Iowa Education Symposium

Agenda

Second Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium

August 4, 2014
Des Moines Area Community College
FFA Enrichment Center
1055 Southwest Prairie Trail Parkway
Ankeny, IA 50023

TimeEvent
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Continental breakfast and registration
9:00 a.m. to 9:05 a.m. Welcome – Rob Denson, Des Moines Area Community College
President
9:05 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks – The Honorable Terry E. Branstad, Governor of Iowa, and the Honorable Kim Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

“Teaching and Leadership Around the World”
Vivien Stewart
, Senior Advisor for Education at Asia Society, followed by questions from the audience

10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

BREAK

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

"Portrait of Great Teachers: Lessons for and from Singapore"
Ee-Ling Low, Associate Professor and Head of Strategic Planning and Academic Quality at the National Institute of Education in Singapore, followed by questions from the audience

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. LUNCH
12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Student Panel (with lunch continuing)
“What Difference Does Great Teaching Make?"

Moderator: Annie Howard, a 2014 Graduate of Valley High School in West Des Moines, who will attend George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Panelists:

  • Jacob Bundt, who will be a Senior at Paton-Churdan Junior-Senior High School in Churdan
  • Aditi Dinakar, a 2014 Graduate of Johnston High School, who will attend Creighton University in Nebraska
  • Mary Korch, who will be a Senior at Thomas Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids
  • Kwizera Imani, known as Imani, who will be a Senior at North High School in Des Moines
  • Chandler Mores, a 2014 Graduate of Harlan High School, who will attend Stanford University in California.
12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

“Changing the Culture of Teaching”
Jane Schmidt
, 2014 Iowa Teacher of the Year

12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“Central Decatur and Saydel: After One Year of Teacher Leadership”
Presentations from two Iowa school districts that won federal grants to launch teacher leadership systems in 2013-14, in partnership with the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching,will be followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience

Moderator: Linda Fandel, Special Assistant for Education in the Branstad-Reynolds Administration

Central Decatur Community School District Panelists:

  • Tricia Applegate, Master Teacher at Central Decatur Middle School-Senior High School
  • Chris Coffelt, Superintendent
  • Shelly Durrow, Career Teacher at South Elementary School
  • Joni Readout, Mentor Teacher 2013-14, Master Teacher 2014-15, at North Elementary School

Saydel Community School District Panelists:

  • Christopher Feldhans, Principal at Woodside Middle School
  • Traci Lust, Master Teacher at Cornell Elementary School
  • Cheryl Smith, Mentor Teacher at Saydel High School
  • Erin Ogden, Career Teacher at Woodside Middle School
1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

BREAK

1:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

“A New Vision for Principal Leadership”
Aiddy Phomvisay
, 2014 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

“Iowa's First 39: Reinventing Schools Across the State"

Ryan Wise, Deputy Director at the Iowa Department of Education, will provide an overview followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience

Panelists:

  • Jeff Dieken, Principal at Hudson High School
  • Deron Durflinger, Superintendent for the Van Meter Community School District
  • Ray Feuss, Teacher at Kenwood Elementary in the Cedar Rapids Community School District
  • Paul Gausman, Superintendent for the Sioux City Community School District
  • Kelly Simon, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Western Dubuque Community School District
  • Brenda Garcia-Van Auken, Parent and Iowa Board of Educational Examiners Member from Muscatine
  • Paula Vincent, Chief Administrator at Heartland Area Education Agency in Johnston
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. “Transforming Schools for Teachers to Lead”
Barnett Berry, Founder and CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality, based in Carrboro, North Carolina, followed by questions from the audience
4:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Final Remarks – Brad Buck, Director of the Iowa Department of Education