CES Monthly – May 2021

CES monthly is a virtual conference series. Each month we will release pre-recorded sessions that you can stream anytime throughout the month. Additionally, live Q & A oportunities are provided throughout the month for the chance to connect with our speakers.

May Series: Iterate & Analyze

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Educational Deep Dive

Education is hard, really hard. Federal, state and district mandates come at you nonstop throughout the year. Demanding parents who know their rights and want what’s best for their child. Building relationships with students, colleagues and providing new and relevant learning experiences for kids. This fully customizable Educational Deep Dive can be one hour, three hours long, and also built out for a two or three day session with your team. We’ll talk about the differences of seeing the people you work with as a family, or as a team. How to have those conversations that might be making you a little bit uncomfortable, but are so necessary in order to move your organization forward. We’ll look inside each and every person and make a commitment to name your growth area, and come up with an action plan for success. Don’t let small mundane problems keep you from doing the real work that you’re meant to be doing. Don’t think outside of the box – get rid of the box. I don’t want you to be constrained by only being able to think inside or outside of the box. Break it down, put it in the recycle bin and do what you think is best for your organization. You have what it takes and I believe in you!

Adam Welcome

Adam has been a teacher, Principal, Director of Innovation for a district with 35,000 students and missed leading a school so much, he’s now back as a Principal. Adam was Principal of the Year for his region, a 20 To Watch for the National School Board Association, guest blogger for EdWeek, NAESP magazine, and many other publications. Adam also consults and works with many education companies as a way to improve their product for others! Adam is passionate about technology integration with all educators and a huge advocate of social media and connecting with other educators from across the country. Adam makes it clear that kids come first and has preached the message of Team Kid for many years. He is also the co-founder of Kids Deserve It, the author of Run Like a Pirate, Empower Our Girls and Teachers Deserve It. Adam has an amazing wife (Stacy) and two young children (Greta and Tilden) that keep life at home exciting and active. Adam also loves to run and is an avid marathoner.

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Iternate and Analyze: Building Powerful Partnerships Using a Mindset of Continuous Improvement

Organizing community partners to support the needs of your students and families can improve academic outcomes and long-term student success. Austin Voices tells the story of how they built powerful partnerships using the community school model focused on reducing barriers, improving conditions and increasing opportunities for learning. Using this month’s theme “Iterate and Analyze,” they discuss ways of measuring success being strategic with your partnership efforts.

Allen Weeks

Allen Weeks has been Executive Director of Austin Voices for Education and Youth since 2010, and has been involved as education as a high school teacher, technologist and school improvement consultant for over 40 years. He spearheaded nationally recognized school turnaround projects at Webb Middle School and Reagan High School in Austin, and has consulted with schools in Dallas, El Paso and Houston on the development of community partnerships and community schools. Austin Voices has created 8 Family Resource Centers in AISD that serve over 4,000 families annually with wraparound supports. Allen and AVEY also formed Save Texas Schools in 2009, which has brought over 33,000 Texans to the State Capitol to advocate for public school funding and community-based school improvement. He has won numerous awards from the Texas Education Agency, Texas AFT, Bank of America, Austin Partners in Education, and America’s Promise Alliance. Allen speaks throughout Texas and nationally about the effectiveness of the community school model. He has degrees from Washington & Lee, Duke, and UT-Austin, and will complete his Ph.D. in education from Texas State University in 2020.

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2021 Accountability Update

Session will include information on 2021 Accountability

Melinda Marquez

Melinda currently serves as the Coordinator of Leadership Support Systems and Accountability for ESC Region 13. She provides guidance and coaching for principals and district leaders in the areas of Accountability, School Improvement, Data Systems, and The Effective Schools Framework. Prior to her work at ESC Region 13, Melinda served as turnaround principal.

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Live Q&A: May 13th, 11:00 am

Data Practices: Redefining Norms & Behaviors | Data Culture Mini Conference

In this 27 minute video, you’ll explore best practices in building and nurturing data culture in school systems. In this pathway, learn how to help stakeholders at every level use data in a way that established a sustainable, responsive, and user-centered data culture:

  • Empowering Students and Families Through Data (by Lauren Milam)
  • Responsive Leadership Through Keystone Habits (by Megan Campion)
  • Using Data to Drive Action (by Shelby McIntosh)

Resources mentioned in the video:

Shelby McIntosh

Shelby McIntosh is a Managing Partner at Education Elements. As a consultant, Shelby has helped district and school leaders across the country partner with their stakeholders to develop strategic plans, design and implement new programs, increase community trust, and retain their best teachers. As part of her work at Education Elements, she is also helping school districts develop and nurture a stronger data culture that leads to more informed and more equitable decisions about how to improve educational experiences and outcomes for all students.

Shelby has served as a classroom teacher and policy researcher. In her role at the Center on Education Policy in Washington, D.C., she published research on school reform efforts through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, accountability policies through No Child Left Behind, and state-level college and career readiness assessment policies. She also worked to improve customer service in schools at K12 Insight in her roles as Vice President of Research and Vice President of Customer Success. Shelby holds a B.S. degree in Secondary Education, a Master’s degree in Education Leadership, and a Ph.D. in Education Policy. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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