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Join us at the 2023 Making Schools Work Conference

Join us at the 2023 Making Schools Work Conference

Join us in Orlando, Florida, July 18-21, 2023, for an unforgettable professional development event and share your strategies, struggles and successes during four days of learning, collaborating and networking. Educators can participate in hundreds of sessions on topics like addressing the effects of poverty and trauma and ensuring equitable access to quality instruction, wherever teaching and learning takes place. Take home actionable strategies to advance your K-12 school improvement efforts and raise student achievement.

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Steph Jensen
Director of Community Contracts, Boys Town

Steph Jensen is the director of community contracts for Boys Town National Community Support Services.

Jensen joined Boys Town in 2003. She has been in the educational field since 1995, holding positions from middle school teacher, district reading specialist and school consultant, speaker and author.

In her 15 years with Boys Town, Jensen has overseen the implementation of external training contracts nationally and internationally. She has worked closely with organizations ranging from the Japanese Child Welfare Department to Chicago Public Schools Office of School Improvement. 

Jensen applies her education knowledge and experience with school reform and transformation to schools across the country, helping them create healthy learning climates that focus on the social and emotional needs of students.

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Nai Wang
Founder/President, KP Education Systems

Nai Wang is founder and president of KP Education Systems.

As a child, Nai struggled in public education, even failing a math class.  Growing up in an immigrant family that ran a restaurant, Nai and his family couldn’t afford medical treatment for his ADHD. That’s when he fell in love with video games, a medium that stimulated his mind at the pace he needed.

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Thomas Glanton
President, The Education Company

Thomas Glanton, Jr., is president and lead consultant for The Education Company, a national educational consulting company specializing in school improvement and the art of school leadership. Under his leadership, the company has served over 200,000 teachers and administrators in public, private, and charter schools across the U.S.

Glanton works directly with school and district leaders to develop their capacity to create school climates that are conducive to student success by focusing on operations, instructional leadership, data analysis and school performance.

An Atlanta native, Glanton has decades of experience in public school education, having served as a high school English teacher, a high school principal and an elementary school assistant principal. His application of a comprehensive discipline management program transformed a Title I school and earned him accolades as a Georgia PTA Principal of the Year.

Glanton also served as the director of leadership development for the DeKalb County School System, one of the most culturally diverse counties in the nation. Glanton speaks widely at national and regional education conferences and is an active member of various civic organizations and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

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Marck Abraham
Founder and CEO, MEA Consultants, LLC

Marck Abraham is the founder and CEO of MEA Consultants, LLC, a fast-growing consultancy he designed to help poorly performing schools and organizations increase achievement for all students, especially young men of color.

As a thought leader for men of color, author and motivational speaker, Abraham has presented to various education audiences and school districts in New York and across the country. His most recent book, What Success Looks Like: Increasing High School Graduation Rates Among Males of Color, provides school leaders with practical steps to increase student performance for one of the country’s most marginalized student groups. Abraham has also published several articles in the National Association of Secondary School Principals magazine.

In this inspiring video, Dr. Marck Abraham of MEA Consultants, LLC, offers words of encouragement to educators nationwide and urges them to think outside the box and embrace virtual solutions to the challenges of the school year.Abraham’s strategies for increasing graduation rates for males of color have been featured in SREB’s Promising Practices Newsletter, the Buffalo News and on local radio. He was also recognized by the mayor of Buffalo, New York, as one of the top principals in the city of Buffalo. McKinley High School, where he was principal, was cited by the New York State Education Department for having one of the highest graduation rates for males of color in New York at 93%. Abraham and his consulting company work with school leaders nationwide to implement strategies that prevent school failure.

Abraham completed his doctorate at St. John Fisher College.

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