National Federation of Urban and Suburban Districts

National Federation of Urban and Suburban School Districts Urban and Suburban School Districts

NFUSSD 2016 National Conference - October 9, 10, 11

Conference Theme: “Making the Most Impact for Students”

Download Conference Presentation - Using a Multi-Tiered Approach to Behavior

Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington, West Virginia

NFUSSD 2016 Keynote Speakers

Brian Wiebe, Executive Director, Horizon Education Alliance (HEA)

Brian Wiebe, Executive Director, Horizon Education Alliance (HEA)

Brian has worked as an educator for 25 years in early childhood, middle school, high school and higher education as teacher and administrator, serving for 10 years as Executive Director of the Goshen College Music Center. Prior to leadership at Goshen College, he taught at Central Christian School in Kidron, Ohio and at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. At the Music Center, he was responsible for all outreach community programming that grew out of the Center’s first decade, also overseeing operations and fundraising. He played a significant role in Elkhart County’s strategic planning process beginning in 2010 that led to the creation of the HEA in 2012, and became HEA’s first executive director in October 2012. He has a master’s degree in music from Northwestern University and is currently pursuing a master’s in arts in Intercultural Leadership from Goshen College.

Bill Haithcock, Principal, Harborside Academy

Bill Haithcock, Principal, Harborside Academy

Bill is a 1991 graduate of Kenosha’s Carthage College with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and cognitive disabilities. He earned his Master’s degree in 1996 from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with an emphasis on emotional disturbances. Bill also earned a second Master’s degree in Administration from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL. Mr. Haithcock began his career with the Kenosha Unified School District in 1992 as a teacher at Whittier Elementary School. He has also served as a site leader for the school district’s Life and Leisure summer school program. He served as teacher consultant with the Total Interagency Model of Education (T.I.M.E.) Program located at Hillcrest School. His responsibilities in that job included development and implementation of the school’s improvement plan, serving as the program’s instructional leader, coordination of the program with the community agencies involved, budget management, staff development, student discipline, leadership of the program’s site council, and implementation and development of Hillcrest School’s summer school plan, among other duties. Mr. Haithcock is also a noted and sought-after speaker at the local, state, regional, and national levels on such topics as student discipline, conflict resolution, bully prevention, school data analysis and inclusion to name just a few. Mr. Haithcock was selected as the Kenosha Unified School District Special Areas Teacher of the Year in 1997, was nominated for the prestigious Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship, and was named Wal-Mart Kenosha County Teacher of the Year in 1998. He was named Kenosha Unified School District Administrator of the Year in 2007. Before the opening of Harborside Academy, Mr. Haithcock had served with distinction as principal of John Bullen Middle School, championing the regular educational program as well as the school’s anti-bullying theme. He holds a Wisconsin Pre-Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade Principal license.

Think Tank Sessions

Think Tank Session 1 - “College and Career Readiness”

What is working in school districts and what are the big rocks hindering students achieving college and career readiness for the 21st century? This session will generate discussion on strategies which districts are implementing to prepare students for post-secondary education or for jobs in an ever-changing global economy. How are school districts meeting the demand for a skilled workforce that will prosper by creating innovations as technology and knowledge grows exponentially for the next decade? Please bring some examples of current strategies being implemented in your district to share with the attendees.

Think Tank Session 2 - “Teacher Impact on Student Learning”

This is the value of the teacher, who looks at a face and says there’s something behind that and I want to reach that person, I want to influence that person, I want to encourage that person, I want to enrich, I want to call out that person who is behind that face, behind that color, behind that language, behind that tradition, behind that culture. I believe you can do it. I know what was done for me.—Maya Angelou

According to Rand Education Research among school-related factors, teachers matter most as a teacher is estimated to have two to three times the impact of any other school factor, including services, facilities, and even leadership. With budget cuts and increasing number of retirements, how are districts addressing capacity in building teacher effectiveness throughout the school district in order for every student to have a quality teacher and learning experience. How is critical knowledge loss through attrition diminished by a district? Who is accountable for developing the effectiveness of teachers? What support structures are in place for struggling or new teachers?

School Tours

Tour 1 – “Impact on Student Learning” (Explorer Academy and Huntington East Middle School)

EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) schools are models of comprehensive school reform based on the educational ideas of German educator Kurt Hahn, the founder of Outward Bound. There are more than 150 Expeditionary Learning Schools in 30 US states and the District of Columbia. They are exemplified by project-based learning expeditions, where students engage in interdisciplinary, in-depth study of compelling topics, in groups and in their community, with assessment coming through cumulative products, public presentations, and portfolios. Explorer Academy is the first EL Education School in West Virginia, opening its doors in August 2015. The staff and administrators spent two years training and implementing EL Education practices prior to opening the school.

Huntington East Middle School (HEMS) is the feeder middle school for Explorer Academy. The HEMS staff embraced a professional services agreement with EL Education in August 2015 to incorporate the culture practices and learning target protocol throughout the school, paving the way for a smooth transition for Explorer Academy students entering the school as sixth graders in August 2016. The school continues to explore additional aspects of EL Education as they grow in their understanding of this school reform model.

Tour 2 - “Career Readiness” (Cabell Midland High School Career Academies and Barboursville Middle School Career Literacy)

This tour will accentuate how Cabell County is preparing its students for life after high school. Cabell Midland High School is the largest school campus in the state of West Virginia and has been implementing an academy model since 2010. The current academies include Health Sciences, Fine Arts (both performing and visual), Childcare and Teaching, Law and Legal and Agri-Science. In addition to these career academies, Cabell Midland High School focuses on transition to high school with a very active ninth grade academy. In 2016, Barboursville Middle, a Cabell Midland High School feeder, implemented Career Literacy to assist with the career readiness initiative. Participants will see how literacy can be used to enhance a career-readiness initiative to prepare the workforce of the future.

Tour 3 – “EL Education” (Highlawn Elementary and Explorer Academy)

Imagine a learning environment where children are encouraged to discover themselves as they face challenges; learn and grow from defeat in a setting that embraces collaboration, discovery and community; where nature and the arts are embraced and students learn to become stewards of the earth. EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) embraces these values and core practices while providing students with a rigorous curriculum that connects learning to real-world issues and needs. Guests are invited to discover the world of EL Education in action by visiting two EL Education Schools in Cabell County. Explorer Academy began their journey as a K-5 EL Education School in the 2014-15 school year. Both teachers and administrators have been engaged in learning the core principles and curriculum for more than two years and take great pride in putting their learning into practice. Highlawn Elementary began in the 2015-16 school year in grades 3-5. Both schools are on the same path, but at different points along the journey. Participants will witness EL Education at its best-with real life teachers and children interacting, discovering and learning in two very diverse schools.

Spouse Tour (Concurrent with School Tours)

“Good, Old- Fashioned Taste of West Virginia”

Enjoy a good old dose of Hillbilly Hospitality on this fun-filled tour of Cabell County. We will leave the Hotel and travel to Milton, West Virginia. Along the way, you’ll be entertained by a narrated history of Eastern Cabell County. When we arrive at Milton, you’ll receive a VIP tour of World Famous Blenko Glass Company and see a live demonstration of West Virginia glass blowing at its finest. You’ll also have time to browse their Visitor’s Center and Glass Shop. When we leave Milton, you’ll learn more about our great state on the way to Barboursville Park where we’ll be treated to internationally-renowned Stewart’s Original Hotdogs and root beer. While at the park, we’ll not only enjoy the beautiful scenery by the lake, but we’ll be delighted with some very special home grown entertainment. After lunch, we’ll learn even more about “Almost Heaven” and make a stop at Old Central City antique district to explore a number of the Mountain State’s finest antique shops. When we finish there, we’ll travel a short distance to Heritage Farm to meet up with the rest of the gang for an outstanding evening event. Hope to see y’all soon!

Hospitality Event - Monday

This year’s hospitality event will be held at Heritage Farm Museum & Village (heritagefarmmuseum.com). Step back in time with a guided adventure into days gone by – a time of one-room schoolhouses, blacksmith shops, country stores and log homes. Hors d’oeuvres will be served in Heritage Hall and live music will be performed by the band “Of the Dell” from Huntington, West Virginia.

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