Sunday, March 1
8:30 AM -10:00 AM

MLDS Special Session: Telling Your School's Story
Dr. Teresa Tulipana - MLDS Leadership Development Specialist
Annette Cozort - MLDS Leadership Development Specialist

If we don’t tell our story, someone else will!   Join us and discover how to leverage marketing, branding, public relations, and advertising to increase engagement, support and good will towards our schools.   Session participants will leave having created both a brand persona and brand narrative - the cornerstones of telling our stories. 

This session highlights learning experiences in the Transformational Level of the Missouri Leadership Development System.


Promoting an Inquiry Mindset: Celebrating Curiosity
Janell Bagwell - Elementary Principal, Springfield Public Schools
Jamie Quirk  - PYP Coordinator, Springfield Public Schools

Inquiry based learning is a form of active learning that starts by posing questions, problems, or scenarios—rather than simply presenting established facts or portraying a smooth path to knowledge. This session will focus on the teacher taking an inquiry stance through a set of principles which create an “inquiry mindset”. Discussion will focus on constructing strategies around “What do effective inquiry teachers do?” and "How do principals promote a culture of inquiry within the school."


Digital Leadership
Beth Houf - Middle School Principal, Fulton 58

Digital leadership ensures that leaders are accessing the latest trends, research and ideas in the field to engage students, teachers and families. Join me as we explore digital tools to enhance both the instructional leadership and management responsibilities of the principal. We will dive into PLN's, social media, Web 2.0 applications, blogging and much, much MORE! We will also look at how to find stillness in a digital world. Bring your devices and be ready to CONNECT!


Staff Appreciation with a Purpose
Melinda Miller - Elementary Principal, Willard Schools

How to foster a culture of gratitude without going broke or spending countless hours creating treats, gifts, and writing notes. In this workshop, you will learn how two principals came together to bring joy back to the principalship. The part of the job that is the hardest to measure but makes the most impact, is appreciation. How do you show your staff appreciation? We can help you with that!

In this workshop you will learn about and have conversations with other principals around:

-  The Five Languages of Appreciation at Work
-  Communicating Appreciation
-  Treasure Chest of Appreciation Ideas
-  What to do When Appreciation Falls Flat
-  Creating a Team of Appreciation Ninjas


Be Their Hero: Trauma Informed Care
Josh Varner – JAG Specialist, Eldon R-I

Two out of every three people in the United States are impacted by a traumatic event.  When people experience trauma or an extremely stressful situation, its normal and natural for them to have a hard time coping afterwards.  I'm passionate about teaching people how to support individuals impacted by trauma.  I've taught educators, social workers, health care professionals, police officers, foster care providers and many more about how to support individuals impacted by trauma.  During this training participants will learn:

1.  How many students are impacted by childhood trauma and how to identify them.
2.  How the brain and body respond to trauma and how that impacts student behavior. 
3.  Educators will be equipped with easy to use specific tools to support their students.


Sunday, March 1
10:10 AM - 11:10 AM

Leader in Me and the Highly Effective Habits for Students
Vickie Daniels - Elementary Assistant Principal, Hollister R-V
Nina Henson - Elementary Principal, Hollister R-V

Do you want your students to be leaders?  Learn how to make that happen using the Leader in Me Highly Effective 7 Habits for Students.  In this session, learn about the 7 Habits and how they have a positive effect on your students.  Disciple, student goals, and student achievement will increase using these simple, yet effective strategies.  This hands-on presentation will give you strategies to take back to your school and effect change immediately.

Modern Leadership: The EduQueen Way
Karen Hile – Elementary Principal, Fort Osage R-I
Christy Lamb – Elementary Principal, Independence 30

Do you consider yourself a leader just because you became an administrator?  We figured that wasn’t the case.  But we also know there is little that prepares us for the incredible impact we need to have as a school leader before we begin.  The best any of us can do is to focus on our purpose and hold steady to the tenets we believe all children deserve. As self-described #EduQueens, we develop different strategies to anchor ourselves into what we believe education should be, despite the many storms we weather minute to minute.  The more hurdles and roadblocks put in our path (both personally and professionally), the more important those tenets are to anchor us back to our work.  What anchors you?  Having that clearly defined is vital to your influence as a leader.

But don’t let your ‘sphere of influence’ stay small!  Expand yourself and your role in moving our industry forward, regardless of your role. Join us in the session as we share our journey of “influence” through exploring equitable reform principles and expanding our online networking, all the while staying honest about how hard the work is (and how often we fail).  In this session, The Modern Principal will create a relaxed boutique-style breakout session unlike any other. We will share our real approach to leadership—complete with the honest sharing of our own blunders— with a guided work session complete with networking to grow your influence!   


Supporting Staff through Culture & CALM
Lauri Mead – Elementary Principal, Carl Junction R-I

Staff members are asked to wear SO many hats.  How can we adequately support them with all of the things we require of them?  We will talk about building a positive building culture and how to support staff when things just go 'wrong'!


Leaders are Readers Monica Shane – Elementary Principal, Fort Osage R-I
Johnna Sutton – Assistant Principal, Lee’s Summit R-VII
Brandi Gump – Assistant Principal, Lee’s Summit R-VII

Amazing leaders have many exceptional habits - one of them is surprisingly simple,reading.  Reading is one of the most powerful sources of growth, inspiration and new ideas.   In this session, principals will gather and have a round table discussion on the latest professional books that have helped them grow as a leader.  Participants will give a book talk on a book of their choice that has helped define the role of an administrator.

Requirements to attend this session: 1) you must be an active participant and 2) you must have a book to share that has helped you grow as a leader or stretched your thinking.

The facilitators will start professional book conversations and participants will join in.  Additional discussions will be held on how administrators are leading effective book studies with their staff. 

Stress 911- Smart Strategies to Help You and Your Staff Manage Extreme Stress
Angie Bedsworth – Elementary Principal, Columbia 93
Melissa Byington – Registered Nurse,University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics

This session combines knowledge from the fields of health care and education to give you the power, understanding, and practical hands on strategies to address secondary trauma and other stressors educators and administrators face daily.  You will leave the session with a “starter pack” designed to give you quick activities you can do for yourself and with your staff to educate them about self-care, how to recognize and support those experiencing secondary trauma, and how facilitate Mindfulness strategies to just name a few.

Learning Walking on Sunshine - Data Feels Good!
Samantha Hamilton – Elementary Principal, Neosho R-V

Building teacher efficacy through observation feedback is noted in Hattie's work, among others, as being a highly effective educational practice. Our learning walks provide opportunities for this through team-building, fostering a collaborative culture,  and promoting reflection in our daily instructional practices. This presentation will cover our system for this as well as how we use data on a day to day basis through an "all means all" approach. We believe in using a growth mindset while focusing on the essential skills and will demonstrate how we use the instructional cycle for responsive teaching to guide data analysis and conversations. These practices are part of what helped our scores and MAP data increase so much last year! We're walking on sunshine and growing all the way!

Instructional Leadership: Taking Teachers from Good to Great to Unforgettable
Keisha Panagos – Elementary Principal, Scott City R-I

To be an effective instructional leader you must become an expert in teaching and learning. You must create a culture where adults in the building know their impact and are continuously reflecting and refining their practice. Hattie states that focusing on high-impact teaching and learning has an effect size of 0.84. During this session I will share with you my district’s journey for continuous improvement in both academic achievement and professional growth. Implementing intentional feedback on high-impact strategies will allow you to take your teachers from good to great to unforgettable.

Being Intentional about Building Culture
Bryan Shallenburger – Elementary Principal, Carthage R-IX

Come learn the keys to building a successful school culture from a 9 year administrative veteran.   Every successful classroom needs a strong positive culture.  It is the same for a school building.  Bryan will share what his building has done to be intentional in creating a positive school culture.  The presentation provides passion & humor while providing several great steals that can be used right away in your own building.

Bridging the Gap Through Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Practices
Amy Casey – Elementary Principal, North Kansas City 74

The goal of this session is to provide educators with culturally responsive philosophical underpinnings and strategies for leadership of effective instruction of diverse students. The primary focus is for learners to explore their own attitudes and beliefs regarding teaching diverse students and to gain knowledge of culturally responsive and inclusive strategies to maximize leadership, instruction and relationships with all students.

How to Make the Front Office Welcoming and Secure
Regina Ferguson – Director of School Safety and Security Solutions, Strategos International

The front office is the welcome center for every school but can also be the most vulnerable.  Learn strategies to maintain a secured office while providing quality customer service.  Clarify the difference between a front desk visitor and classroom visitor,  and what to do when an unwanted person becomes a threat.

Creating Assessment Capable Learners K-6
Angela Rideout – Assistant Principal, Poplar Bluff R-I
Jennifer Taylor – Elementary Principal, Poplar Bluff R-I
Jessica Thurston – Principal, Poplar Bluff R-I

Explore how to create Active, Involved, and Engaged Assessment Capable Learners throughout the grade levels.  Take away learning strategies that can be easily implemented in the classroom. See how Eugene Field has aligned DACL with other systems like teacher evaluation and LIM leadership binders.  See how students are taking responsibility for their own learning at all grade levels from pre to post test.  We will cover strategies from K-6th grade.


Sunday, March 1
11:20 AM - 12:20 PM

Alright... Stop, COLLABORATE, and Listen
Tara Bishop – Elementary Principal, Blair Oaks R-II
Kimberley Walters – Middle School Principal, Blair Oaks R-II

Teaching is simultaneously one of the most difficult and  most rewarding occupations.  It’s the one occupation that literally touches the lives of every single person.  In the classroom, teachers find a great satisfaction in educating the future generations.   However, to develop a strong teacher, it’s imperative that teachers have a healthy relationship with their colleagues.

The fact of the matter is... we can't do it alone. Administrators, teachers, and support staff must work together to enrich the school environment in which they work. COLLABORATION is the key! Come learn fun, new collaboration ideas that can be implemented in any range of school climates!


Strengthening PLC through Data Review Teams: How to Establish Highly Effective Teams
Amanda Coleman – Elementary Principal, Raytown C-2

The Data Review Team process is an important platform to allows teachers to engage in Professional Learning Communities and facilitate Collective Teacher Efficacy.  This session will provide a building model of successful teams in action and focus on providing guidance to administrators on how to establish effective and efficient Data Review Teams within their schools.  Participants will be guided through the 4 Questions of PLC (What do we want all kids to learn? How will we know they’ve learned it? What will we do if they have not learned it? What will we do when/if they have learned it?), and exposed to current research by Fullan, Hattie, Schmoker, DuFour & Reeves that articulate the necessity and action of PLC/DRT in refining instructional practice in schools, that can be reproduced to lead professional development in their buildings.  DRTs done well are an essential tool to improve student learning by empowering teachers to make instructional adjustments based on student performance.

Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers
Josh Thompson - Head of Athletic Training, Lincoln University

Understanding concussions help reduce the risk of short- and long-term effects for youth participating in sports at all competitive levels. We will discuss signs and symptoms of a possible concussion, how to manage a possible concussion at the time of the incident through recovery and return-to-play protocols.

Growing and Supporting all Learners the Schumacher Shark Way
Chris Gabriel – Elementary Principal, Liberty 53

Lillian Schumacher Elementary is built on the belief that all learners must grow.  With a foundation rooted in the creation of positive relationships, teachers are able to diagnose and prescribe laser-like interventions to meet the specific needs of all learners.  Join us to explore our innovation and engagement journey and the academic and social-emotional support structures that are changing the lives of students.  Not only can we share what's working, but we can also share the challenges we faced along the way.  We hope to share strategies and structures that are transferable to every school, every classroom, and every student.

Great Mornings = Great Days
Sue Haugen – Elementary Principal, Jefferson City Public Schools
Elizabeth Milhollin – Elementary Principal, Jefferson City Public Schools
Dawn Day – Administrative Intern, Jefferson City Public Schools

The way we start our day is a key factor in having a successful day.  Use of Breakfast in the Classroom and Morning Meeting have been two factors that have had a positive impact for us to begin the day well and build community for success across the day.  Join us to learn more about how to get breakfast into your classrooms as well as the benefits of this practice.  Learn more about Morning Meetings and how you can implement this structure in your school to build community and develop needed social skills.

Leveraging the Power of a Small School
Lance McClard – Elementary Principal, Jackson R-II
Eric Sacco – Principal, Clifton-Clyde USD 224

Perspective is everything. Being a small and/or rural school can come with hardships. However, this session is dedicated to using the position of being a small school as an advantage. Gain ideas from these schools on how they used their size to implement changes that positively impact students.

Objectives and Action Plan:
-Outline the advantages of small/rural schools
-Gain examples of utilizing the advantages of a small school, community partnerships, and programming.
-Obtain ideas for PD, SEL, collaboration, behavior, and supporting academics.

FOMO on Mission and Vision: Don't Be Scared!
Kelly McFatrich – Elementary Principal, Sedalia 200
Stephanie Jackson – Elementary Principal, Sedalia 200

Don't suffer from FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) ever again when it comes to your school's mission and vision. This session will equip you with everything you need to develop or revive your school's mission and vision. We will not talk about the theory behind why you should do this. You already know that! We will give you the specific tools and resources you need to lead your staff through the process.   By the end of this session, you will have the step by step structures, activities and resources we have used along our journey to discovering "our why". Come excited and ready to dive right in and do the dang thing!

5 Years in the Principal’s Office, and This is What I learned...  So Far.
Caleb Petet – Elementary Principal, Warsaw R-IX

After 5 years as Principal, I have learned there is so much I didn’t know or ever even consider.  I will share a few ideas I believe should be prescribed for anyone in the principal’s office.  Of course how they get implemented will be left to your own style of leadership – and that is certainly not prescribed.  That will be guided by your own individual talents and interpretations.  Included will be the following:

An annual calendar of principal duties by month.

A suggested Teacher Manual  which I see as a bible of sorts, with everything a new or veteran teacher might need : forms, grading due dates, social curriculum, etc.

The following “1,2,3 approach” I have found to be most useful.

1 Protect the calendar!                                                                                                                 

2. Don’t put things on the plate without taking things off!

3. Communicate early and often: weekly and a week in advance. 

There are a lot of simple things that make creating a positive culture easier that I never expected and there are things that derailed and distracted from my missions along the way, that I didn’t see coming. 

Anyone in administration might find these stories and revelations from my own experiences humorous and informative.  Hopefully, my experiences will help you!



Transform School Culture with a Family-School-Community Engagement Method called ParentCamp
Laura Gilchrist – Consultant & Coach, ParentCamp/Teacher, MOSTOY Network

Imagine the Ultimate in Collective Efficacy at your school! Educators, families and community happily collaborating for kids. Not only is it possible and doable, it's fun, more familiar than you might think and parents and teachers SMILE and ask for more.

Experience a real ParentCamp then look through "Power Differential" lens and "Conditions" lens. Hear ParentCamp stories from perspectives of administrators, parents, teachers and community. I want to show you what's possible and give you the tools to do it. ParentCamp is an official partner of USDOE since 2016. Baked into ParentCamp are the 6 process conditions from www.dualcapacity.org.

Sensory Safe and Trauma Informed
Shelly Worley – Elementary Principal, Branson R-IV

This session will provide elementary educators some next step strategies to utilize in their classrooms relating to sensory needs and best practices in trauma informed implementation. Many educators are now at the point of understanding trauma and some warning signs, but are struggling with day to day management and strategy implementation. I will share research based trauma informed classroom designs and proactive strategies. Additionally, we will educate participants about sensory indicators and how to meet these student needs that if left unmet may result in undesired behaviors. This session is meant to be for participants that already have a basic understanding of trauma and behavioral needs in schools, and are looking to take the next steps to address these issues. 


Monday, March 2
8:00 am - 9:00

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Launch (PreK-5)
Andrea Holzwarth – Sr. Director of School Engagement, Project Lead the Way
Ashley Benne – Director of School Engagement, Project Lead the Way

Your PreK-5 students already have the qualities of great designers and innovators. What PLTW Launch does is tap into their exploratory nature, engage them in learning that feels like play, and encourage them to keep discovering – now and for years to come. PLTW Launch empowers students to adopt a design-thinking mindset through compelling activities, projects, and problems that build upon each other and relate to the world around them. PLTW Launch will expand to 40+ modules and full coverage NGSS in Fall 2020.

Join Andrea Holzwarth & Ashley Benne to learn more and be immersed in a PLTW Launch module that teaches computational thinking in an unplugged computer science activity, ‘Rosie’s Run Time.’

The Columns - Linking Elementary Reading Data to Intervention
Jana Schmidt – K-8 Coordinator, Columbia Public Schools
Jill Brown - Assistant Superintendent, Columbia Public Schools

How do I use data to find the right intervention for students?  In this session, discover a systematic process that allows teachers to determine the reading needs of every kindergarten through fifth grade student.  This process is called The Columns- a simple tool that links elementary reading data to the correct intervention.  This process is further outlined in Matching Reading Data to Interventions, available through Routledge Publishers.

Is your school FLY?
F. (Family) L. (Leadership) Y. (Your Passion)  Day- A Monthly Day of AWESOME at Eagle Heights Elementary

Holly Schrage – Elementary Principal, Smithville R-II
Renee Slack – Assistant Principal, Smithville R-II
Lacey Lewis – Teacher, Smithville R-II
Cyndi Crouch – Teacher, Smithville R-II

Eagle Heights Elementary, a pre-k-6th grade elementary, engages students in a monthly day of awesome where students are engaged in multi-age family groups, leadership roles, and passion time. This is our journey to community connections, student mentorship, and awesome engagement.

GRIT is Essential for Success
Dustin Bain – Elementary Principal, Fox C-6

What if I challenged you to the thought that students need just as much GRIT as they do academic ability? Listen to interviews with some of the most successful people that surround us and they all have a common trait, GRIT. Many of the most successful people overcame the biggest obstacles because they possess perseverance and drive to achieve their goals. At Meramec Heights Elementary our students have been on a journey to learn and understand what it means to have and develop GRIT. Each quarter students receive a GRIT Score in addition to their standard report on their academic growth. GRIT is a part of our culture and way of life at The Mac. This presentation will provide details on the development of the GRIT rubric,  implementation process, and values noticed at Meramec. At Meramec we understand the long term value in the development of a work ethic and perseverance to prepare our students for the waves of life.

Building a Community of Readers
Angie Carder – Elementary Principal, Springfield Public Schools
Wendy Burns – Librarian, Springfield Public Schools

Are you looking for easy to implement strategies that will build a true community of readers? In this session you will hear how the building leader and the librarian collaborated to create fun and engaging ways to promote reading.  By attending this session, you will take away easy to implement strategies to use with your staff, families, and community.

Student Loan Solutions and School Partnerships
Rob Curtis – Assistant Regional Vice President, Horace Mann

Do you find yourself or your educators struggling to make student loan payments? We know that on average an educator enters the classroom with $37,000 in debt. Frequently, this challenge in finance drives new teachers to question the profession as they struggle to make student loan payments on a new teacher’s salary. This also makes school districts face a daunting challenge to retain quality teachers and build a strong veteran staff. Horace Mann has developed a presentation that outlines student loan forgiveness programs for qualifying educational employees regardless if you are year one or year 20. Over the past two years, Horace Mann agents have helped MO public school employees save over 8 Million in student loans! Administration, teachers and support staff may benefit from these different loan forgiveness programs.

Grading Smarter with Standards Based Grading
Stacy Graff – Middle School Principal, University Academy

What does a grade really represent?  This session will focus on the true meaning of a grade and how SBG can be utilized to better meet student learning outcomes and focus our instruction to help students be successful. Learn how to hold students accountable without using a grade as a punishment.  No Zeros, only Heroes with our philosophy!

Through Their Eyes: Behavior Management Strategies for Young Black Boys
Bonita Jamison – Executive Director of Integrated Support and Accelerated Learning, Ferguson-Florrisant R-II

The interest in black boys and how they perform academically and behaviorally in schools is a pressing national topic. Black boys today are often treated based on stereotypes developed by others e.g. dangerous, lazy, uneducable, etc. Because of these stereotypes, black boys continue to be disenfranchised and are faced with more barriers as they seek to procure equality and social rights. While much has been learned about this complex group of students, the achievement gap, discipline gap, and disproportionate referral of African American students for discipline continue to exist. More specifically, black boys are more likely to be referred for special education services, deemed as behavior problems, receive more days of out of school suspensions, and are reading further below grade level than their white counterparts. Participants will learn, through the eyes and voices of black boys, strategies to ensure their behavioral success in school.

Using Twitter to Promote Your School and Grow Professionally
Jason McDowell – Elementary Principal, Northeast Nodaway Co. R-V

Twitter is one of the most useful tools around when it comes to promoting your school to your parents and the rest of your community. Learn what to share and when to share it. It’s up to us as building leaders to share all of the great things happening in our schools. We will also get a solid foundation of Twitter basics. Utilizing Twitter for professional growth and growing your PLN will be discussed. Twitter chats covering a wide range of grade levels and topics along with hashtags to follow will be a resource you’ll walk away with. This session is geared more towards the beginning to intermediate user but all are welcome!

Be The One: One School's Journey to Trauma Responsive Implementation
Shelly Worley – Elementary Principal, Branson R-IV

The numbers are staggering and growing, and undoubtedly impact the educators in your school. Children who have undergone trauma, or who have experienced a high number of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), are severely at risk for psychological, behavioral, and social-emotional problems. More often than not, these students are in and out of the principal and counselor’s offices, are challenging for their teachers, and often seen as the “bad” kids. As educators, we are critical pieces to the puzzle that can lead to recovery for students of trauma, and at the very least, educate our staff to be trauma sensitive and informed. What’s the answer for these students? It might be as simple as, “Be the one. ” This presentation will be a hands on learning and sharing time where participants will interact with the speaker through anecdotal sharing, research dissection, and professional collaboration. The goal of this presentation will be to share our story of how we have gone from a school that was being reactive with social and emotional learning/behavior management, to a school that has embraced being trauma responsive. We hope to instill hope and guidance to other schools and educators that may be facing similar challenges.

#ParentSHIFT: How Educators and Parents can better work together for the Success of ALL Students
Kyle Palmer – Executive Director of Human Resources, Center 58

Across America, the relationship between educators and parents has become increasingly challenging. Join Dr. Kyle Palmer to learn strategies on how your PLC can better partner with parents on how to increase engagement, offer conflict-resolution solutions, and leverage parents in student learning. This session will go in-depth on this dynamic partnership that must exist in schools. Come join me on this #PartnerSHIFT journey!


Monday, March 2
9:15 am - 10:15

Design and Implement Professional Learning to Improve Results
Crystal Magers – Elementary Principal, Springfield Public Schools
Joanna Clark – Assistant Principal, Springfield Public Schools

How do you ensure professional learning is designed, implemented and monitored to increase educator effectiveness and results for all students? Experience Sherwood Elementary's journey to ensure teachers are provided job-embedded, personal, relevant professional learning that improves student outcomes. Enjoy time to collaborate, create your own plan, and leave with a sample building professional learning plan, complete with multiple processes, learning designs and protocols to use within learning communities.

It's All About Relationships
Robin Smith – Instructor, Southeast Missouri State University

Six newly hired novice teachers are anxious and at the same time elated to attend their first days of professional development in the school district.  Their principals are nervous for them but confident in the new hire’s ability to apply their university training into professional practice in the classroom.  The enthusiastic teachers trim the classroom with brand new decorations, arrange desks, and see a learning space they have envisioned come to life. By the time the year is over, two of the six will decide to take down the bulletin boards, classroom posters, their name off the door, leaving a career in teaching behind. Why are novice teachers leaving teaching? It's all about relationships. The relational trust developed between teacher and principal has an impact on the sense of belonging a new teacher develops and a correlation to teacher attrition or retention.

Unleash your Leadership
Kyle Palmer – Executive Director of Human Resources, Center 58

Do you spend more time "working IN your work" or more time "working ON your work?" Take some time to work on you and raise your leadership lid. Come join John Maxwell Team certified speaker, trainer and coach Dr. Kyle Palmer to learn how to build your influence and add value to others, understand the different levels of leadership, and how to become a Level 5 Leader!

MTSS: Analysis to Action
Carrie Reich – Elementary Principal, Grain Valley R-V
Casey DeLoach – Assistant Principal, Grain Valley R-V

Like many other schools, Grain Valley School District has been researching and learning about MTSS (RTI for academics and behavior).  We introduced a universal screener and partnered with a university consultant to move forward with a systematic approach to the interventions we have been using.  We will share our process, data, and take away tools to help move your approach forward.

Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to:
-Describe how one school/district approached (and continues to approach) the implementation of the MTSS process.
-Take a closer look at the data within your own district to identify interventions


A Restorative Approach to Discipline: Welcome Centers, Proactive Opportunity Plans, and Mindfulness
Sheri Schjolberg – Elementary Principal, Riverview Gardens
Jessica Ponder – Home to School Coordinator, Riverview Gardens
Shelby Hursh – PBIS Specialist, Riverview Gardens

Come see how Danforth Elementary in the Riverview Gardens School District has transformed a regular classroom into a calming oasis for students in crisis. The Welcome Center is managed by the schools PBIS Specialist and Home to School Coordinator and serves as a safe place for students to de-escalate and reset their behavior. The Welcome Center involves all stakeholders in the creation of  Proactive Opportunity Plans (POPs). These plans provide students with strategies and interventions to be successful in school and at home. Breaks in the Welcome Center may include morning meditation, mini lessons on brain function and teaching students how to utilize their individualized coping skills toolbox.

How to Organize, Implement, and Fine-Tune: Curricula, Standards-Based Grading, Common Assessments, and RTI
Scott Davidson – Elementary Principal, Gasconade Co. R-II

In this session you will see an example of how to organize, implement, and fine-tune: curricula, standards-based grading, common assessments, and RTI.  You will be walked through the process of how to create and refine pacing guides and common assessments by utilizing Missouri Learning Standards, Item Specification Reports, DOK charts, and Item Analysis Reports.

Principals Amplify Learning
Laura Gilchrist – Consultant & Coach, ParentCamp/Teacher, MOSTOY Network
Glenda Monachino, Consultant, Coach, and Former Teacher, Liberty 53

In this session, principals will explore ways to build collective efficacy for teachers and families using technology tools. Participants will be immersed in a blended learning environment in which they will have voice and choice and can choose between many fast-break sessions. Learning options include the following: John Hattie effective strategies, ideas for building positive culture at staff meetings and in PD; ways to build capacity with families.  We look forward to a collaborative session that showcases a Blended Learning environment that will empower principals as instructional leaders. Bring cell phone or tablet and computer for a full experience.

Take the 'U' out of CULTURE!
Samantha Hamilton – Elementary Principal, Neosho R-V

School culture refers to the way teachers and other staff members work together and the set of beliefs, values, and assumptions they share. A positive school climate and school culture promote students' ability to learn. As a school leader, fostering and creating this is one of our main responsibilities and there are so many people and books reminding us every day! This session will be all about how the leader of an elementary school found out that what she thought she knew about culture was all wrong and in fact, she needed to take herself out and empower others!

Turning Challenge Into Opportunity - One School's Journey Out of School Improvement
Lori Harter – Assistant Principal, Carthage R-9
Jana Sawyer – Director of Language Services, Carthage R-9
Ronna Patterson – Elementary Principal, Carthage R-9

Fairview Elementary School, a K-4 building with 68% EL enrollment, was identified as a focus school in 2012 due to low super-subgroup performance in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Come learn how Fairview focused on shared leadership, school-wide collaboration, building climate and culture, and instruction to help close the academic achievement gap and increase success for all students and staff.

Oh, the Places You'll Go: With Coaching & Effective Feedback
Bonita Jamison – Executive Director of Integrated Support and Accelerated Learning, Ferguson-Florrisant R-II

Do you feel like you are working hard, but with minimal results? Are you looking for ways to move your school district or school? Principals are being charged with being the instructional leader in schools. However, the most difficult task facing school districts today is the development of principals. While quick building walk-throughs minimally move the needle, coaching and effective feedback provided to building principals have been found as key levers that impact student outcomes over time. Participants in this session will explore coaching, through the lens of six steps to effective feedback, specifically designed to develop and cultivate the instructional leadership skills of principal leaders.

What Principals Need to Know about Investigating Claims of Misconduct and Discrimination
Natalie Hoernschemeyer – Partner, Mickes O’Toole, LLC

School Principals are pulled in a thousand different directions each day. When serious questions of possible misconduct come up, how can you conduct both a thorough and prompt investigation, while still getting to the rest of your work? We will discuss effective strategies to avoid red flags and develop best practices.


Monday, March 2
1:45 pm -  2:45

I'll Have a Side of Equity with Light Diversity to Go,  Please
Howard Fields – Principal, Webster Groves

According to Jeffrey Baumgartner, “buzzwords” can be so overused they eventually become meaningless.  In education, words like “equity” and “diversity” have become 21st century abstract concepts that are practically left for organizational interpretation.  Such variance among organizations frequently results in a shortfall of the ambitious goals that are publicly declared.

In this session, participants will learn various levels of  “equity” and “diversity” in the educational context, discuss various mental models of these terms, challenge the effectiveness of these initiatives, and establish ways to avoid “equity” and “diversity” becoming another meaningless and overused term in education.

Telling Your School's Story: Harnessing the Power of Social Media
Melanie Hutchinson – Assistant Principal, Lee’s Summit R-VII

Looking at how to create and sustain your school's social media presence.  What engages your audience and how to streamline multiple platforms. How to create effective campaigns that engage your community and tell the story of your students!

Three Smart Strategies for Student Success
Michelle Collins – Elementary Principal, Branson R-IV
Stacie Thompson – Assistant Principal, Branson R-IV

This presentation will provide a recipe for success. Attendees will leave with all the ingredients necessary to cook up their own school success stories. Attendance Intervention, Success Skills and a Student Lens Approach are three strategies that can help your school move the needle from GOOD to GREAT! Presenters will share the tools to build these three change agents into your school's current practices and gain overall momentum.

Beyond the Basics: A Comprehensive Approach to Supporting New Teachers
Chelsea Jackson – Assistant Principal, Hallsville R-IV
Madeline Whitaker Good – Author, Speaker and Former Teacher

You've hired your new teachers...  now what?  During this session we will provide information about supporting teachers during their beginning years of teaching.  Topics will include new teacher academy, mentoring, technology tools, observations...  and more!

Two Sides of the Data Coin
Melissa Payne – Elementary Principal, Sparta R-III
Nicole Humble – Curriculum Director, Sparta R-III
Angie Barnes – K-8 Math Coach, Sparta R-III
Haleigh Brown – K-8 ELA Coach, Sparta R-III

Data is not the destination, but part of the journey.  Not only do we use data to pinpoint weaknesses but it is used to celebrate the growth and success of our student learning.  No matter where you are on the data path, the tools shared will support your continuous learning.  Your reflective practices paired with assessment capable learners will increase student learning.   Attendees will walk away with practice creating proficiency scales leading to assessment audit and practice utilizing assessment audit to record data.

Transforming Into an Elementary Trauma Sensitive School - It's a Journey not a Destination
Tracy Sanders – Elementary Principal, Lee’s Summit R-VII

Becoming a trauma sensitive school, especially in a predominantly affluent school district is MESSY! There is no finality or arrival - it is a constant journey of trials and work based in relationships with students, the community, and families. Learn from our journey and resources you can use to guide your own journey toward becoming a trauma sensitive school. We will discuss strategies to calm your building down, strategies to regulate students, and building wide language the entire staff can switch to that focuses on relationships, grace, and missing skill teaching!

Navigating the Standards Referenced Learning Journey
Kristi Shinn – Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Columbia Public Schools
Lindsey Troutman – Coordinator of Social Studies and Language Arts, Columbia Public Schools

Grades should communicate what students know and are able to do! Learn of one district's journey in defining and learning the why, the what, and the how of a standards referenced system. This interactive presentation will take you through the twists and turns of our standards referenced journey. Hang On! It can be a bumpy ride!

School Transformation in an Urban Title 1 School
Karol Howard – Elementary Principal, Kansas City 33
Lori Bestgen – Instructional Coach, Kansas City 33
Brian Schneider – Teacher, Kansas City 33
Felicia Bowles – Teacher, Kansas City 33
Kelsey Davis - Teacher, Kansas City 33

This presentation will share one school's transformation, including experiences in using performance data to individualize instruction, improving teacher focus and practice, and developing a plan to increase the overall instructional impact in our school.

Pitcher Elementary School was designated as a low performing school.  It has since progressed from being one of the lowest performing schools in the KCPS district and the state to one of the top performing schools in KCPS. 

How Lead Measures Lead to Closing the Achievement Gap
Christy Moulder – Elementary Principal, Camdenton R-III

This presentation will touch on how using The 4 Disciplines of Execution model can help develop a focus on improving Tier 1 classroom instruction as a means to closing the achievement gap.  The bulk of the learning will be spent on how individualized lead measures help guide student learning so that a personalized learning environment is created.  Students are provided with their own learning data so that they are able to write an X to Y by when goal, track their lead measure, provided opportunities both inside and outside of school to practice the skills, and collaborate weekly with their teacher about their progress.  We write goals, not wishes!  We were able to track Tier 1 improvements in proficiency rates in math on both our local standardized assessment and our state MAP assessment.

Navigating Discipline for Students with Disabilities
Emily Omohundro – Attorney, EdCounsel, LLC

This session will discuss discipline issues for students with disabilities.  Topics will include working with parents and advocates, how to manage communication when the parents involve an attorney, privacy considerations, and the proper process for handling requests for changes in placement amidst disagreement.

Establishing Credibility as a Principal and Leader of the School Community
Andy Wright – Elementary Principal, Liberty 53

In order to be effective, principals need to be perceived as credible and trustworthy leaders of the school.  The results of a recent research study identifying the behaviors, actions and professional habits of effective principals will be shared and discussed during this interactive session. The results of this study can provide new and lightly experienced elementary school administrators with a “road map” to establishing credibility.


Monday, March 2
3:00 pm - 4:00

Managing Your First Years as a Principal!
Brett Hieronymus – Elementary Principal, Sedalia 200

The principalship is a never ending roller coaster! The desire to lead and affect change is a noble calling. At times, it can be very lonely and at others, very crowded. In this session we will look at pit-falls to avoid, where to spend your energy and where NOT to and the ways in which to help you deal with the first year/years in the principal position.

Major topics include Specific Feedback, Protecting Teacher Time, Establishing Relationships, Prioritizing Commitments, and Accountability for your staff and yourself.

This session will be interactive as the audience will have time to ask questions within their cohort/support group to gain insight and ideas.

Transitions:  They’re Going to Happen!
Hayet Woods – Elementary Principal, West Platte Co. R-II
Sabrina Tillman- Winfrey - Middle School Principal, Lawrence Public Schools

Preparing to transition to a new position, building or district? That is an important move and being prepared helps ease the transition tremendously and set you up for success. As a mentor to new principals through MLDS, a member of the National SAM Innovation Project and graduate of the School ReTool program (Sanford University through Kauffman Foundation) and a current principal who has been fortunate to transition from instructional coach to assistant principal (moved districts), assistant principal to principal (moved districts), principal to principal (same district) and principal to principal (moved districts)... I have learned a thing or two about transitions. Having a plan makes all the difference!

We have Data, Now What?
Rob Hauck – Assistant Principal, Rolla 31

Schools collect data in a variety of ways. This session is designed to discuss what data is being collected and how schools can apply that information to improve student learning. The presentation will be interactive and address issues like RtI, discipline, and district assessments.

I've Got a Book for That:  Books in a Bag Resource
Monica Palmer – Elementary Principal, Polo R-VII
Rebecca Chambers-Arway – Elementary School Counselor, Polor R-VII

Ever have teachers complain about needing a book or resource to help them with challenging classroom behaviors? Too many students blurting out? Too many students not following the directions? Too many students not accepting each other’s uniqueness? See how one elementary school principal and the school counselor worked together to create a resource library for their elementary school. Putting together books and lesson plans in a bag for teachers to access whenever the need arises! Instead of having an app for that, our teachers have a book for that!

Teaching is Listening. Learning is Talking.
Melissa Payne – Elementary Principal, Sparta R-III
Nicole Humble – Curriculum Director, Sparta R-III
Angie Barnes – K-8 Math Coach, Sparta R-III
Haleigh Brown – K-8 ELA Coach, Sparta R-III

Disengaged students?  Struggle to get students to retain information?  Does shallow thinking plague your classroom?  In this session, we will discuss how to push learning forward and move students from being passive participants to actively constructing meaning.  Our goal for students is to think critically, use academic vocabulary, and further their own discussions by asking questions.  Learn how to deepen student learning outcomes through productive student discourse in K-12 classrooms. 

Session Outcomes:
-  Attendees will take away strategies on how to train students in talk moves.
-  Attendees will take away practical ways to implement student discourse in various content areas.
-  Attendees will take away research based evidence supporting student discourse.

Got Passion?
Heather Shaffer – Elementary Principal, Leeton R-X
Jennifer Corson – Middle & High School Principal, Leeton R-X

Do you, your staff, or students suffer from passion fatigue? In this session we will share our journey and experiences to foster an environment of passionate adults and students. Learn creative and easy to implement ways to ignite passion through student leadership opportunities, passion-based learning, staff unity and community partnerships.

Putting Together the Pieces of a Student Support Center. How to Organize Within your Building for Students in Trauma.
Gina Christy Conrad – Assistant Principal, Camdenton R-III
Angelina Rogers – Assistant Principal, Camdenton R-III
Naomi Eidson - Social / Emotional Support Specialist, Camdenton R-III

This workshop will help you put together the pieces of the puzzle of support for your students in trauma and will link you to great resources that provide information you need! Camdenton Administrative Staff will share information about where they found money within their budget for their 5th and 6th grade students in trauma, and what systems are vital to have in place to ensure the ongoing growth and success of trauma support. The pieces of the puzzle are there – you just have to decide how to put it together!

 “… and I’m the LEA Representative. Wait. I’m the What?”
Jeremy Montague – Assistant Principal, North Kansas City 74

Throughout the year, building administrators devote countless hours to attending IEP meetings which should run smoothly and efficiently. This interactive session will allow everyone, regardless if you are a new administrator or a seasoned veteran, to explore, clarify, and better understand the role of Local Education Agency (LEA) representative during IEP meetings. This session will also provide everyone with a few more tools and tips to take back to their building/district to help ensure all IEP meetings run effectively and are in compliance.

HR for Building Leaders
Emily Omohundro – Attorney, EdCounsel, LLC

This session will focus on how building leaders can implement specific best practices with regard to personnel matters in order to handle issues autonomously within their buildings while also being an effective partner with HR/Central Office in order to be effective and equitable across the district.

Intergenerational Tutoring; Where Student Performance and Community Involvement Goals Intersect
Lori Deubner – RSVP Coordinator, Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring
Elizabeth Pawloski - National Director Tutoring Partnerships and Expansion, Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring
Jill Wright – Elementary Principal, Hancock Place

The Oasis Intergenerational tutoring program complements the Parent, Student and Community Engagement goals in most school district’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plans (CSIP) by pairing caring older adults with students in grades K-3 to foster relationships and improve academic skills. In 2018, Oasis tutors helped over 21,000 children in 630 schools in 75 school districts across the country, making it the largest older adult tutoring program in the U.S.

Discover how Oasis Tutoring helped make Hancock Place Elementary a School of Empathy by teaching compassion, resiliency and academic success. Attendees will take away a valuable resource on how to implement an intergenerational tutoring program in your school that meets Comprehensive School Improvement Plan requirements.


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