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Speakers and Sessions

Keynote Speakers

Yvette Jackson, EdD is internationally recognized for her work in assessing the learning potential of disenfranchised urban students. Her research is in literacy, gifted education, and the cognitive mediation theory of Reuven Feuerstein, PhD. She has applied her research to develop an integrated process to motivate and elicit potential in underachievers. This research was the basis for her design of the New York City Gifted Programs Framework when she was the director of gifted programs. As executive director of instruction and professional development for the New York City Board of Education, she led the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Education Plan, which optimizes the delivery of all core curriculum and support services in the public schools of New York City.

Jackson currently serves as the chief executive officer of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, founded at the College Board and Teachers College, Columbia University. She works with school district administrators and teachers across the country to customize and deliver systemic approaches to literacy development through instructional practices that integrate culture, language, and cognition to expand and accelerate student learning and achievement. She is a visiting lecturer at Harvard University, a member of ASCD’s Differentiated Instruction Cadre, and a keynote presenter at national and international conferences.

Jackson received a BA from Queens College of the City University of New York with a double major in education and French. At Columbia University's Teachers College, she was awarded an MA in curriculum, an EdM in educational administration, and a doctorate in educational administration.

Dr. John W. Hodge is president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a reading teacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director of AVID Center Eastern Division. He served as Director of An Achievable Dream Academy, an inner city school that piloted many of the interventions used by Urban Learning and Leadership Center. An Achievable Dream Academy is a high performing, high poverty school that has received numerous national awards.

John received his Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina A&T State University where he graduated with honors. He later received his Master of Arts degree from Chapman University. John completed his academic and professional preparation by earning a Doctor of Education degree from Virginia Tech where he conducted extensive research on factors that contribute to the academic success and/or failure of impoverished children. What sets Dr. John W. Hodge apart in the field of education is his well-documented ability to put research and theory into everyday practice in rural, urban and suburban schools. Dr. Hodge has helped educators in elementary, middle and high schools make the necessary changes to help all children meet and exceed rigorous academic standards. He is truly one of America's most respected new voices in education.

Prior to starting his career in education, Dr. Hodge distinguished himself in the service of our country with the 7th Infantry Division of the United States Army. He is known as a master teacher and staff developer.

Dr. Hodge's career has been defined by assisting students and teachers overcome obstacles and achieve goals. He has served as an inspirational speaker across the United States and has been a guest lecturer at Christopher Newport University, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T State University and George Washington University. Dr. Hodge is a trained facilitator for the (SREB) Leadership Initiative Modules “Leading Assessment and Instruction” and “Creating a High Performance Learning Culture”, and a trained assessor and facilitator in the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) “Developing the 21st Century Principal” program.


Breakout Speakers and session descriptions


Unlocking Student Learning Potential for High Intellectual Performance and Self-Actualization  Yvette Jackson
Hide the Flashcards and Deal Me In!  Mary Dank
Math in Motion  Mary Dank
Fractions: The Missing Link to Understanding Elementary and Middle School Mathematics  Scott Pearson
Building a Math Resource Library  Angie Asher Carlson and Laurie Rogers-Karl
Engaging Reluctant Learners with Osmos  Dave Blanchard
Impacting Student Achievement with Formative Assessment (Math Focus)  Scott Pearson
Stop Admiring the Data and Start Taking Instructional Action (Math Focus)  Chris Wernimont and Mike Wallus
Set the Stage for Reading Success!  Mary Dank
Vocabulary Instruction That ROCKS!  Carla Reeck
(MDE) Spring into Action! English Learners and ESSA  Julie Chi and Barbara Al Nouri
(MDE) ESEA Title Program Update  John Moorse
(MDE) State and Federal Programs in a Post-NCLB World  Michael Diedrich
(MDE) Title Program Questions & Answers  Panel Discussion with John Moorse and Area Directors
(MDE) Relationship Between the Summary Schoolwide Program and Action Planning  Noemi Treviño, Lowell Haagenson and Barb Marchetti
(MDE) Keeping in Mind the Intent of Title I Requirements  Wayne Kuklinski and Sally Gordon
(MDE) SERVS 2016 - Amendment Windows - The Next Step  Dwayne Strand
(MDE) Family, School, and Community Engagement Modules Within the MDE Website  Debra Landvik
Been There, Done That … Audit Smaudit!  Tammy Kraft, Jeanne Femrite, Mari Lu Martens, Wayne Kuklinski, and Sally Gordon
(MDE) Using Data to Inform Your Work: A Discussion of Your Data Analysis Needs and MDE’s Support  Joe Curiel
(MDE) We Have Test Data, Now What?  Renee Ringold
(MDE) Basics of Q Comp and Teacher Development and Evaluation Tyler Livingston
Bluejacket PD: District-Wide Personalized Personal Development  Kristen Daniels, Rob Swanson & Patrick Morrow
The Swimming Pool & the Marathon: Prioritizing Cognitive & Character  Eric Kalenze
(MDE) Alternative Delivery of Specialized Instructional Services (ADSIS)  Rebecca Nies
A Day in the Life of an Interventionist for At-Risk Students  Carla Allen
Effective Core Instruction IS Your Best Intervention  Nancy Remmert
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) David Alley
Connections to the Heart  Mary Dank
Engaging Students Brains for Learning George Beren and Brian Ackland
Unifying Schools Through Inclusive Programming  Nick Cedergren, Jennifer Hansen, and Mike Kane
Maximizing Your After School Programs:  Using S.A.M.E. to Make a Difference for ALL Children  Dr. John Hodge
Beyond “One Size Fits All” Interventions: Pinpointing Specific Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Skills to Help Students Succeed  Kathy Patton