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Concurrent Education Sessions

Thursday, July 28
KASA 2022 includes concurrent education sessions designed to increase your capacity to lead with a focus on Rise Up. Reach Out. Remember Your Why. Sessions will be offered throughout the day on Thursday, July 28.

The sessions below are categorized by strand, listed in no particular order.

Advocacy Strand

Read to Succeed: A Look at SB9 for Implementation 
Senate Bill 9 (SB9), an Act relating to early literacy education has the potential to be transformative in the goal of all children being able to read well before exiting grade three. Called the Read to Succeed Act, this bill is designed to employ the most scientific-based reading methods proven successful for struggling readers in other states. Bill Sponsor, Senator Stephen West, and Representatives James Allen Tipton and Tina Bojanowski, sponsor and co-sponsors of the House companion bill, will join KASA members for an informative discussion about the bill and to learn more about fully implementing this bill in your district. (Note: We will identify 1-2 practitioners to participate and serve as moderator) 
Presented by Bill Sponsor, Senator Stephen West, and Representatives James Allen Tipton and Tina Bojanowski, and KASA Members

Think Like a Charter School
Successful charter schools are attractive based on their ability to meet student needs through creative and nontraditional models. Public schools can now take advantage of new established Kentucky laws to be creative and individualized, but it requires intentional goal-setting and focus.  Hear how one school district has developed a vision and process for utilizing the charter school philosophy to address the unique needs of students.  
Presented by Gary Fields, Superintendent, and Leslie McCoy, Director of Communications, Bowling Green Ind. Schools 
Sustaining and Building Kentucky's Most Important Profession:  Public School Teaching 
Across the nation, leaders are seeking ways to build and strengthen the teaching profession.  While challenges for teachers are great and rewards are small, the nation may have never been more in need of quality educators.  KASA is calling for it's members to engage in this vital conversation to help chart a course to make teaching in Kentucky, not only a valued professional choice, but one that can have a powerful impact on the future of the Commonwealth.
Presented by Rick Lasley, Retired High School Principal, Daviess County Schools

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Strand
Where Are the Bathrooms and Other LGBTQIA+ Questions and Topics That All Administrators Should Know.
Schools are becoming more diverse every year. Also, students are coming out at earlier ages than ever before. Administrators need to know the current laws, policies, trends, and statistics to provide a safe space for all their students including their LGBTQIA+ community. This session will highlight how school administrators can be an advocate for all of their students and create an environment in their schools that promote diversity, unity, and inclusion which will increase school culture, attendance, and achievement.
Presented by Mr. Eef Fontanez, SEL Specialist, CKEC
Why Do We Use an Equity Lens in Education?
Christian County Public Schools has implemented a Racial Equity plan that looks at root causes of achievement and behavior gaps. The plan looks at all areas of education including staffing, school climate and instruction. Each segment is data-driven, intentional, purposeful and is measurable so students have a positive outcome.
Presented by Kim Stevenson, Director of Alternative Programs, Mancell Elam, District Diversity Administrator, Chris Bentzel, Superintendent, Vice Killebrew, Instructional Assistant, Christian County Schools
Courageous Conversations
Learning how to manage difficult conversations in educational settings constructively with open dialogue can be challenging and uncomfortable for many stakeholders; as a result, these important conversations are often mishandled or avoided altogether, which benefits no one. This Courageous Conversations workshop focuses on building the skills necessary for engaging in difficult conversations that will address Race Relations, LGBQT+, Access and many other issues that could create barriers to learning.
Presented by Dr. Rodger Cleveland, Director, Faculty Diversity & Development, EKU
Shattering Inequities
This unique session will provide leaders the latest research and best practice in three under-explored areas: (a) most common systemic choke-points to equity, (b) back-casting to accelerate student outcomes, and (c) the power of leadership columns to shatter inequitable systems. Participants will develop understanding of the power of these ideas in action through simulations, self-assessment exercises and draft planning. Come ready to be edified, amused, and inspired!
Presented by Robin Lasalle, Orenda Education
The Rising Voices Library
The Rising Voices Library provides students with high-interest, culturally relevant texts that give context to today’s world while celebrating the stories of the historically underrepresented. Learn how amazing these books, paired with innovative teaching materials aligned to the CASEL framework, build a classroom community that broadens the perspectives of students from all backgrounds and enables deep discussions about inclusivity, social justice, and empathy for others.
Presented by Michael Haggen, Senior Vice-President, Scholastic, Inc.

Education Recovery Strand
Creating Sustainable Systems and Structures To Raise Expectations and Move Through Pandemic Learning Loss
The global pandemic of 2020 has made a significant impact on the education system. Many challenges such as virtual learning and the inconsistency of resources has caused a strain on student performance. With that in mind educators must support student social emotional health while also accelerating their learning. This session will focus on structures that will support the social-emotional well-being of students while creating systemic structures to keep learning moving forward.
Presented by Tracey Cline, Principal, Franklin County Schools
ICU/"I SEE YOU" at Franklin-Simpson High School: Helping Initiate An Academic Culture Shift
What is ICU? ICU stands for Intensive Care Unit. Similar to hospitals, our ICU is an academic emergency room for students and a communication tool for teachers, students, and parents. But at Franklin-Simpson High School it also affords an opportunity to tell students, I see you, helping to ensure fewer fall through the cracks. Students quickly learn if they have a missing or poor-quality assignment, and if their grade is sick and needs attention.
Presented by Leah Wood, Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment Specialist, and Michael Wix, Principal, Simpson County Schools
Cultivating a Positive Culture in a High Poverty School
As with every school in the Commonwealth, Warren Central High School has experienced unprecedented interruptions of learning due to the pandemic. WCHS was also directly impacted by the December 11th tornadoes that came through Bowling Green. These issues have led to creative leadership in order to provide academic support, social-emotional support, and continued opportunities for all students. In addition, it has required leadership to maintain a positive culture within the building amongst staff.
Presented by Joey Norman, Principal, Warren County Schools
Student Engagement to Ownership: Using the Accelerated Learning Cycle to Address Learning Loss
Student engagement and student ownership are terms that are often used interchangeably in education. While both are critical to learning acceleration efforts, student engagement is not our highest learning destination ・the most effective teaching and learning creates student ownership. When students own their learning, they know how to apply what they are learning and take responsibility for their progress and success. Come and engage in this interactive session to answer the questions: What does student ownership look like? How can leaders support educators to drive toward ownership?
Presented by Bobby Cox, Ed.S, Executive in Residence, NIET
What Matters Most for Student Learning
Research is clear: the key difference between high- and low-performing schools is one simple thing: consistency of teaching quality. Basically, when it comes to student success, nothing matters as much as being able to guarantee that no matter what classroom students find themselves in, they’ll receive a high-quality learning experience. Join this session to learn practical, research-based strategies that you can use right away in your school to fulfill your key role as a leader and leadership team: ensuring high-quality instruction every day, in every classroom, in your school and across your district. 
Presented by Bryan Goodwin, President and CEO of McREL International
Exemplary Leadership Strand
Selling Your School!
Branding and marketing is not just for businesses. Learn how to tell the stories in your school by leveraging the power of social media, video, parent communication platforms. logos/branding, and more! This session will share simple tips and strategies that can build pride in students and staff, and can boost parental and community engagement. Remember, if you don't tell your story, someone else will! Be sure to tell it well!  
Presented by Sean Bailey, Ed.D., Principal, Bath County Schools

Beyond the Plan: Evaluating implementation of Tier 1 Behavior Supports Throughout Your School
This session will provide school leaders a clear tool for evaluating what Tier 1 behavior supports should look and sound like in a school setting when implemented effectively in all areas of a building (classroom, common areas, team meetings, cafeteria, front office, etc.). Additionally, this training can provide school and district staff a clear measure for increased consistency of implementation and strategies for holding staff accountable for continued realization of Tier 1 strategies.
Presented by Dr. Katy DeFerrari, Assistant Superintendent for Culture and Climate, and Dr. Matt Anderson, Executive Administrator for Culture and Climate, Jefferson County Schools
Creating A Culture of Consistency For High Expectations
This session will provide strategies and tools to increase consistent implementation of high expectations. Communicating common language to be used by adults, and eliminating power struggles with students. In addition, providing a strong vision for increased sense of belonging among all students.
Presented by Dr. Kara Ammerman, Principal, Jefferson County Schools
Can We Help Them GROW, Or Is It Time to GO? How To Have Those Challenging & Critical Conversations
Do you want to be more prepared for having a challenging or critical conversation? Learn how to prepare yourself for the situation before, during, and after these types of conversations. In addition, learn tools and strategies to recognize if an individual needs to grow or go in their professional role.
Presented by Adrienne Usher, Assistant Superintendent, and Rachelle Bramlage-Schomburg, Director of Secondary Education, Bullitt County Schools
What Great Leaders Do and Empowering Women in Educational Leadership
This session will acknowledge the disparity of females across the state in executive leadership roles and will help provide the tools and supports that women need to learn in order to thrive in executive leadership positions. The focus will be to provide support, guidance, and networking opportunities for aspiring executive female leaders across our Commonwealth.
Presented by Jenny Watson, Assistant Superintendent for Learning Support Services, Boone County Schools
How To Get All Teachers To Be Like The Best Teachers 
There are dramatic differences in the quality of teachers in every school and district.  If all teachers could be more like the best teachers, then we would have significant improvement in every school.  Every building has special teachers who connect with all students and consistently engage them in learning.  This session focuses on what school leaders can do to get all of the teachers to be like their best teachers.   
Presented by Todd Whitaker, University of Missouri

What Great Leaders Do Differently  
What are the specific qualities and practices of great educational leaders that elevate them above the rest? This session reveals what the most effective superintendents, principals and teachers do differently than their colleagues.  Participants will focus on what the most successful leaders do . . . that others do not. Everyone will leave knowing what great leaders do differently, why these things make them more effective, and learn how to immediately implement each of these into your own districts and schools. 
Presented by Todd Whitaker, University of Missouri
What School Leaders Need to Know About the Epidemic of Vaping
Kentucky educators know firsthand that vaping has hooked a whole new generation of kids. Disciplining our way out of this problem is not possible given the prevalence and the intense addiction that many students are experiencing. In this webinar, participants will hear from the national Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids about current youth tobacco and vaping use, the efforts underway to address it and how schools and school districts can get involved.
Presented by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Schools

School Leadership: Surviving and Thriving
Join Andrew Marotta, a currently practicing principal and host of the Education Leadership and Beyond Podcast, as he relates his ideas, strategies, and experience on the front lines. Andrew is as an energetic and enthusiastic school leader who has made a positive impact on his own school and those with whom he connects. This session features tips, advice, and on the job training…those things they don’t teach you in principal school.
Andrew is author of  The Principal Surviving & Thriving. This and other titles will be available during his sessions and in Member Central.
Presented by Andrew Marotta, Principal, Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY
Create the School That Kids are Desperate to Attend
Looking to break through at your school? Want an amazing school setting that many hear about, yet, few can attain? 
Do you desire a lasting, deep impact at your school community? Collaborate, share, and grow with Andrew Marotta as he leads this powerful conversation about creating an amazing school setting.  Topics include:
Bringing amazing energy each day.
Creating student voice & choice.
Using technology & social media to tell your story.
Inspect what you expect, being present, being intentional.
Build a beautiful school setting and keep it that way!
Smile, humor, and finding the joy in it all.
You can’t do it alone either.  Andrew will brainstorm, converse, and share strategies you can implement and ways to build collective commitments from stakeholders.  
Andrew is author of  The Principal Surviving & Thriving. This and other titles will be available during his sessions and in Member Central.
Presented by Andrew Marotta, Principal, Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY

Leading Positive School Change From the Inside Out
When faced with unprecedented challenges, leaders cannot do the same things they’ve always done and expect different results.  Instead, they need to expand their playbook to include more entrepreneurial “inside out” approaches to leadership. Join this session to learn practical, research-based leadership strategies you can use right away in your school to encourage everyone in your building to embrace and contribute to innovation through rapid-cycle improvement.
Presented by Bryan Goodwin, President and CEO of McREL International
The Incredible Gifts We Take for Granted
Join Mike Mason as he shares what he has learned driving a special education bus. He will challenge the audience to reconsider the gifts life has given them that we all take for granted far too often. This session is designed for the audience to engage with Mike for dynamic discussion on professional practices and the need to serve our most vulnerable students with care, compassion, and gratefulness.
Presented by Mike Mason, Former Top Ranking FBI Agent and Verizon's Global Security Director

Innovation Strand
Learner-Centered Innovation: Creating the Conditions for Meaningful Change
The future of education will require new school models, new approaches for teaching and learning, and innovative leaders who can create the conditions for meaningful change. In this interactive design session, participants will dive into the essential components of learner-centered education, and engage in collaborative activities to empathize, ideate, and design learning experiences that will accelerate the shift to effective and empowering learning experiences for all students.
Presented by Dr. Katie Martin, VP Leadership and Learning, Altitude Learning

From School-Centered to Learner-Centered; How Educators are Evolving to Meet the Needs of Learners, Anytime, Anywhere
COVID-19 has transformed how we learn and interact with one another. To meet the needs of the learners, there is a need to embrace new mindsets, along with new tools and resources available to make shifts across diverse classrooms.  It requires more than learning about the latest technology or digitizing learning experiences. Instead, it is about us, as educators, evolving to meet the needs of those we serve.
Presented by Dr. Katie Martin, VP Leadership and Learning, Altitude Learning

The Innovation Standard: Why Every District Needs an Office of Innovation
An Office of Innovation allows districts to move away from what we agree to be obsolete, and push past our century-old comfort zone to seek out solutions for today's issues, but also anticipate and plan for tomorrow's changing educational landscape. It fills the gaps between our current systems and the needs of all stakeholders throughout our district by curating the best and brightest ideas from our own district, our state, our nation, and those worldwide.
Presented by Lindsay Hale, Ed.D., Technology Resource Teacher, Clark County Schools
Four Houses Under One Roof: Preparing Students for a Stronger Future
This session will explain how two schools in the Ashland Independent School District have used the House System developed by Ron Clark to improve culture in their schools. Each school adapted the system to their own schools and are receiving the same positive results. This session will also show how we adapted during the pandemic and how we are building excitement while getting back to normal.
Presented by Katie Holbrook, Ed.S, Principal, Ashland Independent Schools
Modernizing the Classroom: Structuring Your School to Create Equity for All
In this session, participants will learn how school leaders at The Academies of Bryan Station High School have launched an innovative new instructional model to reimagine the role of the teacher and personalize learning for student success.
Presented by Eric Hale, Executive Principal, Fayette County Schools
Instructional Leadership Strand
Increasing the IMPACT of Coaches and New Teachers with Video Coaching!
Obstacles to ensure new teachers get support can be insurmountable, especially during coronatimes. Come discover how Daviess County overcame obstacles using systematic video observation and feedback. The result was new teachers adopting reflective habits and effective practices sooner and coaches developing new skills. Attendees will discover ways to make video reflection common practice, eliminate fear, and create rewarding experiences with video feedback. Bring questions about how these strategies improve school culture and student outcomes.   
Presented by Jana Beth Francis, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, and Jeanette Barreiro, Coordinator of New Teacher Coaching, Daviess County Schools

Rising Above Compliance: How Engagement Coaching Is Transforming Grant County Classrooms!
How can you leverage instructional coaching for greater impact on student achievement? In this session, learn how Grant County is implementing our instructional coaching model to focus on student engagement. Through a systems approach, we致e designed a process to strengthen instruction emphasizing cooperative learning in all classrooms. Not a one size fits all approach, coaching is tailored to the needs of each classroom. Our vision of student-centered excellence is visible through our engagement coaching model.
Presented by Jamie Gokey, Secondary Engagement Coach, and Leanna Smith, Elementary Engagement Coach, Grant County Schools
Every Child Learning Every Day
Eliminating barriers and providing structures to enrich instruction for primary talent pool and gifted and talented learners.
Presented by Michael Broadbent, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer, Breckinridge County Schools
Removing Virtual Academy Barriers for Students and Families - Our Intentional Journey with Imagine Learning
Join the Meade County School District as they discuss their Virtual Learning Academy Model and Partnership with Imagine Learning. This session will discuss priorities in selecting a virtual learning partner, creating a structured roadmap, a guaranteed viable curriculum, and overcoming the financial hurdles of virtual learning.
Presented by Marc Adams, Associate Superintendent, Meade County Schools
What All Principals Should Know About Special Education
The role of special education leader is dynamic and ever-changing.  It is essential that all administrators understand the trends in society, in the political arena, and in the practices within schools to help each student become an active and contributing member of his or her community.  Led by officers of the Kentucky Council for Administrators of Special Education (KYCASE), this session will focus on national topics the CASE Essentials Series presents for all principals. 
Presented by Michelle Oakley, Director of Exceptional Children Services, Shelby County Schools
Kentucky Accountability System Update
Join Rhonda and Jennifer as they share their annual look at the current state of KY's state assessment system. This always informative session will provide time for questions and answers regarding this always evolving process.
Presented by Rhonda Sims, Associate Commissioner, and Jennifer Stafford, Division Director, Assessment & Accountability, KDE

The Power of Independent Reading: Accelerating Learning with Social Emotional and Academic Development (SEAD)
Research shows that reading is paramount to academic success. We also know that a child’s social and emotional wellbeing leads to strong academic development. Join Michael Haggen, Senior Vice President of Scholastic Education Solutions, in learning how you can take a strength-based approach to accelerate learning. This session will focus on research on the power of independent reading, diverse in-home and classroom libraries, and the importance of print and digital materials.
Presented by Michael Haggen, Senior Vice-President, Scholastic, Inc.

Reinventing Professional Culture Strand
Whole Learner Outcomes Drive Reimagination of Professional Learning
The Logan County School District's Learning Model is tied directly to the Logan County Profile of Success. Explore this learning model, including how educators are broadening what success looks like, self-assessment, setting goals, and navigating their professional learning to meet their individual needs.
Presented by Contessa Orr, Chief Academic Officer, Logan County Schools and Dr. Katie Martin, Chief Impact Officer, Learner-Centered Collaborative
Remember Your Why When Reinventing Professional Culture Through Continuous Improvement Processes
Learn why it matters and the ultimate impact of one Kentucky district journey to live their values and create a great place to work. We will share the shift in thinking leading to improved district and community change in teaching and learning, increased communication, leadership capacity, and building greater unity.
Presented by Amy Smith, Superintendent, and Dr. Andrew Belcher, Director of Assessment, Hopkins County Schools
Clarity, Consistency, & Coherence: Creating a System of Continuous Professional Learning 
In this session, you will explore a professional learning strand system designed to give all educators and school leaders a personalized approach to professional learning based on assessment of their own progress, and demonstrating and sharing their learning with and from peers. This system is personalized to be responsive to the needs of all educators from brand new, new to the district, to seasoned" educators and to meet them where they are in their understanding and in their journey to ensure that ALL students succeed. Participants will leave with tools and practical approaches to begin considering and planning a strand approach in their own district or school. 
Presented by Tracy Huelsman, Ed.S., Staff Developer, Shelby County Schools
Retirement Strand
Teacher Pensions in Kentucky - What's Happening Now?
An update on where we are in Kentucky with teacher pensions and the latest update from TRS.
Presented by Tim Abrams, Executive Director, KY Retired Teachers Association

Safety Strand

Office of the State School Security Marshals "Top Ten”
State School Security Marshal Ben Wilcox will discuss the top 10 school security issues that were a common theme in schools during the 2020-2021 risk assessment. This session will cover the 2020-2021 risk assessment report highlighting progress made by districts across the commonwealth. The session will also look at some mandates that still need to be addressed by districts and school personnel.
Presented by Ben Wilcox, State School Security Marshal
Leadership and Response to a Tragedy – Considerations 
After the unlikely and cowardly attack on Marshall County High School – 23 days into 2018 – it absolutely required an entire community to come together to begin the process of healing. As Patricia Greer (interim principal on that day) will tell you, it can happen anywhere. The presenters will share some painful and insightful suggestions for considerations of actions to take during the days following an unlikely event such as what happened in Marshall County and so many other places over the years. Never have we heard a school leader, following one of these events, say. “We saw this and knew it was coming.” These difficult conversations can help you prepare your school/school district in the unlikely event that you are faced with similar decisions.
Presented by Dan Orman, KCSS
KCSS Principal Mentor Program
Essentially, we have 15 trained principal mentors (five for each level) who have been successful principals PLUS they have been actively involved with KCSS as school safety consultants…which fits in so well with the SSRA. This program is for new principals and is cost free to the school district.
Presented by KCSS
Saving Sycamore: The School Shooting That Never Happened
When a fully-armed student came to school counselor, Molly Hudgens, on September 28, 2016, with a plan to kill people at Sycamore Middle School, he said, “I came to you because you’re the only person who can talk me out of this.” Molly, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor Citizens Honor and author of Saving Sycamore: The School Shooting that Never Happened, details the ninety-minute incident, acknowledges her faith, and highlights the importance of positive student interactions.
Presented by Molly Hudgens, Molly B. Hudgens Communications
The Best Plan You Hope to Never Use: Building a Crisis Plan
On September 28, 2016, school counselor, Molly Hudgens averted a mass shooting at Sycamore Middle School in Pleasant View, Tennessee. In this presentation Hudgens shares how her school created the first crisis plan of its kind in 1999 after the school shooting at Columbine High School – a plan still in use today. She elaborates on how they evaluate and redesign Sycamore’s crisis plan annually while giving tips as to how to strengthen your plan for your school.
Presented by Molly Hudgens, Molly B. Hudgens Communications
Social/Emotional Learning Strand
Comprehensive School Mental Health Framework: How to Support ALL Students
This session will focus on the Comprehensive School Mental Health Framework embedded within an MTSS model and what effective implementation looks like at the district and school level. Recent national and state data shows the immediate need for mental health to be a priority in every classroom across the Commonwealth. Participants will gain an understanding of the essential components of the framework, data used to drive decision making, data processes for efficient data collection, steps to implementation, tools used to determine readiness and capacity, and fidelity measures used to determine action planning for sustainability. Several district examples will be shared and Woodford Co.- a National Demonstration District- will share their experience, including successes, barriers, and lessons learned.  
Presented by Meghan R. Martin, University of Louisville, Center for Instructional and Behavioral Research in Schools, Tracey Francis, Director of Special Education, and Amy Oates, MTSS Director, Woodford County Schools

Full Plate, Empty Cup
Are you and/or your staff in need of emotional first aid? RISE UP and join us for this session where we値l look at ways you can build personal resiliency and REACH OUT to support the emotional well being of your school community. We will demonstrate strategies to help us prioritize our work/life balance and enable those in our care to do the same. Moving from self-care to community care is key!
Presented by Linda Tyree, Crisis Response Team Director and CRRSA SEL Specialist, GRREC and Marsha Duncan, Emotional Support Specialist, LaRue County Schools
Social Emotional Connections- Integrated PBIS, SEL, and Mental Health
Participants will explore the connections between PBIS behavior systems, social emotional learning wellness, and intentional mental health supports within a school community. This is an interactive session that allows participants to access tools and resources developing actionable next steps for implementation.
Presented by Dedeeh Newbern, Safe Schools Specialist, Shericka Smith, Mental Health Coordinator, Seth Krusich, District PBIS Coach, Sara Pickering, District PBIS Coach, Fayette County Schools

The Power of Positive Culture
Throughout the pandemic, our students have experienced an educational experience comparable to that of a roller coaster ride with extreme highs and lows. These experiences have resulted in students struggling socially and emotionally as students have "grieved" the loss of social contacts with peers, interaction and support from teachers, and the loss of consistencies that their lives are structured around. A positive culture is one where students will thrive. Within this session, learn strategies that educators can utilize in their building to promote a positive culture for their students resulting in a successful educational experience.
Presented by Mike Ford, Director of Pupil Personnel, Boone County Schools