2019 Teacher Leadership Summit

Aspiring Leadership Strand

Collaborative Leadership as a Pathway to Equity

“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”  This is a popular saying that underscores how important the concept is that representation matters!  This session will serve 3 critical functions on making sure you can become part of and then build from within, a collaborative culture that believes in shared leadership that is reflective of and represented by the community.  First, we will examine how aspiring leaders, particularly aspiring leaders of color, can prepare themselves to lead and stand out among a pool of applicants.  Second, we will examine how once given an opportunity, leaders can cultivate a culture of collaboration, drawing from successful structures of the presenter’s experience within the Osborn School District.  Finally, we will highlight how the values of the community must be reflected in the decision-making process. Dr. Michael Robert

Purposeful Leadership

As a leader, where do you want to take your organization? Knowing your purpose and helping others discover their purpose is critical to getting your organization where you want it to go. Purpose provides focus supporting the decision making process by providing criteria to make decisions. This presentation will help in identifying your purpose and helping others find theirs making it easier for us to understand and communicate what we want to get the outcomes we desire.

Dr. Louis Laffitte, Jr

Leading with Integrity: Being the Person You Want Others to Be

Integrity stems from the Latin word ‘integer’ which means whole and complete. So integrity requires an inner sense of ‘wholeness’ and consistency of character. When you lead with integrity, people should be able to visibly see it through your actions, words, decisions, methods, and outcomes. When you are ‘whole’ and consistent, there is only one you. You bring that same you wherever you are, regardless of the circumstance. You don’t leave parts of yourself behind. You don’t have a ‘work you,’ a ‘family you,’ and a ‘social you.’ You are YOU all the time. Let’s explore the meaning of integrity, values, beliefs and how they affect your decision making process! Dr. Joyce Luckie

Leadership 101

Leadership matters, quality leadership and research methodologies to identify appropriate leadership components, traits, skills, and characteristics have been studied for quite some time. Why does leadership matter? It matters because leadership when considered within an organizational context is critical to the overall health and success of any organization that involves people. This interactive 45 minute presentation will support aspiring leaders in building a foundational understanding of core leadership vocabulary, concepts, and theories (Berger 2014). All leaders should have a foundational understanding of who they are as leaders so this can be clearly communicated to organizational followers.   Brian Guliford

Great Leaders Lead for the Promise of Hope for our Students

Great leaders recognize that the way to acquire and maintain increased academic outcomes is to maintain a proactive vision, monitor goals and objectives, develop leadership within a school community, and accept responsibility for student achievement. This presentation will include data to encourage leaders to build leadership capacity, inspire leaders of learning, and ensure all students are prepared for post-secondary education. Educational leaders often struggle with accountability and lose their main focus, concentrating on state assessments and school labels. Please do not misunderstand me, these items are very important, but we must focus on excellence; not only with testing but also in the lives of our students. There are many perceived and real roadblocks that interfere with preparing our students for the future. Educational leaders influence people and have a position to increase the number of students’ access into higher education. Systems in schools, relationships with families, and great teachers make the difference. Raising the bar, our students, our communities, and our world are dependent upon us. 

Dr. Anna Battle

Aspiring to School or District Leadership: The ‘Leader’ Factor

 Leadership is an interesting word. It encompasses more than the mere understanding of ‘guiding’ individuals. It is about the character, integrity and meaning you bring to the role of being a leader. Education has faced extreme challenges across the United States and the role of the school and district leader will play a significant role in making the changes necessary to improve the quality of education.  To be successful as a school or district leader, there are five qualities that you must possess (The Five Educational Leader Factors©):  Leader Integrity, Leader Determination, Leader Courage, Leader Knowledge, and Leader Moral Compass. 

Dr. Arleen Kennedy  

Teacher Efficacy/Equity

Opportunities for Teachers

 The Arizona Educational Foundation provides several programs that support and celebrate teachers and schools. This session will explore information on the Arizona Teacher of the Year Awards, the Next-Gen Teacher Project, the Principals Leadership Academy of Arizona (for teachers interested in pursuing administrative roles), and much more.  Kim Graham 

True Freedom through Reigniting the Imagination

In this session, we will be exploring the top 5 items that block a child's imagination from becoming studio of  masterpieces. This is vital in understanding all the powers that are at play and learning the tools to be the solution. Have you ever asked why creating a safe learning environment is MANDATORY.  We will understand when we start with how you feel about yourself, your abilities and then your students. We can see the spaces that may keep you from getting through to a student. 

To fully impact children we must know who we are. When do you use your imagination? Is there shame, guilt or judgement wrapped up in it?  Where is your little child? What work do we all need to do? Figuring out how to use the imagination to get the results you desire is simple once you understand how it all works. Michelle LLC

National Board Certification and You!

Interested in the National Board Certification process?  Unsure if you’re ready?  Want to know more about how everything fits together?  If so, this session is for you!  During our time together we will focus on the requirements of the process,  financial assistance that is available, an overview of the four components, the standards and writing, and answer any questions you may have. This session will also be an opportunity for you to connect with a community of National Board Certified Teachers, who are trained to coach candidates through the logistics of certification.  

Adrienne Henderson-Cole, NBCT 

Advancing Education Equity through ESSA: An AfricanAmerican Perspective

 This session will cover a brief overview of the National Urban League’s Every Student Success Act, ESSA report card on Arizona with a focus on teacher equity, utilizing other education data to outline teacher preparedness issues associated with achievement gaps for Arizona students.  Teniqua Broughton    

Equity, Inclusion, and Cultural Relevant Pedagogy

How Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) May be Impacted by Historical Trauma

The premise of this workshop is that populations historically subjected to long-term, mass trauma-colonialism, enslavement exhibits a higher prevalence of disease even several generations after the original trauma occurred. Understanding how historical trauma might influence the current health status of African Americans in the U.S., we examine how stress from racial trauma affects infants/toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children through adulthood and how it may provide new insight for eliminating health disparities and that multigenerational trauma may connect to increased ACEs. Dr. Carlian Dawson

Implicit and Explicit Biases in Public Education


 This presentation focuses on a history of public education and the foundation of separate but equal being the basis for much of the cultural, intellectual and social biases that permeate public schools in the United States. The presenter delves into the definitions of discrimination, stereotype and biases and ask the audience to unpack their own experiences with each of these phenomena. Snowden (2005) articulates a definition of explicit biases and the work from Myrdal (1944) highlights the history of implicit biases. Also included in the presentation is Dardner’s 2009 work on culture and power in the classroom. How to become more aware of biases and how to confront them, both inside the classroom and elsewhere will be discussed.  Dr. Stuart Rhoden

Don't Let My S.W.A.G. (Strong With Amazing Gifts) Trouble You!


  The workshop session will engage the participants, how to foster and appreciate the S.W.A.G. ( Strong With Amazing Gifts)  Black students bring to school every day. Classroom teachers and school leaders will participate in small group discussion to examine the cultural gifts Black students possess to engage in rigorous learning tasks.  Participants will deeply analyze school norms to minimize cultural incongruences to academic and behavior expectations.  Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Teams will be shown how to integrate cultural considerations in aligning school and classroom discipline and instruction in Black students.   Key components of Culturally Conscious Teaching Principles (CCTP) will be introduced to support classroom teachers in designing lessons to foster positive racial identity development and structured oral language development to increase student resiliency and academic learning.  Edwin Lou Javius

The Power of Our Stories

Culturally appropriate materials taught to students more than teach the concepts and the POs required by the state. These materials empower students to imagine the power of their own stories and abilities. These materials allow students to reflect on their own journeys and in the process enhance their abilities to dream of their desired futures. Over the course of the last 14 years, I have taught in the classroom and as a guest artist “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros. The novel and writing prompts inspired by the text and coupled with theatre techniques have allowed me to motivate students to seek knowledge on their own, and to analyze their roots from a critical and creative perspective. I’ve been amazed and overwhelmed by their response and feel the lessons learned and shared with the group can further prepare educators who work with multiple cultures in our schools. Sharing our stories empowers all of us to advance the stories we want written of ourselves.  

Marcelino Quiñonez, MFA

Understanding Racial/Socio-Economic Disparities in Education, and how our Students are Impacted

Race and poverty can play a significant role in determining the school experiences of students.  The sad reality is that students of color are disciplined at a higher rate than their peers and have less access to the robust course offerings needed to equip them for success in higher education.  Similarly, students who come from low socio-economic status are also denied opportunities that are given freely to students who have greater economic means.  In this session we will explore the challenges students of color and students in communities with a low socio-economic status face daily in our school.  Participants in this session will be equipped to identify the factors that impact our students and learn practical ways to raise awareness and energize stakeholders. David Jefferson

Before They Even Walk In the Door: Exclusionary Praxis in AZ Charters

This presentation will unpack the results of an investigation launched by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona (ACLU-AZ) into the exclusionary practices charters around the state employ to deny marginalized student populations entry into their schools. Through the ACLU-AZ’s Demand to Learn Campaign, parents from around the state filed complaints regarding the dissuasion and discouragement they experienced attempting to enroll their children in various charter schools. The resultant Schools Choosing Students report discovered a myriad of state and federal violations which effectively served to anesthetize student options and parent choice. Which schools set forth to make corrections to these violations? Which denied they were outside the letter of the law? Finally, what do these findings foreshadow about the condition of disparate educational denial in all schools, public charter and traditional public, throughout the state? Dawn Demps



Classroom Management/School Safety

Restorative Justice Practice - Rethinking Discipline

Restorative Justice Practice is a theory based on a set of principles that guide a response for specific conflict or harm.  These principles are based on practices that have been used for centuries in indigenous cultural and religious groups. The practice is best accomplished through cooperate process, that include all stakeholders buy-in. Effective implementation of Restorative Justice Practice can lead to the transforming of people, relationships, schools and communities.  Restorative Justice Practice is an alternative to the current policies and procedures associated with school discipline, which are often referred to as a feeder for the "school-to-prison pipeline."  Restorative Justice Practice embodies values of empathy, respect, accountability and responsibility, attributes that enhance all climates and cultures.  Finally, Restorative Justice Practice build long lasting relationships, which research supports as directly linked to student achievement. 

Deirdre D. Bruce

Anti-Bullying: Creating a Safe Environment for Youth

 We’ve all heard the song, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt us”. However, words are just as powerful as stones and have the power to both heal and destroy. Hateful words are one of the main reasons why bullying is a growing phenomenon that causes over 160,000 students to miss school every day. A recent U.S. study shows that 17 percent of students reported having been bullied "sometimes" or often. This amounts to almost 1 in 5 students. Many times students who bully also suffer from being bullied at home themselves. Through the use of activities and group discussions, this workshop will help educators understand the impact of bullying, how to combat bullying and create a safe space for students to thrive. Dr. Tamika Sanders

Strategies On Neutralizing The "Trouble Makers"

 Every school and every classroom will have the presence of a child who will be  disruptive, disrespectful, defiant and even violent at times. The children who are considered the "trouble makers" and constantly being sent to some form of detention. Their behavior produces disorder and chaos in the classrooms. This will constantly have a duel effect: 1) takes the teacher focus off of teaching the students 2) takes the students focus off of learning from the teacher. Neither one of these are good. I will share a few strategies that have proven to be effective in neutralizing this type of behavior in most of the students that fall into this category.  

Ghazi Muhammad  

Experiencing the Full Impact of Culture

    The focus of this presentation is to demonstrate how to effectively address the epidemic of cultural inequities and the lack of accurate cultural representation in the learning environments, school cultures , and  curriculum. Also to demonstrate how to  benefit ( academically and socially) from having, and or creating culturally relevant curriculum for scholars.  Amber Williams  

Rerouting the School to Prison Pipeline

The school-to-prison pipeline is an epidemic that is plaguing schools across the nation. Far too often, students are suspended, expelled or even arrested for minor offenses that leave visits to the principal’s office a thing of the past. Statistics reflect that these policies disproportionately target students of color and those with a history of abuse, neglect, poverty and learning disabilities. This workshop will highlight factors leading to the school to prison pipeline and best practices that educators can use to reroute the pipeline and advocate for students. Instead of pushing children out, teachers need a lot more support and training for effective discipline, and schools need to use best practices for behavior modification to keep kids in school where they belong. 

Dr. Tamika Sanders 

Reflection of Me: Identifying the Real Me

   The intent of this session is to discuss the key elements of what makes up an at-risk, minority scholar.  Identifying how cultural inequities and under-representation directly affects the scholar.   This presentation will demonstrate how having a structured mentoring program can be empowering for both the scholar and the learning community; by building scholar self-empower, leadership,  and accountability.  Amber Williams  

Innovative Practices and Deeper Learning

Reflection of Me: Identifying the Real Me

The intent of this session is to discuss the key elements of what makes up an at-risk, minority scholar.  Identifying how cultural inequities and under-representation directly affects the scholar.   This presentation will demonstrate how having a structured mentoring program can be empowering for both the scholar and the learning community; by building scholar self-empower, leadership,  and accountability.  Amber Williams    

Math Fluency in Problem Solving

 Math has its own language and helping students to become fluent in that language will occur with these researched based strategies!  Conferees will discover an array of fluency techniques that WILL strengthen the mathematical intelligence of ALL students.  This hands-on learning experience will help teachers, school leaders, and central office leaders become aware of neurological, phonological, and retention techniques that will help teachers ensure all students retain information and improve their mathematic achievement. Courtney Johnson, Ph.D

Money to Memphis

Chronicles the Civil Rights Movement from Emmett Till’s murder to Martin Luther King’s assassination.  After experiencing Money to Memphis, educators will have a deeper understanding of what has framed race relations in America. To improve understanding of the mindset of African American children, educators should know the history that helped shape the state of today’s affairs. Money to Memphis teaches that history traversing the 1954 – 1968 timeline, historically proven pivotal in American history, by highlighting significant events, laws and people that directly affected African Americans. 

John Prothro  


Community Safety in Education

Every year, preventable tragedies take the lives of hundreds of children throughout the state. Teaching community safety in our classrooms can help reduce the frequency of these tragedies and create a safer community for those around us. This presentation will look at the leading causes of death for children from age 0-14, including motor vehicle accidents, drownings, and suicide. The trends behind each of these causes will be examined and methods to combat these trends will be discussed. Participants will leave with the ability to incorporate community safety skills into their curriculum so that their students are both less likely to fall victim and to become vigilant to the well-being of those around them. Max Goshert

Literacy is Social Justice

 This workshop will examine the inherent connection between social justice and literacy. Statistics show that low reading skills contribute to societal ills like poverty, incarceration, and school dropout rates. African-Americans are disproportionately represented in many of these areas. African American students in Arizona have the lowest literacy rates with 59% performing below proficiency in reading. Learn ways to use data to diagnose and combat low reading skills and save our children. LaTonya Jones 

Experiencing the Full Impact of Culture

  The focus of this presentation is to demonstrate how to effectively address the epidemic of cultural inequities and the lack of accurate cultural representation in the learning environments, school cultures , and  curriculum. Also to demonstrate how to  benefit ( academically and socially) from having, and or creating culturally relevant curriculum for scholars.  Amber Williams