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Fourth Annual Free Community Education Conference

A Shared Vision Conference for Reclaiming Public Education in the District of Columbia

Elizabeth A. Davis, President

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Kellogg Conference Center
@ Galludet University
800 Florida Avenue, NE.
Washington, DC 20002

Participants receive four Professional Learning Units. 

Click here to view last year's pictures and the video from previous conferences.


Program at a Glance

Doors open at 8 am

Muffins, Coffee, Tea and General Registration
Location: Ballroom Foyer
8 am - 9 am

Opening Plenary Session
Location: Auditorium
9 am - 10:30 am
President Elizabeth A. Davis, Conference Host
Jahana Hayes, 2016 National Teacher of the Year, Keynoter

Breakout Work Sessions (One-Time)
Locations: Auditorium, Tiered Classroom, 4A, 4BC, 5AB, 6A, 6BC
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Activating Learning in All Disciplines
Location: 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.
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Assessing Teaching and Learning
Location: 4BC
A lesson may be well constructed but the goal of every educator should be ongoing assessments of the students’ 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.
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Beyond Classroom Management
Location: 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.
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Holding Schools Accountable Under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): DC's New State Plan and Teacher Responses to ESSA
Location: 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.
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Introduction to Grant Writing and Book Publishing
Location: 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.
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School Budgets, Advocacy and Parental Engagement
Location: 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.
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Teacher Leadership and Action Research
Location: 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.
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The Need for School Climate Measures for Accountability and School Improvement
Location: 2
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.
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Special City Officials Legislative Session with President Elizabeth Davis
By Invitation Only
Location: Executive Board Room
10:30 am - 12:00 noon
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Lunch Plenary/Closing Session
Location: Ballroom ABC
12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Welcome Introduction to New DCPS Chancellor, President Elizabeth Davis
Antwan 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
Kaiser Permanente
Little Friends of Peace
S, F&C Insurance
United Healthcare
Trinity University
Wells Fargo Union Plus Program

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