2017 MDE Back to School Conference: ESSA Implementation

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
2017 MDE Back to School Conference: ESSA Implementation
Tuesday, August 08, 2017 - Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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

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

invites you to plan to attend the annual

MDE Back to School Conference: ESSA Implementation
 August 8-9, 2017  •  Minneapolis Marriott Northwest

Plan to bring your leadership team!

We are grateful to the Council of Chief State School Officers
for their generous support of this event.

http://ccsso.org 

Make plans to join us for the 2017 MDE/MASA Back to School Conference, August 8-9 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. 

Our keynote speakers will address leading excellent systems supporting success for all students. Dr. Sharon Griffin will share her story of innovative school turnaround in the Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tennessee. David and Jonah Stillman, a father and son team, will present their research on Gen Z, and each participant will receive a copy of their new book, Gen Z @ Work. We will also hear from our own leaders in a variety of sessions that will inform and inspire your leadership in the context of Minnesota’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan, as you prepare for the upcoming year.

ESSA, signed into law in December, 2015, is the newest version of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces No Child Left Behind. Minnesota’s State Plan for Implementing ESSA will be finalized this summer and will be available for public comment during August, 2017. The Plan will be submitted to the US Department of Education this coming September, so our August conference dates will be well-timed for a rich discussion on implementation.

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 8
 
9:00 – 10:30 am General Session


Welcome

Keynote


The Turnaround Story of the Shelby County Schools
presented by
Sharon Griffin, Chief of Schools, Shelby County Schools, Memphis, Tennessee

In 2012, with more than a quarter of its schools identified as failing and at risk of being taken over by the state, the Shelby County School district, which includes the city of Memphis, was in trouble. Tennessee’s legislature had just passed a law allowing the state to take control of the state’s worst-performing schools and either run them or give the responsibility for them to a charter operator, potentially taking away millions of state dollars from the district. However, a clause in the law allowed districts to access some federal resources and use some flexibility in state policy to attempt a program of intervention. Sharon Griffin was hired to oversee what has become a revolutionary turnaround, an Innovation Zone, or “iZone.”  Several of the district’s iZone schools now outperform other schools, providing evidence that, given the resources and permission to experiment, the local education team is best suited to create the difference-making change needed by failing schools. Join Dr. Griffin for this session and hear this story of innovation, hope, and success!

11:00 am - Noon

Breakout Sessions Round I

ESSA:  Life after NCLB
Hue Nguyen - Assistant Commissioner, MDE
Michael Diedrich - ESEA Policy Specialist, MDE

This session will be an introduction to some of the most significant changes to federal programs, accountability and school support under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). There will also be time for questions and opportunities to think through how ESSA is likely to impact your district.

World’s Best Workforce:  Data, Trends and Connections
Greg Keith - Chief Academic Officer, MDE
Stephanie Graff - Chief Accountability Officer, MDE

Participants in this session will receive an update on the implementation of the World’s Best Workforce (WBWF) legislation, including themes, emerging practices and considerations for districts moving forward. In addition, the session will cover the public WBWF data profiles, connections to the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and efforts to partner with schools and districts in the 2017-18 school year and beyond.

Inclusive Practices for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students
Kevin McHenry - Assistant Commissioner, MDE
Craig Wethington
- Director, School Safety and Technical Assistance Center, MDE
Amy Marsicano-Adolescent Health Consultant, School Safety Technical Assistance Center, MDE

Transgender and gender non-conforming students report elevated experiences of bullying and harassment, physical assault, anxiety and depression and feel that they are blocked from full school participation. This interactive session will provide superintendents a discussion guide and resource toolkit for consideration of systemic policy and practices that can lead to safe, supportive and nondiscriminatory learning environments for all students.

Our Story:  Writing the Script of Tribal Consultation for Districts and Schools
Dr. Jane Harstad - Director, Office of Indian Education, MDE
Everett Bad Wound, Office of Indian Education, MDE

Jennifer Johnson - Fond du Lac Ojibwe School Superintendent and Tribal Nations Education Committee Member

This presentation will provide local education agency agencies and schools with a blueprint for building the necessary relationships during tribal consultation. This is a shared story; one that will be timely and meaningful, and will strengthen support systems, build bridges between educators and tribes, and increase the academic success for American Indian students in Minnesota.

1:00 - 2:00 PM Breakout Sessions Round 2 -  Repeat of Round 1
2:30 – 3:30 PM Breakout Sessions Round 3

ESSA:  Life after NCLB
Hue Nguyen - Assistant Commissioner, MDE

Michael Diedrich - ESEA Policy Specialist, MDE
This session will be an introduction to some of the most significant changes to federal programs, accountability and school support under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). There will also be time for questions and opportunities to think through how ESSA is likely to impact your district.

World’s Best Workforce:  Data, Trends and Connections
Greg Keith - Chief Academic Officer, MDE
Stephanie Graff - Chief Accountability Officer, MDE


Participants in this session will receive an update on the implementation of the World’s Best Workforce (WBWF) legislation, including themes, emerging practices and considerations for districts moving forward. In addition, the session will cover the public WBWF data profiles, connections to the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and efforts to partner with schools and districts in the 2017-18 school year and beyond.


Grow Your Own:  Strategies to Recruit and Retain Teachers of Color

Elia Bruggeman - Special Assistant to the Commissioner, MDE

What can districts do to improve and diversify the teacher workforce? This session will present programs, strategies, and signed 2017 Legislation bills that support efforts to increase and retain teachers of color and American Indian teachers in Minnesota. Learn about grant funding available to school districts and universities for teacher preparation pathways in the metro and greater Minnesota.

Meeting Your District’s World’s Best Workforce Goal for School Readiness

Bobbie Burnham - Director, Early Learning Services, MDE


This session will present strategies for superintendents to consider when revising their district’s World’s Best Workforce (WBWF) Plan and Report to ensure the needs of their communities’ early learners are addressed. Strategies will include how to choose a measurement tool, what data to collect, how to use that data, and how pre-K through 3rd grade alignment can play a key role in meeting each WBWF goal area. In addition, we will share strategies on ways to blend and braid various early learning funding streams to create a comprehensive, high-quality early learning program in your district.


Wednesday, August 9
 
9:00 – 10:15 AM General Session

Welcome

Keynotes


Are You Ready for Gen Z?
presented by
David and Jonah Stillman

Gen Z has entered their 20s and is your future workforce. The time to get to know them is today! If you try to treat Gen Z like the Millennials, it will backfire!

Best selling author and generations expert David Stillman has teamed up with his Gen Z son, Jonah – the first Gen Z speaker to hit the circuit.

Based on three national studies, cutting-edge case studies and interviews with hundreds of CEOs, this dynamic duo is shedding light on what makes this new generation unique and what leaders need to know.

Each conference participant will receive a copy of the Stillmans’ new book, Gen Z @ Work.

10:45 AM - Noon  General Session
Q & A with the Commissioner
Our closing session will be a conversation with Commissioner Cassellius.

Noon Lunch (No Program)
Noon New Superintendents’ Lunch
with the Commissioner
Followed by their first session of Great Start Cohort


 

Contact Information

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


Payment Instructions

  • Standard Registration Fee: $149.00 (through July 25, after which it will be $199.00)
    MASA Retiree Registration Fee: $ 99.00 (through July 25, after which it will be $149.00)

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

    If You Must Cancel
    Conference Registration: You may cancel your conference registration with a $50.00 penalty until 4:30 pm on July 25, 2017, 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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