Concurrent Sessions

10:00 - 12:00

Understanding Change Curves and Implementation Dips
Annette Cozort
John Edgar
Jenee Gregory
Lynn Proctor
Teresa Tulipana
Room:  Redbud

(This session is a part of the Missouri Leadership Development System Program for early career principals.  However, this session is open to all principals)

“We’ve done this before.”  “What we’re doing is working.”  “Do we really need to change
Understanding the change process and the skills necessary to move forward school improvement efforts is key to success. ​ This session equips leaders to address the fear of change while navigating curves and dips that come with initiative implementation. Leave with an understanding of the 7 key elements critical to managing complex change so you avoid resistance, confusion, anxiety, frustration, and false starts and create positive change in your schools!
The session presenters represent 5 of Missouri’s 9 Leadership Development Specialist dedicated to providing Missouri school leaders support through the Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS).


11:00 - 12:00

Creating Buy-In Through Shared Leadership, Social Media & Positive Relationships
Jennifer Corson – Elementary Principal, La Monte R-IV
Amber Knoernschild – Federal Programs Director, La Monte R-IV
Lacy Warren – Secondary Principal, La Monte R-IV
Room:  60

La Monte Elementary will share their story of how they have improved their building culture using shared leadership among staff and students, opportunities to share school and classroom stories through social media, and how to engage and create buy-in from all stakeholders through building positive relationships. During this session, you will receive ideas and resources to take back to your building to improve buy-in, collaboration, and networking among staff, as well as with students, families and the school community.

The Benefits of Sensory Room Integration
Justin Mefferd – Elementary Principal, Wellington-Napoleon R-IX
Devin Graf – Occupational Therapist, Wellington-Napoleon R-IX
Stacey Williamson – Special Education Para/Sensory Room Supervisor, Wellington-Napoleon R-IX
Room:  61

Our occupational therapist, our special education paraprofessional, and principal noticed the many sensory needs of our students. With community grant money, we decided to create a sensory room of our own to meet these needs. The sensory room addresses the three major sensory processing disorders of vestibular, proprioceptive, and tactile needs. Through various activities, students are able to take brief, supervised, sensory breaks in order to function at an optimal level throughout the day. We have observed the many benefits and collected data to show what a difference this has made for our students. Our classrooms also have several flexible seating options to help students meet these needs within the classroom throughout the day. Today we'll discuss the three types of sensory disorders and the activities that go along with them to ensure optimal performance of your students.

The Power of Inclusion - Our Journey to Communities
Sarah Garner – Elementary Principal, Monett R-I
Deb Wycuff – Assistant Principal, Monett R-I
Susie Gasser – Retired Principal, Monett R-I
Room:  62

Once upon a time a group of teachers were visiting schools and noticed how smaller schools had a unique feel that MES was missing. Monett Elementary is a PreK-2nd-grade building with over 600 students that wished to create a home-like feel for everyone. What transpired next, coupled with the intentional use of inclusion activities fueled the change and created positive momentum. In this session, you will come away with quick inclusion activities that will energize meetings and groups to help create your school's happily ever after.

How to Improve Your Attendance for APR
Caleb Petet – Elementary Principal, Concordia R-II
Room:  63

90/90 How do we get our kiddos here? At my previous assignment in Climax Springs, we raised our elementary attendance from 78% to 95% in just one year and our high school attendance from 64% to 92% in just two years. An increase from zero points to ten points on our APR in just three years. Join us as we share some concrete strategies that have worked for us!

STEAM up Your Learning!
Lael Streight – Elementary Principal, Springfield R-XII
Stephanie Summers
Jill Winters
Maria Holstein
Room:  64

Want to create a night of learning adventures that will have students begging to attend with their families? Come join us to see how we have created an annual STEAM night to host 100's of families to participate in science, math, art, technology and engineering activities.

Tips will include: Grant Writing, Starting a Robotics Club, Themes, Community Partnerships, Free Speakers and much more.

Why It Matters and How We Teach It – Enhance Literacy Acquisition by Integrating Handwriting Instruction into Your PK-5 Classroom
Kathleen Wright – Zaner-Bloser Publishing
Room:  70-71

Recent brain-based research shows that handwriting instruction and practice can enhance reading acquisition, elevate math achievement, increase word learning, and improve written expression. Participants will leave this session understanding the impact of handwriting on academic achievement; what systematic explicit instruction looks like; and with practical strategies to seamlessly infuse both printing and cursive handwriting instruction into a PK-5 curriculum.

Coaching the Coachable
Melissa Renfro – Principal, St. Pius X School
Room:  72-73

This will be a group discussion and insight into how to coach and grow teachers using professional development, classroom observations and faculty meetings.

Creating Culture Through Empowerment
Jennie Alderman – Elementary Principal, Blue Springs R-IV
Room:  74-75

There are many effective instructional strategies that engage students and move teaching and learning toward higher level thinking skills. The Leader in Me moves beyond engagement to harness the power of these strategies to empower students to lead their own learning. Empowering instruction rests on a foundation of genuine, trusting relationships. Teachers must have an opportunity to engage in regular planning and reflection through collaborative efforts to ensure learning tasks are engaging and students have an opportunity to pursue learning instead of pursuing the right answer. Through participation in a lab experience, teachers were provided an opportunity to engage each other and enhance the learning in their classrooms. The Leader in Me does not only empower students, it empowers the entire learning community.

Conduct 500 Observations in One Year
Lance McClard – Principal, Jackson R-II
Room:  76-77

Many of us start our year off saying that our goal is to be in classrooms more. However, after reflection on the goal at the end of the year, we often say we can do better. What if I told you that we can? We simply have to change how we view our observations. This session is based on the information I have learned from Mike Rutherford, Missouri Leadership Development, Kim Marshall, Beth Houf, and Shelly Burgess on how to conduct observations more frequently and effectively.

From Stumbling Blocks to Building Blocks
Kimberley Rodriguez – Elementary Principal, Blair Oaks R-II
Blair Oaks Staff
Room:  Sycamore

A flower blooms when given the right conditions. We were a school that was doing okay but have blossomed and flourished together as a team. Join us as we share the struggles we went through to change the climate of the building. The Leadership Team will provide specific strategies on how to create a dynamic culture in schools that support both staff and students. We will share the steps it took to reach high levels of success for our school and our students. The strategies that will be shared can easily be implemented in any building.

Lead Like a Pirate
Beth Houf – Middle School Principal, Fulton 58
Room:  Parasol II

Learn dynamic strategies to inspire staff, dramatically transforms school culture, and build schools where students and staff are running to get in rather than out.  This uplifting and motivational session will demonstrate how to take the revolutionary ideas from Teach Like a PIRATE and supercharge them for educational leaders.  You will walk away from this enthusiastic session with practical ideas that can be implemented immediately to help you Lead…  Like a PIRATE!

12:45 – 1:45

Brain Surgery
Bryan Shallenburger – Elementary Principal, Carthage R-IX
Room:  60

Where does learning happen? We will share ideas for how learning happens in the brain. We will also share about our school Motor Lab that was featured in School and Community Magazine. We will highlight Peer Observations and other structures for improvement your school.

Developing an Integrated Multi-Tiered System of Support:  One District’s Journey
Dr. Kaye Otten – Assistant Professor of Special Education, University of Central Missouri
Dr. Emily Miller – Assistant Superintendent of Special Services, Lee’s Summit R-VII
Room:  61

This session will describe the multiple year journey of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District in developing a multi-tiered system of support that integrates both academics and behavior interventions.

Evaluating Principals: Making a Fuzzy Process More Clear
Dr. Bret Range – Director of Elementary Learning, Springfield Public Schools
Dr. J Anderson – Executive Director of Elementary Learning, Springfield Public Schools
Dr. Brady Quirk – Director of Special Education Services, Springfield Public Schools
Room:  62

The most direct route to improving students’ educational outcomes is by improving teacher effectiveness. Teachers’ ability to forge positive relationships with students, assess students’ current levels of performance, and tailor instruction to meet students’ needs increases learning at a greater rate than other variables. As a result, principals acting as instructional leaders is a role strongly pushed in professional literature. Instructional leadership centers on the ability of principals to evaluate teachers by increasing their instructional capacity. If we expect principals to improve their teacher evaluation skills, it is important for principal supervisors to think about how they support principals in being instructional leaders. The purpose of this presentation is twofold. First, to reflect on our own principal supervision behaviors as we attempt to refine ways we grow principals’ leadership. This includes an in-depth discussion around collecting data around one principal evaluation standard in our school district, Springfield Public Schools (SPS). Two, to ask for assistance from MAESP delegation in answering this important question, “What do principals need most from those who evaluate their effectiveness?”

You're the Principal Now What?
Dr. Suzanne Tiemann – Principal, St. Joseph School District
Room:  63

Congratulations! You are the new principal of a school. I am prepared to give you a ten-step process to make your year awesome before the first day of school. I have been in school administration for more than fifteen years and have loved every minute of it. I think my biggest success has been having a well laid out plan that adjust for the reality of the unpredictable school life.

Bullying and School-Aged Youth:  Prevention Through Leadership
Dr. Chad Rose – Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Missouri
Stephanie Nagel - Doctoral Student, University of Missouri
Jessica Simpson - Doctoral Student, University of Missouri
Room:  64

Bullying has emerged as a pervasive problem facing the nation’s youth. School administrators play a critical role in bully prevention and establishing a safe and supportive environment for all youth. This session will include three components: 1) understanding bullying among school-aged youth, 2) establishing school-wide intervention efforts, and 3) creating a reporting and response protocol. These three components will be discussed in the context of current Missouri State Law (House Bill 1583) and federal civil rights laws. Participants will leave this session with a foundational knowledge of bullying, as well as an action plan for establishing anti-bullying programming within their school. 

Grant Writing 101: Show Me the Money
Rebecca Moppin-Bennett – Elementary Principal, Mexico 59
Room:  70-71

Show me the money! If you are interested in learning more about the basics of grant writing, THIS is where you will want to be! In less than 5 years, I've written and received over $50,000 (and climbing) in grants for my building and district...  and I want to SHARE and HELP you tap into those same grants AND MORE. Leave with resources and tips for locating and writing grants as well as understand the basics of grant management. The money is out there...  LET'S GO GET IT!

Ignite the Passion from Day One
Monica Palmer – Elementary Principal, Polo R-VII
Rebecca Chambers-Arway – Professional Development Chair, Polo R-VII
Room:  72-73

Come learn how one school utilized a school-wide theme to ignite the passion for learning among their students and staff. From a themed office, to classroom door decorations, to monthly assemblies, learn how one school embraced a theme to get students excited about being at school and about learning. This session will share past school-wide themes, activities, and ways in which the principal and school counselor worked together to change the culture in their elementary building. The goal of this session is for principals to walk away with ideas as to how to help them ignite the passion in their students and staff!

Learning to Improve: How to Get Better at Getting Better
Larry Flakne – Program Director, Hook Center, College of Education, University of Missouri
David Lineberry – Associate Director, Hook Center, College of Education, University of Missouri
Room:  74-75

Decades of accountability-driven "educational reform" have yielded very small changes in the measurable effectiveness of schools and school districts. This session will introduce school leaders to the tenets of Improvement Science developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Their work has moved the needle on some very difficult educational challenges. The Hook Center for Educational Leadership and District Renewal, College of Education University of Missouri brings the Carnegie work to Missouri educators. Join us for some thought-provoking information and conversation.

"Yeah, but... What if" Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement
Dr. Jana Parker – Elementary Principal, Lindbergh Schools
Dr. Howard Fields – Principal, Webster Groves
Room:  76-77

WHAT IF students were a part of how their learning environment should be designed? WHAT IF you could create a culture where students had voice and choice? WHAT IF the concept of fail forward was universal among staff? WHAT IF change was sought after instead of resisted? WHAT IF the idea of living on an island no longer existed? WHAT IF...  was the answer instead of...  YEAH, BUT?

Improving Behavior on the Bus: A Team Approach
Gina Crump – Educator/Workshop Facilitator & Owner, ZoeBus, LLC
Room:  Sycamore

Learn easy ways to reduce discipline issues on the bus by combining the efforts of school and transportation personnel! Practical ideas will be shared for preventing behavior issues and addressing repeat behaviors. Mrs. Crump is a veteran school counselor, and owner of ZoeBus, LLC. She has facilitated dozens of student management workshops for bus drivers in the Midwest and has presented at Transportation Conferences nationwide.

Thinking Prompts: Connecting With Kids Through Classroom Discussions
Abby Borth – Instructional Facilitator, Fort Osage R-I
Ramona Dunn – Elementary Principal, Blue Springs R-IV
Room:  Parasol II

We see events and ideas every day that compel us to stop and think, and even discuss with the people around us. The same is true for our students! It is said that the one doing the talking is the one who is doing the learning. Classroom discussions not only promote deep learning (Hattie, Visible Learning), they also help students make connections with others around them. Thinking prompts offer schools a common thread of relevant subject matter that will get powerful and productive discussion flowing. Participants will leave this session with thinking prompts that can be used in faculty meetings and/or classrooms, while also learning that classroom discussions are a timeless instructional practice that can bridge teachers and students together.

Trauma Sensitive Schools Level 1:  How Trauma Impacts the Brain & Trauma-Sensitive Approaches to Supporting Students
Dr. Michelle Hofmann – Elementary Director, Raymore-Peculiar R-II
Dr. Missy Mattingly – Elementary Principal, Raymore-Peculiar R-II
Jennika Miller - Elementary Principal, Raymore-Peculiar R-II
Room:  Redbud

Many students in our schools have experienced trauma in their lives, and the impact this can have on the developing brain is significant.  As leaders, we see the effects of this daily, namely the rising number of students who walk through our doors demonstrating social, emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges today.  This session will help participants better understand the effects that trauma can have upon the developing brain, what impact that has upon learning and behavior, and how we as adults can respond in helpful, trauma-sensitive ways to support the students we serve.

8:00 – 9:00

Be the One: An Educator's First Steps to Understanding Trauma Informed Practices
Shelly Worley – Principal, Branson R9IV
Room:  60

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.”

Fostering the Future: Providing Supports for Students in Foster Care
Dr. Steven Archer – Elementary Principal, Park Hill
Room:  61

Believe it or not, there are more children in foster care across this country than the entire population of St. Louis and Columbia, MO combined. Although children come into care as a result of abuse or neglect, nearly ½ of people surveyed believe children are in foster care because they’ve done something wrong. Adding insult to injury, children in foster care are often invisible in schools. Is it any wonder children in care are many times more likely to drop out of school, or become pregnant teens, homeless or incarcerated? Learn about the Missouri foster system, as well as how schools can help disrupt the foster care to prison pipeline.

Learn From the Best With Swivl!
Mark Burlison – Assistant Principal, Columbia 93
Chelsea Jackson – Teacher,  Columbia 93
Room:  62

Come learn about an easy-to-use video technology that will turn professional development into a teacher-driven movement that allows for collaboration and reflection by capturing real classroom moments. Using this simple device will easily allow for meaningful feedback from colleagues and administrators and can be shared on Google, Twitter, or Youtube! Join the Swivl movement and be prepared to transform how your building approaches classroom feedback and teacher-led professional development.

Student Loan Forgiveness and Financial Wellness
Kelly Ruwe – Representative, Horace Mann
Rob Curtis – Representative, Horace Mann
Room:  63

Are your educators struggling to make student loan payments? Have you lost quality educators because of new teacher salaries and growing amounts of personal debt? Did you know that a student will graduate college with around $37,000 in debt? Frequently, this financial challenge drives new teachers away from the profession as they struggle to make loan payments on a new teacher’s salary. This also provides a daunting challenge to retain quality teachers and build a strong veteran staff. Attend this session where Horace Mann will outline student loan forgiveness programs for qualifying educational employees (Administration, teachers and support staff).  We will also explain how to leverage Student Loan Savings to prepare your employees for Financial Wellness.

Changing the PD Game: Grow Your Teachers, Grow Your Influence, Grow Your Budget
Dr. Jennifer Chastain – Elementary Principal, Nixa Public Schools
Dr. Garrett Lowder – Assistant Pricipal, Nixa Public Schools
Ryan Mahn - Instructional Coach, Nixa Public Schools
Lori Elliott – Learning Specialist, Nixa Public Schools
Room:  64

Welcome to STEAM University where an untapped world of professional expertise has been harnessed. STEAM University, a.k.a. STEAM-U was birthed from the idea that our greatest opportunity for professional learning and expertise is right under our nose. Through innovative scheduling and creative partnerships, John Thomas School of Discovery has opened its doors to host area districts with a fully organic structure in which grade level experts use their plan time to share their teaching talents and expertise with the outside world. Additionally, guests of STEAM-U are provided the opportunity to see teaching in action as participants spend time observing our student filled classrooms. STEAM-U has changed the game as teachers come together to learn during the school day in an authentic setting. It has quickly become a win-win for our teachers and STEAM-U’s fee-based structure also funds professional learning opportunities for the very teachers leading the learning.

Leading in a Digital Age Culture
Cara Wylie – eMINTS National Center, University of Missouri College of Education
Room:  70-71

This session focuses on giving administrators strategies and tools to promote and sustain a positive digital age learning culture as they work with teachers with a variety of educational belief systems, professional development needs and individual journeys in changing their instructional practices. This session will also provide strategies for coaching, supporting, challenging teachers and for facilitating a vision for success.

Growing Learners Into Leaders
Rachelle Jennings - Elementary Principal, Lebanon R-III
Tabitha Thompson - Assistant Principal, Lebanon R-III
Room:  72-73

Attendees of this session can expect to walk away with a timeline of Boswell Elementary's Journey thus far with Leader In Me. We will be sharing the beginning steps of becoming a LIM school and WHY we chose this path. We will have time for a roundtable question and answer session with a panel of administrators, teachers, and students. Door prizes will be given away.

Our Journey with ACL and Collaborative Work
Carolyn Hall – Elementary/Middle School Principal, Mound City R-II
Ms. Emily Schomaker – Teacher, Mound City R-II
Mrs. Becky Reinig – Teacher, Mound City R-II
Room:  74-75

Follow the journey of one northwest Missouri school district as they transition through the process of using collaborative teams and assessment capable learning strategies to enhance the educational environment in their district. You will hear about their failures and successes from the perspectives of an administrator, classroom teacher, and music teacher. This session will provide you with practical information and strategies that you can take back to your school and implement immediately.

School Transformation Focusing on Improving Academics in a Title I Elementary School
Karol Howard – Elementary Principal, Kansas City 33
Kelly Coble – Instructional Coach, Kansas City 33
Brian Schneider, Teachers & Science Content Leader, Kansas City 33
Room:  76-77

Pitcher Elementary School was designated as a SIG Title 1 school. It has since progressed from being one of the lowest-performing schools in the KCPS district and state to one of the top performing schools in KCPS. Our presentation will share our 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.

Adventures in Team Teaching
Cherie Austin – Intermediate Principal, Monett R-I
Jennifer Wallace – Elementary Principal, Monett R-1
Room:  Sycamore

We will share our journey of team teaching and what that looks like within our district. Even though two buildings are team teaching, it looks very different and both are successful!

Revitalizing Your Approach to RtI
Becky Gallagher – Assistant Superintendent, Pleasant Hill R-III
Jakqualyn Boden – District Curriculum Facilitator, Pleasant Hill R-III
Chandra Arbuckle – Intermediate School Principal, Pleasant Hill R-III
Sherry Helus – Primary School Principal, Pleasant Hill R-III
Room:  Parasol II

Are you stuck in a rut with RtI? Does it feel like you aren't making a difference? This session will give you suggestions and ideas to make your RtI practices better. Those who attend the session will be able to reflect and remember why we do the things we do, as well as leave with ideas for improving current approaches.

It's About TIME – Re-imagining Our School Days to Increase Student Engagement
Dr. Kevin Huffman – Principal, Springfield Public Schools
Laura Schulteis – Community Engagement Coordinator, Springfield Public Schools
Room:  Redbud

When you think of out of school time, what first comes to mind?  For many of us, it’s those lazy, hazy days of summertime bliss– bathing suits, flip-flops, and vacation.  And you’d be right, but out of school time (or OST) is so much more than that.  For students, OST is all about experiences. More than your average “one size fits all” after-school program, these experiences are thoughtfully designed for the specific student population they serve; growing student learning and expanding worldviews in a safe, controlled environment under the supervision of those who know them well; a school individual, staff, or team. Come and learn how one elementary site within the Springfield Public School system has re-imagined their school days to create amazing OST experiences for their highly at-risk elementary students, engaging nearly 70% of their student body.


9:15 – 10:15

Engaging Adult Learners -- Avoid the Sit “N” Get!
Dr. Sarah Brown – Elementary Principal, Independence 30
Dr. Cristin Nowak – Middle School Principal, Independence 30
Room:  60

Professional Development can and should be as engaging and personalized as the best classroom instruction. Adult learning should encompass the same instructional strategies that teachers use daily. When done well, PD will motivate and inspire educators to improve their craft and to become self-directed learners.

Session attendees will have the opportunity to learn and share a variety of professional development methods including, but not limited to: staff Twitter chats, Voxer book studies and groups, peer observations (#ObserveMe and Pineapple charts), use of technology (Flipgrid and Peardeck), 10 Minute In-Service, Choice Sessions/EdCamp, Lunch ‘n’ Learns, Total Participation Techniques, and more.

Calm Waters and Stormy Seas:  Embracing the Positive and Negative Aspects of a Growth Initiative
Connie Epperson – Elementary Principal, Fulton 58
Robyn Frame – Teacher, Fulton 58
Helen Jarvis – Reading Interventionist, Fulton 58
Room:  61

When Bartley Elementary set out to make changes involving processes and systems, we found out very quickly that the changes we needed to make affected the existing group norms, beliefs, and values, making change a challenge. It has been estimated that 70% of school initiatives end up in failure. Initiatives for schoolwide improvement are complicated and it is easy to see why many fail. One of the main reasons for this failure is poor execution. Good intentions are not enough if a school hopes to make significant change and growth. At Bartley Elementary, we have experimented over the years to devise, implement and execute improvement goals that have resulted in real change and growth. In this presentation, we will revisit the process of our PLC, sharing our hits and misses and giving all participants our strategies to focus on the four corollary questions.

Genius Hour: Building Passionate Learners
Bobby McCutcheon – Elementary Principal, Independence 30
Room:  62

Genius hour allows students to be in charge of their own learning by self-selecting projects based on their own personal passion. Students become experts in their chosen field by connecting with real-world experts as well as through rigorous online research. Genius Hour sparks critical thinking and problem-solving and leads to high levels of student engagement. Too often, students from disadvantaged backgrounds have a limited exposure to a multitude of careers and possibilities. Genius Hour provides a way for students to explore beyond the curriculum and beyond their own schools and neighborhoods. It exposes them to a wide array of opportunities and helps to ignite a passion for learning in every child. This session explores the purpose of Genius Hour, the plan on how you can effectively implement it in your school, and examples of student projects.

The Story of a PreK-12 Principal
Scott Gemes – Principal, Otterville R-VI
Maria Morrison – Lead Teacher/Title I Teacher, Otterville R-VI
Room:  63

This presentation will be about the first 2+ years as a PreK-12 principal. We will focus on strategies for creating a positive school community and culture within a PreK-12 building. Discussions will include: using the strengths of each staff member to improve on the weaknesses in the building, collaborating with all members of the building by using various meetings (Faculty, Advisory, Team, etc.), sharing ideas that have worked to improve communication with the staff. Additionally, we will share different ways we have celebrated student and staff successes.

Engage! Empower! Improve!
Kristi Shinn – Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Columbia 93
Dr. Jill Dunlap Brown – Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education, Columbia 93
Jana Schmidt – Elementary Language Arts Coordinator, Columbia 93
Chelsea Clark – Regional Coordinator, Boone County Schools Mental Health Coalition
Officers Lenger and Parker
Room:  64

ENGAGE community stakeholders, such as teachers, the police department, mental health providers, and more to EMPOWER student-centered data conversations to IMPROVE community crime stats, decrease discipline referrals, and academic achievement. It takes a village to educate the whole child and move an entire community!

Become a Data Dynamo With Google Forms & Sheets
Dr. Cara Wylie - eMINTS National Center, University of Missouri College of Education
Room:  70-71

If you spend a lot of time sorting and organizing data in Google Sheets AFTER you have closed your Google Form, then this is the session for you! Learn some techniques while setting up your Google Forms and Sheets that will do all the sorting, management and organization for you. Come and learn how Google Forms and Sheets can work together to make data analysis much easier and quicker, saving you hours of time!

R & R - Relationships and Rigor
Lucinda Varner Elementary Principal, Camdenton R-III
Room:  72-73

Need some R & R? So do your staff and students! This session isn't about rest and relaxation - quite the opposite. This session is about building relationships and rigors in your building. You will find ideas to build relationships with staff, students and families as well as how to use these relationships to increase the rigor of your building.

21st Century Learning: Addressing Staff and Student Needs Through Innovation and Personalized Learning
Lacey Adams – Elementary Principal, St. Joseph School District
Tara Wells – Elementary Principal, St. Joseph School District
Dr. Kevin Carroll – Elementary Principal, St. Joseph School District
Room:  74-75

Looking for creative ways to integrate 21st-century learning skills? Find out how personalized learning can promote academic and professional growth. Topics include Co-teaching, personalized PD, personalized learning, maker spaces, PBL, technology etc.

Understanding Student Risk Factors, and Ways to Overcome Them
Dr. J Anderson – Executive Director of Elementary Learning, Springfield R-XII
Room:  76-77

A student's background, experiences, and choices can impact his or her current and future opportunities. This session will invite you to examine assumptions about student backgrounds, and what you can do at your school to be intentional about overcoming at-risk student obstacles.

What Does Intervention Look Like in Your School?
Miranda Cupit – Interventionist, Cassville R-IV
Eric White – Intermediate Principal, Cassville R-IV
Cathy Nunley – Interventionist, Cassville R-IV
Room:  Sycamore

Do you have struggling students in your school and are not sure the best way to get them the help they deserve?  This workshop will discuss how students at Cassville are placed in tiers to promote common identification language; describe the structure and relationship between intervention and Title One programs; identify the criteria used within our program to determine placement, and share other resources used to help struggling students.

Trauma Sensitive Schools Level 2:  As a Leader Where Do I Begin with Systems and Staff Development?
Michelle Hofmann – Elementary Director, Raymore-Peculiar R-II
Missy Mattingly – Elementary Principal, Raymore-Peculiar R-II
Jennika Miller - Elementary Principal, Raymore-Peculiar R-II
Room:  Parasol II

As leaders, we are seeing the effects of trauma upon a rising number of students who walk through our doors demonstrating social, emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges and the call from our staff for support to develop the skills to help.  This session will review the effects that trauma can have on the developing brain and how that manifests in learning and behavior.  Participants will receive an overview of one district’s model for staff development and resources that began with adult learning and aided in beginning their school culture shift to responding in more effective, trauma-sensitive ways to support students and develop staff efficacy.

Top 10 Legal Adventures for Elementary Principals
Duane Martin - Attorney, EdCounsel LLC
J. Drew Marriott - Attorney, EdCounsel LLC
Room:  Redbud

EdCounsel attorneys will walk through various legal scenarios we have faced with elementary administrators during the 2017-18 school year to help attendees get a feel for how to handle similar situations that may arise in their own districts.


1:45 – 2:45

The Science of Learning: Changing School Culture at the Molecular Level
Dr. Todd Fraley – Elementary Principal, Sedalia 200
Room:  60

A scientific perspective: Going beyond research based instructional strategies to discover why they are effective. How to use neuroplasticity and neurogenesis to develop better minds. Brain development from the molecular level along with the role of nutrition, exercise, dopamine, serotonin, and other hormones!  This session will reveal how to improve the brain health of students, yourself, your staff, and your families!

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Launch (K-5)
Andrea Holzwarth – Director of School Engagement, Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
David Hosick – Senior Affiliate Director, Missouri S & T
Room:  61

Your K-5 students already have the qualities of great designers and innovators. What Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Launch does is tap into their exploratory nature, engage them in learning that feels like play, and encourage them to keep discovering. Join us in a PLTW launch module that teaches computational thinking in an unplugged computer science activity: 'Rosie's Run Time.'

Connect. Engage. Reflect. Inspire Growth. Increase Capacity.
Dr. Jason Steingraber – Elementary Principal, Springfield R-XII
Brandon Messner– Specialist, Learning Development, Springfield R-XII
Room:  62

Empower principals and educators to transform personalized learning and growth through engagement in Twitter chats. Transform learning communities to connect early career principals to principal leaders to administrators locally and globally. Understand critical components found in effective chats that positively impacting student success while enhancing reflective practitioners.

Ensuring Success Through Breakfast After the Bell Models and Community Eligibility
Trina Ragain - Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom
Lisa Percival – Community Eligibility Provision Manager, Food & Nutrition Services, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room:  63

Students who eat breakfast do better in school, have better attendance, and fewer discipline referrals than students who do not eat breakfast at school. Yet, just over half of low-income children in Missouri are eating school breakfast. Come learn about proven strategies, such as the implementation of breakfast after the bell models (grab n' go, breakfast in the classroom, and 2nd chance breakfast) and community eligibility, to increase breakfast participation and an exciting grant opportunity available to Missouri schools this year.

Dr. Howard Fields – Principal, Webster Groves
Room:  64

The creators of some of the world’s most useful products all have something in common; they perfected the notion of failure. In fact, Silicon Valley institutes an annual conference (FailCon) for startup companies to discuss why they failed and what can be learned from such failure. The results were evident, failure is often a prerequisite for innovation. If this type of thinking helped create companies such as Twitter and PayPal, how can we embed this mindset and disrupt the education field?

Come and learn how you can use your past failures to help create an environment of risk-taking, which can have a lasting impact on student learning.

Tech Chef PD
Heidi Mackey – Elementary Principal, Pleasant Hill R-III
Room:  70-71

If you are looking for creative professional development for your staff utilizing adult learning theory, this is the session for you! Modeled after an Iron Chef format, this PD model supports secret ingredients, technology integration, building initiatives, and curriculum standards. Participants will learn how to challenge their staff to take risks and master mobile technology!

Cultural Competence – What’s the Game Plan
Dr. Judith Jordan Campbell – Elementary Principal,
Raytown C-2
Room:  72-73

Improving the quality of education continues to be a concern around the nation. The debate focuses upon student success as research attempts to identify what the major correlations of an “effective school” may be. A major correlation that continues to be overlooked and understudied is what it means to be culturally competent. Cultural awareness developed into culturally competent can have a dramatic effect on leadership and student achievement. This workshop has been designed to define the term culturally competent, while outlining its direct connection to culturally relevant pedagogy for K-12 learners. The learning intentions for this workshop are to:

  • Define Cultural Competence: What is it and what it’s not
  • Determine what game we continue to play as it relates to being Culturally Competent
  • Discuss Cultural Competence in relationship to education
  • Connect Cultural Competence to Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
  • Create Personal Stories

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue and activities that reveal how every person is developed in some type of culture, based upon environment and experiences. This workshop will bring awareness to assumptions and biases that impact a work and learning environment, while providing strategies to eliminate perceptions.

I’m Sad, Mad & Traumatized…  And You Still Expect Me to Learn?
Dr. Bryan Pearlman – Director of Gifted Education, Hazelwood
Room:  74-75

Students that have experienced trauma are coming to our schools in record numbers. This crisis impacts schools in all communities and all demographics. Our hearts bleed for these children, but empathy is not enough. We still have to set the bar high and help all students to reach their potential. Current research, data, and numerous hands-on strategies will be shared with attendees. The presenter, Dr. Bryan Pearlman, is a veteran school administrator with a background in mental health.

Caught in the Middle:  Handling Child Custody Disputes that Impact the School Day
Betsey Helfrich – Attorney, Mickes O’Toole LLC
Room:  76-77

This fast-paced presentation will examine common scenarios that schools face regarding child custody disputes that impact the school day, including how to handle tricky dismissal situations, records requests, ex-parte orders, minimizing District liability, keeping your teachers out of court, and keeping your students safe.

Guardians of the Galaxy or Girding Your Loins for the Principalship
Tim Thompson – Elementary & Jr. High Principal, Crystal City 47
Room:  Sycamore

This session is geared for the new or emergent school leader. The first three years of the principalship is the "trial by fire" years, so this veteran administrator will share ideas and experiences to help save you blood, sweat, and tears…  mostly tears. Surviving the early start of your administration experience, setting and nourishing climate, parent communication, student achievement, maintaining momentum and morale will all be the focus.

Composure - Keep Calm & Carry On with Conscious Discipline
Dr. Michelle Hofmann – Elementary Director, Raymore-Peculiar R-II
Dr. Missy Mattingly – Elementary Principal, Raymore-Peculiar R-II
 Jennika Miller - Elementary Principal, Raymore-Peculiar R-II
Room:  Parasol II

Educators can often begin to feel stressed and overwhelmed with emotion. The outcome can lead to excuses, punishment, anger, and burn out. By helping staff learn and practice the skill of composure, leaders can help! Composure is the state or feeling of being calm and in control of oneself. Using Conscious Discipline as the main resource, you will learn about the power of perception, positive reframing, how to identify trigger thoughts, how to dig beneath the anger, active calming skills, a basic understanding of how the brain works, mirror neurons, downloading calm to others, and reducing/managing stress. We will end the session with strategies you can support staff in implementing with your students; these include daily rituals, the language of safety and implementing a calm spot.

Interactive Leadership Breakout Q&A with Adam Welcome
 Adam Welcome – Keynote Speaker
Room:  Redbud

Here’s your chance to dig deeper and have a breakout Q&A with Keynote speaker and Kids Deserve It! author Adam Welcome.  Attend this session where Adam will get more personal and talk specific challenges and ideas you're facing in your district with those who attend! Capitalize on his expertise to develop specific strategies and plans for moving forward with new and old ideas that will boost the mojo and learning for all students and staff!


3:00 – 4:00

We Rise by Lifting Others
Samantha Hamilton – Elementary Principal, Neosho R-V
The Goodman Elementary Leadership Team
Room:  60

This session will be all about teachers helping teachers to improve student learning. We succeed and fail as a team, and we rise together when we lift each other up. We will show and share how we learn from and collaborate with each other, other schools, and administration.  We will share how we created and are able to keep the mindset to continue growing as professionals to always be able to focus on moving forward.


Teaching or Learning? What is Your School's Instructional Focus?
Josh Holt – Elementary Principal, Springfield R-XII
Room:  61

Does your school's focus and mission lean more towards teaching or learning? After attending this session you will walk away with practical steps to help you and your staff shift your focus towards student learning outcomes to more effectively impact instructional practices. Come find out how a small Title I school shifted its focus towards monitoring students learning outcomes to improve their planning and teaching practices. You're invited to see how this school took their theme "#knowyourpurpose" to a new level.

Future Eagles: One School's Journey in Kindergarten Transition
Dr. Janell Bagwell – Elementary Principal, Springfield R-XII
Jenny Hill – Parents As Teacher Educator, Springfield R-XII
Monica Lamb – Teacher, Springfield R-XII
Room:  62

This presentation will share the evolution of Field Elementary's Future Eagle program. Over the years we have tried several strategies for kindergarten readiness and have found an approach that focuses more on transitioning of the family and building relationships. We will share our tools, strategies, triumphs, and failures (aka learning opportunities). Our goal is for participants to walk away with ideas they could replicate in their school community as they work to provide a foundation for future learners.

Navigating the Beginning Years as a New Principal
Dr. Ryan Link – Elementary Principal, Columbia 93
Room:  63

The first years of a principal's job can be overwhelming. This session will include practical ideas you can take back to your building and put into action. Topics will include establishing a leadership team, building a positive building culture and coordinating systematic processes in the building (PLC, RTI, PBIS, data teams). The major theme of the session will be ways to build relationships with staff members that will lead to a stronger building culture/climate.


I AM Noticed
Jaime Lyon – Co-Director, I AM Noticed
Amy Johnson – Co-Director, I AM Noticed
Room:  70-71

The I AM NOTICED program is a philosophy educators can utilize to provide continuous improvement in a school environment. The concept of Noticing in a creative way is a proposed method of practical leadership that when used properly will help educators reach their building goals. Our goals are to help increase academic achievement, parental involvement, positive school culture and to decrease behavior incidents and staff turnover.

Our intention is to train educators on the impact of noticing and appreciating everyone in the school environment. Within this session it is our intention that participants experience the power of self-esteem, worthiness, feeling appreciated and knowing that who they are and what they do matters. Ultimately we want them to have the concept and the programming opportunities to take back to their school or district.

The Benefits of Becoming a Service Learning Elementary School
Dr. Tim Majerus - Elementary Principal, Columbia 93
Quintin Imler – Teacher, Columbia 93
Room:  72-73

This session will focus on the benefits to students, staff, and the community of implementing a school-wide Service Learning program in an elementary school. The presenters will provide examples of effective Service Learning projects from kindergarten through 5th grade.


Driving Student Learning Through Professional Learning Communities
Tammy Eldridge – Elementary Prinicpal, North Kansas City 33
Room:  74-75

How does a struggling school gain buy-in on sweeping, needle-moving change? Through a professional learning community approach, West Englewood Elementary School was able to convey the power of data-driven decision making; rigor, relevance, and relationships; and strategic professional development as a means to increase student achievement. Resulting in a school-wide commitment to a “No Excuses” mentality, attendance increased, advanced and proficient percentages on state assessments rose and subgroup performance has soared. Come to this session if you’re motivated to create and maintain a positive learning environment. You’ll walk away with precise strategies for using PLCs to shift the mentality for increased learning for all.


Transforming School Culture Through Action Research
Jane Crawford – Elementary Principal, Ferguson-Florissant R-II
Chanel Higgins – Instructional Support Leader, Ferguson-Florissant R-II
Dr. Ingrid Carter, Keeven – Elementary Principal, Hazelwood
Room:  76-77

It has been said that "Culture eats strategy for breakfast", and as a result, the act of transforming school culture is paramount in creating a healthy and high achieving school. Parker Road would like to share our journey through Action Research and how it has allowed us to begin transforming school culture - where there is a sense of belonging for all. We would also like to present participants with some input training and activities around beliefs and tools that can be taken and applied to each participant's home school if they choose. After learning about these tools, schools will have a chance to plan and create some action steps for application in their own setting.

“I'll Fly Away” Songwriting in the Classroom Program
Angie Brewer – Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, McDonald County R-1
Betsy Brumley – Chairman, I’ll Fly Away Foundation
Room:  Sycamore

The program consists of a five to ten day, 60 minutes per day, guided writing program with an actual published songwriter. The songwriter works as a co-teacher with the regular classroom teacher to take the students through the writing process from brainstorming to publishing using music as a medium. At the end of the program, the class will have worked collaboratively to create original song works tied to topics within their grade level MO Learning Standards. This is a foundation-funded program. We are in our third year of participation and are excited to share the gains in writing fluency our students are achieving. Funding sources will be shared during the presentation.

Creating a Plan for Success:  Integrating Project Management Processes Into our Comprehensive School Improvement Plan!
Jeania Burton – Elementary Principal, Montgomery County R-II
Jennifer Krattli - Elementary Principal, Montgomery County R-II
Chris Redmon - High School Principal, Montgomery County R-II
Dr. Della Bell-Freeman - Assistant Superintendent, Montgomery County R-II
Room:  Parasol II

The Montgomery County R-II District is on a journey of improvement. We developed a new CSIP using a collaborative process to drive improvement processes. We used this model to develop our building improvement plans, too. We will talk to you about how our process aligns with the research base for effective planning. Additionally, we will share our work with embedding project management processes into the plan to help us focus on accomplishing our CSIP goal! A focus on measurable goals and the monitoring of progress are part of our culture. Please join us for a blend of the research and science behind organizational improvement and practical advice about how to put this into practice.

Tech Tools for Leaders
Carrie Reich – Elementary Principal, Grain Valley R-V
Kacie Pennington – Elementary Principal and Early Childhood Director, Lexington R-V
Room:  Redbud

This montage of tools and how to use them will surely light a spark on how to make your daily life run more smoothly. There is something for everyone as we work through a laundry list of several tech tools and provide information on a few more to explore on your own. As an added bonus we will include time to learn from fellow participants and how they use technology as a school leader.

Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals
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Jefferson City, MO  65109

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