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One Week, Two Powerful Conferences

Networking Conference July 8-10, 2019

Focuses on powerful literacy and mathematics strategies that enhance students’ content knowledge and reasoning skills.

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Making Schools Work Conference July 10-13, 2019

Brings K-12 educators together to share promising practices for advancing students’ engagement and achievement.

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The nation’s premier professional learning events for improving instruction and increasing K-12 student achievement

Bring a team of teachers, counselors and school leaders and take home tools you can use in your school right away.

Formerly known as the High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference, the Making Schools Work Conference features keynote, concurrent, sharing and deep-dive sessions that go to the heart of K-12 educational challenges, such as ensuring equitable access to quality learning experiences and addressing the effects of poverty.

All conference events will be held in the Hilton Baltimore and the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore’s exciting Inner Harbor.

Sessions will help attendees:

  1. Design high-quality instruction
  2. Implement classroom management strategies
  3. Align curricula with readiness standards
  4. Use educational technology effectively
  5. Develop career pathways
  6. Offer personalized learning supports
  7. Build school and district leadership capacity
  8. Support new educators
  9. Adopt continuous improvement strategies
  10. And much, much more

Learn with the leading experts in your field


Jennifer Curtis
Emerald Education

Networking Conference Featured Speaker

Jennifer Curtis, president and founder of Emerald Education, a school, district and state education agency collaborative, seeks to improve conditions and opportunities for success for each child.

Curtis contributed to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ new book, Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics: Initiating Critical Conversations. She recently served as section chief for mathematics at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Josh Davies - CEO, The Center for Work Ethic Development

Josh Davies
The Center for Work Ethic Development

Making Schools Work Conference Featured Speaker

Josh Davies is CEO of The Center for Work Ethic Development, an organization committed to developing workplace skills in the global workforce. Through curriculum, certification, and consulting, the Center equips organizations around the world to better prepare their local workforce for employment and life-long success.

We believe in the power of work to promote self-sufficiency and build self-worth.
– Josh Davies, CEO, The Center for Work Ethic Development

Davies is passionate about helping others make a difference in their lives, jobs and community. Through his work as a speaker and trainer, he has engaged and encouraged professionals across North America, the Middle East, and Asia.

Davies was awarded an honorary doctorate of Foodservice by the North American Food Equipment Manufacturers Association for his contributions to the industry. He was appointed by the governor of Colorado to serve a second term on the Executive Board of the Colorado Workforce Development Council and to chair the State Education and Training Steering Committee.

Davies holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from American University.

Learn about other featured speakers at the 2019 Making Schools Work Conference.

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Join us for upcoming conferences


Making Schools Work 2020
July 7-10, 2020

Join us at the next Making Schools Work Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 7-10, 2020. The conference will be held at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

New Orleans, Louisiana

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