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Making Schools Work Conference Schedule

All conference events will be held at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Date / Time Conference Event
Tuesday, July 7  
8 – 10:30 a.m. Making Schools Work Advisory Council (Invitation only)
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Registration, Exhibit Hall and Escape Rooms Open
Noon State Networking Lunch (Optional: Registration and payment required)
1 – 2:15 p.m. Making Schools Work Improvement Framework Orientations for Elementary Grades, Middle Grades, High Schools and Technology Centers
2:30 p.m. Opening General Session, Keynote and Awards
4 – 5 p.m. Awards Reception and Prize Giveaway in the Conference Exhibit Hall
   
Wednesday, July 8, 2020  
7 a.m. Coffee
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Registration, Exhibit Hall and Escape Room Open
8 a.m. Concurrent and Table Talk Sessions
9 a.m. Morning Refreshment Break
9:15 a.m. Concurrent and Table Talk Sessions
10:30 a.m. Concurrent and Table Talk Sessions
11:30 a.m. Lunch (One Seating)
12:30 p.m. General Session
1:45 p.m. Concurrent and Table Talk Sessions
2:45 p.m. Afternoon Refreshment Break
3 p.m. Concurrent and Table Talk Sessions
4 p.m. Team Planning Time
   
Thursday, July 9, 2020  
7 a.m. Coffee
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Exhibit Hall and Escape Rooms Open (Registration ends at noon)
8 – 10 a.m. Deep-Dive Sessions
10 a.m. Morning Refreshment Break
10:15 a.m. Concurrent and Table Talk Sessions
11:30 a.m. Lunch (One Seating)
12:30 p.m. Concurrent and Table Talk Sessions
1:45 p.m. Concurrent and Table Talk Sessions
2:45 p.m. Afternoon Refreshment Break
3 p.m. Closing General Session and Keynote
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Celebratory Reception – Mardi Gras World (Optional: Registration and payment required)
   
Friday, July 10, 2020  
7 a.m. Coffee
8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Industry Tours
  Networked Improvement Community Meetings
  Unconference Sessions
  Escape Room Open
Noon Conference Adjourns
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Baruti Kafele
School Leadership Expert & Education Speaker

Baruti Kafele,  School Leadership Expert & Education Speaker

A highly-regarded urban educator in New Jersey for over 20 years, Principal Baruti Kafele distinguished himself as a master teacher and a transformational school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, New Jersey, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, and he was a finalist for New Jersey State Teacher of the Year.

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Connect With Nearly 4,000 Educators

The Making Schools Work Conference annually attracts thousands of K-12 teachers, counselors, principals, technology center directors and state and district education agency personnel.

Our exhibit hall is a dynamic gathering place where educators and business leaders network and explore products and services. Enjoy the benefits of maximum foot traffic as conference attendees visit the exhibit hall to attend receptions and networking events hosted there.

Be the first to know when exhibitor and sponsor registration opens!

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Conference Transportation

Conference Location

All Making Schools Work Conference events will be held at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Travel Information

New Orleans & Company publishes extensive, updated information on getting around and making the most of your time in this incomparable city.

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Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School Awards

At the 2020 Making Schools Work Conference, SREB will recognize outstanding middle grades schools, high schools and technology centers that have implemented SREB’s school improvement frameworks and are achieving success in meeting bold goals related to graduation, readiness and credential attainment.

SREB’s evidence-based school improvement frameworks are grounded in the belief that when states, districts and schools create personalized, meaningful learning experiences and encourage students to succeed, students will make the effort needed to master complex academic and technical concepts.

To be recognized as a Pacesetter School, schools must:

  • Be an active member of one or more of the Making Schools Work networks for the middle grades, high schools or career and technology centers — for two consecutive years.
  • Administer SREB’s student and teacher surveys.
  • Provide evidence of implementing school improvement strategies related to engaging instruction, aligned curricula, career pathways, systems of support or leadership for continuous improvement.
  • Provide documented evidence of student achievement.
  • Participate in the 2020 Making Schools Work Conference by presenting a session aligned with one or more of the conference objectives.

For more details, download our Pacesetter Awards criteria and Nomination form.

All nominations must be received by December 4, 2019. Please email completed forms to Jasmine Jones.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the conference being held?

All conference events will take place at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

When will the conference program be available?

A complete conference program will be posted on this website in March 2020. The program will be regularly updated after this date — including during the conference — to reflect any last-minute changes.

Will there be a printed program this year?

A limited number of programs will be printed and made available for purchase onsite at the conference.

Is there a conference mobile app?

Yes! Download our official conference app to access each day’s schedule, exhibitor and sponsor listings, venue maps, speaker bios and more. The app will allow you to search for sessions by keywords, session types, topics, times, intended audiences, grade levels and more. A link to the conference app will be posted on this website in February 2020.

What happened to the Networking Conference?

After seven years of offering the College- and Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference as a separate event, we’re uniting both conferences in one – the Making Schools Work Conference. Join us in New Orleans in 2020 to explore powerful literacy and mathematics tools and strategies that enhance students’ content knowledge and reasoning skills.

When does registration open?

Sign up to be notified when our online registration system is open. We’re launching a brand-new event management system to make your conference experience even better!

How much does it cost to attend?

Please visit our registration page for information on new early bird, regular and onsite registration fees for the conference as well as optional fees associated with special meals, functions and tours.

What’s included in conference registration fees?

Your registration fee includes admission to all conference sessions and the exhibit hall, coffee or refreshment breaks and hot lunches on Wednesday and Thursday.

A special State Networking Lunch on Tuesday will be available for an additional fee.

Spouse/guest registrations only include admission to the exhibit hall, meals and coffee or refreshment breaks.

Optional industry tours and other special events also carry a separate fee.

How much does it cost to stay in one of SREB’s official conference hotels?

Please visit the travel section of our website for detailed pricing information for official conference hotels as well as information on flights and ground transportation.

When does the conference begin and end?

Registration begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7. Conference activities kick off with an opening general session at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and end at noon on Friday, July 10.

For detailed information on preconference activities and special events, please visit our Schedule at a Glance page.

I have not received confirmation of my registration. What should I do?

Send us an email with your request for a confirmation.

How do I make changes to my conference registration?

You may go back to the original entry on the online registration site and make changes or email them to us.

I would like to present a session, too. What do I need to do?

We welcome your submission! Learn more about our conference objectives and session types and check out our new Submission FAQ. When you’re ready, visit our proposal system to submit a new session or revise a previously submitted session.

I registered but can’t attend. May someone else go in my place?

Yes! Please send an email requesting the change that includes the registrant’s name and the new attendee’s name and contact information.

What is your cancellation policy?

To qualify for a refund, cancellations must be received by June 12, 2020. All cancellations received after June 12 will incur a $100 cancellation fee per canceled registrant. Requests for a full refund without the cancellation fee after June 12 will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please email us.

What types of payments are acceptable?

Our online registration system accepts MasterCard, Visa and Discover. If you wish to pay with a check or purchase order, please send payment to:

James Lew
Southern Regional Education Board
Attn: Making Schools Work Conference
592 10th St NW
Atlanta GA 30318-5776

Is there a registration deadline?

No. Online registration will remain open throughout the conference, but you may prefer to register in person at SREB’s headquarters in the New Orleans Convention Center.

To take advantage of our early-bird pricing, please register by April 1, 2020.

Is payment due before the conference?

Payments should be made at the time of registration. However, we do accept payment at the conference. Please visit SREB’s headquarters at the New Orleans Convention Center to make your payment in person.

Is payment still due even though I did not attend the conference?

Yes, you are responsible for either the full registration fee or a cancellation fee.

I have a question I don’t see here.

Email us at summerstaffdev@sreb.org and we’ll be happy to help.