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Pam Daly

Pam Daly, "Brand Sherpa" and leader of DK Brand Strategy

Self-described “Brand Sherpa” and leader of DK Brand Strategy, Pam Daly was instrumental to the success of the Academies of Nashville initiative, which now enjoys world-wide recognition. Based on Daly’s work, Nashville was designated a “Best in Practice” example of urban school reform branding and marketing by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Leslie Hazle Bussey

Leslie Hazle Bussey, GLISI

Leslie Hazle Bussey is CEO and Executive Director of GLISI (the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement), a non-profit serving and growing over 1,500 school leaders annually in 50+ districts across Georgia.

Now in her 10th year at GLISI, Bussey leads a team of skilled facilitators, designers, and researchers of adult development experiences to bring to life GLISI’s mission, which is also their theory of action: Uplift school leaders > Transform mindsets and action > Create vibrant cultures of innovation > Build excellent and equitable schools.

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Craig J. Boykin

Craig J. Boykin

Motivational speaker, author and mentor Craig Boykin offers an inspiring message of hope to educators and the at-risk students they serve. Boykin’s highly regarded speeches, seminars and workshops focus on helping educators engage, support and motivate young people who struggle with the effects of poverty and trauma.

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Robert Balfanz

Robert Balfanz is a research professor at the Center for the Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, where he is co-director of the Talent Development Secondary reform model and director of the Everyone Graduates Center.

Balfanz published widely on secondary school reform, high school dropouts, early warning systems, chronic absenteeism, school climate and instructional interventions in high-poverty schools.

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Pedro Noguera, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Keynote Speaker - Opening General Session

2:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Pedro Noguera, UCLA GEIS

Pedro A. Noguera is the Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and Faculty Director for the Center for the Transformation of Schools at UCLA. He is a critically acclaimed scholar, a dynamic speaker and a committed activist.

Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, Noguera served as a tenured professor and holder of endowed chairs at New York University (2003 – 2015), Harvard University (2000 – 2003) and the University of California, Berkeley (1990 – 2000).

Dr. Noguera’s keynote address is proudly sponsored by Teaching Channel.

Teaching Channel - Getting Better Together

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Anna Nixon, Co-Founder, STEM4Girls
Keynote Speaker - Closing General Session

3 p.m., Thursday, July 9, 2020

Anna Nixon, Co-Founder, STEM4Girls

SREB is honored to present Anna Nixon as the keynote speaker of our closing general session.

Anna Nixon, co-founder of STEM4Girls, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring young people to pursue opportunities and learning in STEM fields, is an award-winning roboticist, speaker, teacher and leader. In her public talks, Anna discusses the importance of technical education, technology trends, encouraging girls to pursue STEM, and generational changes caused by technology and education.

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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.