Fourth Annual Free Community Education Conference
Program at a GlanceDoors open at 8 amMuffins, Coffee, Tea and General RegistrationLocation: Ballroom Foyer
8 am - 9 amOpening Plenary SessionLocation: Auditorium
9 am - 10:30 amPresident Elizabeth A. Davis, Conference HostJahana Hayes, 2016 National Teacher of the Year, KeynoterBreakout Work Sessions (One-Time)Locations: Auditorium, Tiered Classroom, 4A, 4BC, 5AB, 6A, 6BC
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Activating Learning in All DisciplinesLocation: Tiered Classroom
Can students learn core concepts from any subject and practice listening, recalling, retelling, time sequencing, critical thinking skills, and how to take notes and make presentations? The answer is “yes.” In this session, find out how to lift content off the page and integrate skills that are beyond those recommended by the Common Core State Standards across all disciplines. Learn strategies that foster learner ownership of information; structure lessons that connect with cultural norms; and implement engaging activities that foster thinking and the creation of new information.
Assessing Teaching and LearningLocation: 4BC
A lesson may be well constructed but the goal of every educator should be ongoing assessments of the studentsâ€™ depth of understanding. A misconception gone unattended can make the entire learning experience an abject failure for both teacher and student. In this session, educators will develop assessments at critical junctures for a lesson they have created. In addition, the group will explore The Student Factor in the teaching and learning dynamics, with the goal of giving educators study tools they can pass on to the students.
Beyond Classroom ManagementLocation: 6A
Beyond Classroom Management places educators at the center of the debate of compliance over motivation, autonomy, and how conventional structures are being used. Traditionally, rewards, sanctions and punishments have been used primarily to keep order. Now let's learn classroom operations that can support student learning and personal growth while creating a learning responsive environment rather than one that stymies creativity and autonomy. Educators will reflect on how their own situational triggers affect the classroom environment and will also learn how to efficiently use the layout of the classroom to positively impact the learning environment.
Holding Schools Accountable Under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): DC's New State Plan and Teacher Responses to ESSALocation: Auditorium
In this session, the DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will present the draft Consolidated State Plan under ESSA recently released for public comment by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). The SBOE is interested in hearing from the WTU membership on the section related to School Accountability. This presentation will also review the findings from a study where 6 teachers read ESSA and were interviewed to learn more about the process of engaging with policy and how they felt about the new policy. Presenters will share resources and ideas for teachers to support the good parts and resist the bad parts of ESSA.
Introduction to Grant Writing and Book PublishingLocation: 4A
The first presentation will demonstrate to participants where to find and register for grants and also include key components for creating a successful grant, such as items to request, pictures to enhance your grant, catchy titles, and descriptive language. During the second half of the presentation, participants learn how to produce and publish their life stories and the life stories of their loved ones. Steps for how to write a book proposal will be provided in an effort to encourage attendees to preserve history by writing their own books.
School Budgets, Advocacy and Parental EngagementLocation: 6BC
Learn the school budget process, how to read a school budget, background in development and then opportunities and strategies for advocacy. Time will be used to develop common themes and issues within the school budgets of those present in the session. Participants receive information about the Ward Education Councils, how to get involved in these groups, and information on some current issues the Ward Education Councils have been dealing with recently, e.g., the ESSA accountability measures and the Mayor's recent announcement about a walkability preference for charter schools.
Teacher Leadership and Action ResearchLocation: 5AB
Have you ever seen a news report or talk show discuss issues around teaching and learning and thought to yourself or said to your colleagues, “Why don't they just ask a real teacher?” WTU Teacher Leaders is a union program designed to help prepare YOU to be that classroom teacher, facilitating discussion of the issues that affect our profession both here in Washington, DC and nationally. Attend this session to discover the findings of WTU Teacher Leaders' action research projects.
The Need for School Climate Measures for Accountability and School ImprovementLocation: 2Special City Officials Legislative Session with President Elizabeth DavisBy Invitation OnlyLocation: Executive Board Room
This panel will discuss why turning around low-achieving schools requires improving school climate and how robust and actionable school climate measures can be used to turn around such schools and improve schools generally. It will explore how a good climate indicator can be used for accountability and school improvement under the Every Student Succeeds Act - to shift schools' emphasis from raising test scores to making the changes that help schools improve and close the achievement gap.
"How D.C. Could Become National Model For Turning Around Low-achieving Schools Under ESSA," (12/1/16)"Common Elements of Successful School Turnarounds: Research and Experience," G. Ratner with M. Neill, (May 14, 2010)"States' Crucial Choice Under New Federal Education Law: Selecting the Best Survey to Measure and Improve School Quality," (5/25/16),
(why I believe SCAI is the best school climate indicator for school improvement purposes)School Climate Assessment Instrument (SCAI)for Secondary School Teachers and Staff, Alliance for the Study of School Climate (ASSC), California State University-Los Angeles (Cal. State)
(includes sub-scales on "Faculty Relations" and "Leadership/Decisions", not in student surveys; usable for school improvement purposes, but not ESSA accountability, because results cannot be disaggregated by student subgroups, as required by ESSA)"Examining the Efficacy of the ASSC School Climate Assessment Instrument (SCAI) to Promote Improved School Climate, Psychological Factors Related to High Functioning Schools and Students and Student Achievement and why it is Uniquely Qualified to do so When Compared to Other Climate Survey Instruments," ASSC, Cal. State"Change from the Inside: Examining K-12 School Reform Using the ASSC School Climate Assessment Indicator," ASSC, Cal. State
(what is successful school reform, underlying educational, psychological and organizational behavior analysis for how it occurs, and stages of the process)
10:30 am - 12:00 noon
Session DownloadsLunch Plenary/Closing SessionLocation: Ballroom ABC
12:00 noon - 1:30 pmWelcome Introduction to New DCPS Chancellor, President Elizabeth DavisAntwan Wilson, Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools, Keynoter
Invited Community Partners and Exhibitors
Ades and Associates
AT&T Mobile Services
Christine Easterling, Biographer of Late President Bill Simons
DC Jobs with Justice
DC Labor Heritage
DC State Board of Education
Delta Gamma Kappa, Nu State Alpha Chapter Shoe Drive (Donate New and Gently Used Shoes)
District of Columbia Public Schools Office of Family Engagement
Little Friends of Peace
S, F&C Insurance
Wells Fargo Union Plus Program