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The information on this page is for Empower18. Check back in September 2018 for information about Empower19, which will be held March 16–18, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois.
Saturday, March 24 | Sunday, March 25 | Monday, March 26
Sessions are listed in order by date and session start time.
More sessions will be added as they become available.
Dr. Jill Biden has dedicated her work to highlighting the importance of education, sacrifices made by military families, and issues surrounding women's health. She manages all this while continuing to teach as a full-time professor and serving as the U.S. chair of Save the Children; cofounder and honorary chair of the Biden Foundation; and cochair of the Biden Cancer Initiative along with her husband, Vice President Joe Biden.
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There are dramatic differences in the quality of teachers in every school. If all teachers could be more like the best teachers, then we would have significant improvement in every school. Every building has special teachers who connect with all students and consistently engage them in learning. Join the presenter—an ASCD author and one of the nation's leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness—in this session that will focus on what leaders can do to get all the teachers to be like the best teachers.
Note: This luncheon is not included in registration for ASCD Empower18. You must register separately for this event. Seating is limited.
The price is $89.00 per person. Payment for this luncheon is due at the time of registration. ASCD cannot offer refunds for the luncheon unless the session is canceled by ASCD.
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There is no question that student voice is crucial to effective change in schools. The question that remains is, how do we make the triumphs go viral and learn from the tribulations? In this session based on data from tens of thousands of students, the presenter will speak candidly about the power of student voice—the positive effects and the obstacles that still need to be overcome. He will offer action steps to ensure student voice is listened to, learned from, and acted upon in ways that benefit your entire school.
From the classroom to the boardroom, creating a culture of compassion is essential to the success of every student, teacher, and administrator. Attend this session for a bold, honest look at why some schools and organizations flounder while others thrive. Participants will leave with real, practical strategies that address how leaders can drive the culture of their organizations; how social-emotional learning and proactive prevention are the keys to stopping bullying at all levels; and why educating the whole child means educating the whole school, district, and community. Throughout this session, the presenter will share the latest cutting-edge research and weave in effective teaching techniques with stories of triumphs and failures, so that you can return to your school or district with strategies that work.
Sponsored by Chicken Soup for the Soul®.
Say that your school appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show twice, support and resources arrive from all over the world, and you have more than $130,000 to spend on expanding student learning. The school seems well-positioned for success. But what do you do when both of your administrators are out on maternity leave at the beginning of the school year and the school begins to lose sight of the vision statement? What do you do when teachers who were initially fired up about teaching are now dragging themselves to work every single day? Everybody is excited at the beginning of the school year, but something happens between October and April. The newness wears off and teachers begin to lose the fire they initially had. In this session, the presenter will break down in detail three doors that must be unlocked in order to maintain a healthy school climate and culture and help students achieve optimum success.
In this session, you will see how a national classroom design consultant and elementary teacher is leveraging flexible learning spaces to engage learners while differentiating and personalizing her instruction for all students. The presenter will take you through a lesson using a creative classroom space. She will also share creative ways you can organize your classroom and create unique spaces, all in the service of helping children learn. Hear about the fundamental elements of creating a space that is developmentally appropriate, personalized, brain-friendly, and future ready for today's learners.
As Nicholas Ferroni says, "Kids who are loved at home come to school to learn, but kids who aren't come to school to be loved." The presenter, a K–5 school principal, lead learner, and award-winning author, has watched firsthand in his own classroom and now on his campus how using the words "You Matter" has not only transformed the culture of the campus, but also transformed lives. The presenter will share many different strategies that you can implement immediately that will positively affect those around you and build stronger relationships. Follow him on Twitter: @TechNinjaTodd
If you want to feel optimistic about the future, look no further. Millennials are the largest generation, will soon be the most influential in global leadership, and will live longer than their predecessors. Their magic—or "mojo"—is shaping our world, and anticipating and influencing the positive effect that millennials will have as education leaders, parents, and policymakers is a tremendous opportunity. In this eye-opening and thought-provoking session, discover how much the generations actually have in common and how to use these commonalities as building blocks for collaboration. The presenter will depict the future based on millennial character traits, including their love for the arts (the key to teaching empathy), proclivity for entrepreneurship (the key to fostering identity), and natural ability to rise above social injustices. He will also challenge participants to consider how artificial intelligence will drive revenue and unemployment, the effect that will have on the disaffection of youth and vulnerability to radicalism, and how education must adapt and address this changing landscape. Ultimately, the presenter will empower boomers, Xers, and millennials to successfully collaborate in order to overcome local to global challenges, make education relevant for the future, and bring us closer to world peace.
Collaboration is the new chorus line of education improvement. Whether teachers should collaborate is no longer an issue. Any profession worthy of its name depends on people sharing their knowledge and expertise. The key question now is what are better and worse ways to collaborate? How do we design collaboration? For example, what do we know about the relative merits of professional learning communities, lesson study, data teams, or school networks? And how do we take promising designs from one place and use them effectively in another? In this session based on his forthcoming book, the presenter will not only inspire us to collaborate, but also show us how to do it. Drawing on his research on different ways of collaborating in the United States and four other countries, he will share how to collaborate effectively with depth, focus, boldness, and purpose.
Bold moves need to be made right now. How can we prepare our learners for the future? Join in as the presenters ask us to consider what is important in the design of school structures and issue a challenge to what is habitual. During the luncheon, presenters and participants will explore fresh ideas and practices on learning spaces, grouping configurations, schedules, and program designs. Most importantly, the presenters will share specific strategies to not only engage task force teams in the process of transformation but also to find the courage to do so. As they state, "We support bold moves rather than tepid reiterations of the past because boldness sparks innovation, propelling the actions that are required to complete the transition to 'right now.' "
Are you tired, run down, and overwhelmed? Feeling a little cynical lately? Do you find yourself going through the motions these days? Do you miss that passion you used to have for your job? If so, you're not alone. More and more educators are facing a barrage of challenges that are eroding the passion and fire. It's not that you don't still believe in what you do; it's just that you've lost a little of your mojo. Well, it's time to get your groove back. Join the presenter in this empowering keynote luncheon on how you can recover your passion, find your mojo, and protect yourself against anything that threatens your love for what you do, even in the midst of it all.
Do we truly have the right to dream? What drives our hunger to dream? Asking these questions and honoring their answers was a sacred process that formed the foundation of the presenter's dream for an education. In this session, the presenter—who married young, had three children by the time she was eighteen, and lacked a high school education—will take participants on a journey that changed the narrative of her life and, ultimately, inspired millions of girls worldwide. The presenter exemplifies what happens when hardship is overcome by the power of belief and how opportunity and the power of those who believe in education can change individuals' destiny. Her strong belief that education gives meaning to life and defines our survival as a community asks us to examine how society must better manage the choices it offers to women and girls. The presenter will offer participants a powerful lens to gain a global perspective and action for universal education and gender equality. She will inspire participants to realize that we, as a global society, have a moral responsibility and a choice to be the fertile ground for access to high-quality education that positively influences the dreams of millions despite differences of gender, class, and background.
For years, the presenter, a 3rd grade teacher, has been asking the same beautifully simple question of her students: What do you wish your teacher knew? When she finally shared this community-building activity through her new Twitter account, the response astounded her. In this session, the presenter will share a detailed teacher's guide to the #IWishMyTeacherKnew lesson and will explore issues that may arise through students' responses. Participants will explore multiple issues that affect students and come away with "Teacher Tools"—actionable steps they can take to address students' needs and build relationships that lead to learning.
Relationships are the foundation upon which all great learning takes place. Join Manny Scott, original Freedom Writer and founder of Ink International Inc., in exploring how to cultivate healthy relationships with students and all youth so that they can excel in school and come out prepared for work and life. By sharing life-changing lessons he has learned from teachers and loving adults who helped him and from the work he has been doing with kids for the past 18 years, the presenter will show how, together, we can transform our schools into safe, positive environments where all adults are equipped to reach kids and all kids are empowered to reach their destinies. This session is a reminder of the incredible power every adult has to help young people flourish—and it will be a call to action for all who experience it.
We've all known that "School Vulture"—the one who just sits around, arms folded, waiting for something to fail and then pouncing on it. In this session, the presenter will prove that certain strategies and the power of fun, laughter, and engagement can influence and transform the climate of any building. He will encourage you to create a fearless learning environment where teachers realize that without risk there is no reward. We must stop asking "what will go wrong" and start asking "what will go right!"
One of the 21st century's most fervent purveyors of democratic values, General Colin L. Powell understands the power of diplomacy and the universal human ideal of democracy to build trust and transform once-unstable regions into areas where societies and cultures prosper. As well, he understands that the power of persuasion, reason, and building trust are immeasurably effective in getting governments to cooperate for the overall common good of their people and the rest of the world. In a compelling presentation filled with humor and anecdotes from years of service at the highest levels of international affairs, Powell, former U.S. secretary of state, will describe the delicate process of forging alliances, bringing people and countries together, and promoting universal human ideals of democracy and peace around the world.
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