806 Learning Summit Pre-conference – June 5th 2024,  9:00am – 4:30pm

806 Learning Summit: Connecting The Dots – June 5th-7th, 2024

Omni Frisco Hotel at The Star

Participate in an exceptional boutique-conference meticulously curated to facilitate learning from esteemed educational leaders across the nation. This event is thoughtfully structured to equip attendees with actionable strategies specifically tailored for implementation within schools or districts. These strategies aim to bolster participants’ ability to CONNECT THE DOTS, resulting in heightened efficiencies and enhanced effectiveness.

Welcome to the 806 Learning Summit: Connecting The Dots

Our summit brings together educational leaders to enhance their expertise and empower them with key areas crucial for educational advancement. Through focused sessions, we aim to reinforce the importance of each topic and offer practical tips for leadership development.

Get to Know The Strands

Transformational Leadership: Discover the power of transformative leadership strategies that develops current and future leaders. Learn how to inspire change, foster innovation, and cultivate a culture of growth and adaptability to help people move beyond their perceived capabilities.

Instructional Leadership: Explore methods to amplify teaching effectiveness, harnessing the latest pedagogical approaches, technology integration, and tailored instructional practices to drive student engagement and achievement. Begin by setting a clear vision for student learning and academic outcomes.

Continuous Improvement: Delve into the principles of continuous improvement, honing processes, and fostering a mindset of ongoing growth. Uncover strategies to refine school systems, curriculum, and overall educational practices for sustained improvement.

Mental Health/Wellness: Recognize the pivotal role of mental health and wellness in schools and districts. Gain insights into fostering supportive environments, implementing wellness initiatives, and nurturing the mental well-being of students and staff alike.

State & Federal Programs Leadership: Navigate the complex landscape of educational compliance effortlessly. Understand the regulatory environment, ethical considerations, and best practices to ensure adherence while maintaining educational excellence

Summit Agenda

Presenter Time Session Title Session Description Strand
Lesli Laughter
June 6th 8:30 - 10:00
Morning Keynote
Dr. Dale Castro
June 6th 10:15 - 11:30
A Hawaii School’s Teaming Approach to School Improvement
Are you a school administrator, teacher leader, or district leader trying to support a school that is stalling or underperforming? Every student deserves a school where they can thrive with options and opportunities. Hear our team’s approach to continuous improvement starting with our needs assessment and applying resources for systemic change. - Sharing of strategies and resources,Performance outcomes, lessons learned
Continuous Improvement
Cindy Gibson
June 6th 10:15 - 11:30
The AI Edge in Education: From Data Analysis to Enhanced Planning
This session, for any leader hoping to innovate and save time, will explore the asset based role of AI through the lens of the USDE’s 7 recommendations for AI in education. Bring some data (or use our mock data) to dig into how AI dissects and deciphers to get you going deeper into data conversations and building better plans…all types of plans… swifter and smarter. Leave equipped with tools, templates, and specific ChatGPT prompts. Note: This session is part 1 of 3 in the 806 University course and certification program, The AI Edge in Education. Attendees of this session will gain complimentary access to parts 2 & 3 of obtaining a Level 1 AI Certification.
Continuous Improvement
Brandon Ligon
June 6th 10:15 - 11:30
STEM & LaughterRx: The Prescription for Educator & Student Wellness
Prepare to snort, giggle, and discover the therapeutic wonders of STEM in our laughter-filled session! Uncover how the STEM experience, the unexpected therapy you didn’t know you needed, crafts resilience in educators and students alike. Dive into success stories that will tickle your funny bone while gaining tangible strategies to weave STEM seamlessly into teaching practices. Geared for educators, this session promises laughter, insights, and tools to boost both teaching and personal resilience. Learning Objectives: Unearth the profound impact of STEM on mental wellness for both educators and students., Explore real-world strategies for integrating STEM into daily teaching practices., Connect the dots between STEM experiences and building resilience in educators and students.
Mental Health/Wellness
Serita Dotson & Kyla Prusek
June 6th 10:15 - 11:30
Leading With Purpose
Leaders will unpack their campus mission and vision statement and reflect or refine on how they lead with the core principals always at the front of every decision. This session will engage campus administrators or campus leadership teams to actively participate in shaping mission and visions to contribute to well-informed decisions. Why? The leaders on the campus must always have a guiding compass to support decisions. What? This will support leaders to be confident in all decision making, even when it is a tough decision. How? Leaders will be able to support their leadership team and campus with being able to answer "why" they do what they do.
Instructional Leadership
Latikka Magee & Jacque Tolliver
June 6th 10:15 - 11:30
Collaboration in Action: Navigating Title IV Funds for Student and Educator Health and Wellness
Take a trip to embark on a transformative session and explore the dynamic intersection of ESSA Title IV funding and employee (and student) well-being. Uncover strategic ways to utilize Title IV funds, to positively impact wellness initiatives and foster a harmonious work environment. Gain practical insights, expert guidance, and actionable steps to enhance both fiscal support and physical well-being within your organization. Soar into the symbiotic relationship between employee well-being and Title IV funding and delve into strategic leveraging for amplified wellness programs. Join us for a holistic discussion, navigate the nexus of financial resources and well-being, empower your organization to thrive on multiple fronts.
State & Federal Programs Leadership
Dr. Sam Nix
June 6th 11:40 - 1:15
The Power of Perspective: Connecting the Dots in the Political Landscape
Education, a supposed beacon of unity, finds itself caught in the crossfire of polarized politics. But can we navigate this shifting landscape and find common ground? This keynote invites you to shift your perspective, exploring how diverse viewpoints can shape a stronger, more equitable future for education. Through powerful storytelling and data-driven insights, we'll connect the dots between political ideologies and their impact on classrooms, resources, and ultimately, the potential of our children. Join us as we break down the silos, challenge assumptions, and build bridges for collaboration in a system yearning for progress.
Lunch & Learn
Dr. Cara Malone
June 6th 1:30 - 2:45
Pathways to the Classroom: Strategic Staffing for a Shifting Educational Landscape
Hiring the teachers of tomorrow requires strategic thinking today! Find out how and why the public education landscape for staffing has changed, learn strategies for attracting teachers, developing teachers, and retaining teachers-- from job sharing to residency programs-- to rethinking the one teacher-one classroom model. Learn how one fast-growth district is working to fill 100% of vacancies and working to provide students with the best learning environment possible.
Continuous Improvement
Alicia Unruh
June 6th 1:30 - 2:45
Implementing change? Remember the system.
This session will present main concepts of systems thinking and its application when making change in schools or school districts. It is aimed to help school and district leaders to: See their organizations from a 30,000 feet perspective and identify their individual components, Understand how these components are interwoven and how a change in one area can impact the entire system, Deconstruct the process when planning for change using an example from one school district and try some tools to assess their own sphere of influence to start making the change.
Transformational Leadership
Josh & Ali Worsham
June 6th 1:30 - 2:45
Coaching Traditional Teachers for Modern Classrooms
Today’s students have unique needs- with one foot in traditional learning and one in modern skill sets, we must continually evolve our pedagogy to fully prepare our students. In this session, we’ll discuss how to coach traditional teachers through the process of adapting their approach to meet the needs of Gen Z and Gen Alpha students.
Instructional Leadership
Karla Burkholder
June 6th 1:30 - 2:45
Artificial Intelligence: the New Disruptor in Education
AI is here, and tools like ChatGPT are disrupting teaching and learning. The session is for all educators who have influence and impact instruction including campus and district administrators, instructional coaches, curriculum coordinators and technology leaders. Participants will gain valuable insights and ideas to navigate the opportunities and challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence during this interactive session. Participants will: understand the benefits of generative AI for teachers, students and leaders, understand important challenges of AI including information validity, ethical use, bias, security and privacy, and make connections of the benefits and challenges of AI to their daily work
Instructional Leadership
Dr. Sam Nix
June 6th 1:30 - 2:45
Beyond Status Quo: Inspiring Radical Change as a Transformational Leader
This session challenges the traditional view of leadership focused on activity and busyness. Instead, it emphasizes the importance of impact and the leader's role in driving transformation. Key Takeaways. Participants will learn to move from highlighting activities to demonstrating the impact of their work. Participants will have a deeper understanding of how to develop a problem-solving mindset. Participants will understand the importance of building a culture of accountability by creating systems to track progress, provide feedback, and ensure results.
Transformational Leadership
Caleb Campbell
June 6th 3:00 - 4:30
From Crisis to Courage: Accessing Your Inner Strength For Breakthrough Leadership
As education leaders are being asked to do more but with fewer resources they’re finding themselves outstretched and with limited capacity. This takes a toll not only on performance and productivity, but also on the heart–the well-being of the leader.   As a result, leaders are finding themselves the type of tired that more sleep doesn’t solve.   It’s in this landscape of emotional and professional turmoil that Caleb Campbell’s mission takes center stage, arming his audience with a transformative message– unlocking the courage and authenticity needed to thrive through these unprecedented challenges.   Through masterful storytelling and drawing on awe-inspiring stories from personal experiences, Caleb blends compassion, emotional intelligence, authentic storytelling and practical wisdom while providing a clear and compelling roadmap for a new way forward.
Keynote
Justin Richardson
June 7th 8:30-9:45
Be a Waymaker: Soulful Leadership Practices to Keep Us Moving Toward Our Purpose
Amidst the complexities of today's educational landscape, leaders often find themselves navigating without a clear sense of direction. Along with a pervasive culture of perpetual busyness, the relentless urgency of daily tasks can lead to a reactive "just get through the day" approach to leadership, leaving leaders feeling adrift. Can you relate? Fear not, for there is hope. The good news is that the answer lies within you. Join Dr. Justin Richardson for an insightful exploration of the soulful side of leadership through engaging stories and reflective questions. Take a moment to pause and rediscover your sense of direction. Justin will share practical leadership strategies to empower you to: - Clearly define your personal values and cultivate a sense of belonging within your team. - Maintain focus on your purpose through strategic moments of pause. - Foster authentic relationships that contribute to your organization’s success. Connect the dots between who you are and what you do…be the leader people want to follow!
Morning Keynote
Ashlee Boothe
June 7th 10:15 - 11:30
The Model Classroom Approach
Model Classrooms set the standard for excellence regarding structure, procedures, and standards, while serving as an exemplar for other teachers to follow. Campus and district leaders will gain tools needed to create model classrooms, create a systematic approach to building teacher leader capacity, and connect the dots to setting a campus standard of excellence.
Continuous Improvement
Meghan Buchanan & Christy Fox
June 7th 10:15 - 11:30
The Wheel of School Improvement - How we ROLL in Austin ISD
In this interactive session, participants will explore School Improvement Planning as a wheel of aligned and collaborative district systems working together to keep teaching and learning rolling at the campus level. Participants will also hear about the inclusive and transparent process Austin ISD implemented in 2023 to redesign campus improvement planning. This process centered the voices of campus principals to transform improvement planning from a focus on compliance to reflexive and authentic praxis. Participants will engage with their own wheel of school improvement as they consider alignment and synergy in their own context. Learning Objectives: - Participants will critically reflect on continuous improvement efforts in their organization to identify areas of alignment and also areas for improvement - Participants will hear about improvement planning in Austin ISD and be invited to share connections from their own context as an effort to connect the dots and learn and grow together - Participants will create their own wheel model of school improvement in their district and identify strategies for supporting alignment so that their wheel can “roll.”Target Audience:Participants will be able to connect to session content regardless of their relationship or proximity to school improvement but this session will be especially relevant to district and campus leaders involved in continuous improvement efforts.
Continuous Improvement
Rob Thornell
June 7th 10:15 - 11:30
Five “Hats” Effective School Leaders Wear!
The role of the principal is becoming increasingly more complex and challenging. Model schools are led by Model principals and while there is no single correct way for a school leader to be effective, there are common traits that the best principals share. Doing the job of an effective principal requires flexibility and acknowledgement of the many different roles that the job entails. This session is designed to explore five distinct hats a principal may wear, often multiple times in the same day. They are: Instructional Leader, Servant Leader, Lead Learner, Communicator, and Reflective Practitioner. This session is designed to share intentional activities principals can use while wearing each of these hats by providing user friendly ideas that can help all school leaders become more effective in their role.
Instructional Leadership
Lisa Vernon
June 7th 10:15 - 11:30
“To be honest, I’m not okay!”
"In this session, participants will learn about the importance of incorporating practical applications to promote well-being and put a paperclip in the pace of the workplace and be intentional to focus on self perservation. Encourage a healthy balance between work and personal life. Educate employees on recognizing and preventing burnout. Assess and embrace the need to build adult self-awareness Incorporate movement and mindfulness as an added element excitement for students and energetic spontaneity."
Mental Health/Wellness
Lesli Laughter
June 7th 10:15 - 11:30
State/Federal Focused Leadership
Zandra Jo Galvan, Dr. Dale Castro, Dr. Sam Nix, Alica Unruh, Corey Green
Lunch & Expert Panel
Dr. Jordan Goines
June 7th 1:30 - 2:45
Building a System of Continuous Improvement with Site Leaders
This session will provide district and school leaders with tangible, equitable tools to support the continuous learning and differentiated support of site leaders. Participants will have the ability to understand how differentiating leadership work, coaching and training supports the growth of site administrators in building effective systems that promote the achievement of the whole child. This session provides an overview of the Continuous Improvement cycle applied to building leadership competencies that have long term positive implications for implementation of site work throughout their school sites. - District and Site Leaders will be able to - Identify processes that allow for their own continuous growth - Apply learning to their school own leadership, while providing them the ability to gain an understanding of core competencies in terms of leadership.
Continuous Improvement
Devon Hawks
June 7th 1:30 - 2:45
A Journey from Comprehensive to Commendable: Practical leadership strategies that guarantee school transformation
A district administrator and a high school principal will share over 50 strategies that resulted in a 20% increase in the graduation rate and a 36% increase in 9th grade on track in four years. School and district leadership teams will take away practical strategies that can be immediately implemented, along with wholistic concepts that lead to systemic change.
Transformational Leadership
Janelle & Tim Persall
June 7th 1:30 - 2:45
Playbook Precision: Practice Makes Perfect, Processes Make Possible
Learn a process for creating an instructional framework to target Tier 1 instruction. While practice is crucial for skill development and mastery, having clear and effective processes enhances the likelihood of achieving desired outcomes. This session is for district and campus leaders, instructional coaches and teachers. Participants will: - Engage with a mental model to deepen understanding of how to plan for learning and how we experience learning, - Explore the value of a focused, shared set of instructional strategies across all classrooms, and - Establish how to CONNECT THE DOTS to support implementation through a shared language of feedback and coaching.
Instructional Leadership
Justin Richardson
June 7th 1:30 - 2:45
Growing Leaders from Within: Developing Today's Teachers into the Leaders of Tomorrow
In a time of teacher shortages and rising leadership vacancies, schools need to invest in their teachers as the leaders of tomorrow. This session will provide a roadmap for developing teacher leaders at all levels. We'll focus on: The critical role teacher leaders play in creating high-quality educational experiences and a thriving school culture. Specific strategies to establish a supportive system for early career teachers, allowing them to build foundational skills and gain confidence. Practical tools to strengthen communication skills, empowering teachers to take on leadership roles. Techniques to cultivate a purpose-driven culture where current leaders inspire teacher growth and leadership development. Connect the dots: Quality leaders are the key to organizational wellness – now and in the future.
Transformational Leadership
Nick Davis
June 7th 1:30 - 2:45
WHY We Do What We Do: How Grant Leadership Really Matters
In this session, participants will gain the ability to understand WHY they do what they do every day, and how understanding this can have a profound impact on the way we serve students and schools. Through understanding their WHY, participants will then be equipped with five key grant leadership skills to ensure effective grant management, grant compliance, and proper program implementation.
Compliance

Preconference Agenda

Presenter Time Session Title Session Description
Cory Green
June 5th 9:00 - 4:30
Who is EDGAR?
TEA Associate Commissioner Cory Green and staff will provide a training on the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (our federal grant rules) that all program and fiscal grant staff need to know. This training is for beginners through experienced grant staff and will benefit all levels of knowledge and experience. Key Takeaways: Participants will gain… Better understanding of federal grant rules Better understanding of federal compliance Hands on experience determining federal allowability of costs