkit:

presented by Beth Aune
Director, Academic Standards and Instructional Effectiveness, Minnesota Department of Education
and
Sue Wygant
Mathematics Education, Minnesota Department of Education


2:30 – 3 Break
3 – 4 General Session

Homework without a Home: The Impact of Homelessness on Minnesota's Students
presented by Cathy ten Broeke
State Director to Prevent and End Homelessness

  Wednesday, August 10
8:30 Registration Open
8:30 – 9:30 Morning Refreshments Available
9 – 11 General Session  

Keynote

Research, Assessment, and Evaluation to Guide Decision-Making and Educational Practice
presented by Ted Christ
Director Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI), University of Minnesota  

Valuable research knowledge is emerging from schools of education and across the social sciences that could improve educational outcomes significantly. However, it is not happening at the speed and scope of what is needed and what is possible. The purpose of this session is to discuss the importance of using research, assessment, and evaluation to guide decision-making and educational practice. Ideas will be shared on how evaluation data may be used for system improvement to accelerate student outcomes. Finally, the results of a recent statewide needs assessment in the areas of research, evaluation, and assessment will be shared with an opportunity to provide input on ways to respond to statewide needs.

 
Theodore Christ is the Director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) at the University of Minnesota, where his leadership supports CAREI’s mission of improving the quality of education for all learners, and thereby society as a whole, through four service offerings: 1) evaluation, 2) research, 3) assessment, and 4) innovation & outreach. As applied researchers and evaluators, the people at CAREI believe they can have an immediate impact on our communities. Accordingly, they listen to and work with our clients and partners to understand their experiences. CAREI seeks to impact 80% of Minnesota students within five years.

11 – 11:30 Break and Checkout
11:30 – 12:30 General Session
Q & A with the Commissioner

Our closing session will be a conversation with Commissioner Cassellius. 
12:30 Lunch (No Program)


 


 

Contact Information

  • Jeanna Vohnoutka
    Direct: 651-789-4062
    Main Line: 651-645-6272

Payment Instructions

  • Standard Registration Rate: $269

    MASA Retiree Registration Rate:
     $165

    Cancellation Fee (if on or before July 25):
      $50 

     If You Must Cancel


    Lodging Reservations:  Please note that lodging changes/cancellations are the responsibility of the individual participant, without exception.
    Lodging Reservation Phone:  1•877•303•1681

    Conference Registration: You may cancel your conference registration with a $50.00 penalty until 4:30 pm on July 25, 2016, after which you will not receive a refund.  (July 25 is the date in which we must guarantee our participation numbers for the hotel.) No-shows will be billed
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