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Great news, our Summer Conference pre-conference sessions are going virtual along with the main conference! Dates and times have changed to divide pre-conferences over multiple sessions. Please note the new dates and times of each below.

Already registered? You're all set! There's no need to re-register for pre-cons if you registered before they went virtual. Simply note the new date(s) and time.

Already registered and can't make the new date and time? Contact us.

Pre-conference registration is now closed.

Increasing Teacher Effectiveness through Focused Conversations SOLD OUT!

June 11, 18, and 25 (all Thursdays) 3 - 5 p.m. each day

Becky Lee, Principal, North Thurston Public Schools
Anzara Miller, Director of Professional Practice, Shoreline School District

Teacher learning links directly to student learning. Given the pace of changes in schools with shifts in student demographics, curriculum updates and new instructional approaches, teachers must continually learn and grow. How do you as an administrator support that growth through conversations with your teachers and other staff?  You can start by shifting your observation conversations from “How did I do” to “How can I get better?”

Come to this three-part session where you will learn strategies and skills to improve your effectiveness and efficiency in supporting teacher and team growth. You will use tools and templates to learn and practice strategies and skills, view model conversations and leave with tangible resources to support your conversations with teachers. Participants will receive the book and materials by Laura Lipton and Bruce Wellman titled, Learning Focused Supervision.

Fee: $100 (This session is being partially funded by OSPI)

Magnified Leadership: Exploring Opportunities for Inclusive Practices Now and in the Future SOLD OUT! 

June 25 and 26
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. each day

Dr. Lauren Katzman, Executive Director, Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative

Visioning into this new decade, the need to develop and refine our equity lens in service of all students continues to be paramount in leadership practice. The body of research consistently supports the positive link between access to core instruction in general education settings and improved outcomes, academically, socially and emotionally for students with disabilities. How do you lead for this in your context?  Who is implementing inclusionary practices, and seeing positive student outcomes? What are they doing and how are they measuring their success? In this preconference, we will learn and collaborate together on inclusionary practices through a leadership lens of culture, systems and learning, deepening understanding and gaining tools and processes to help guide your work as a leader. This engaging session is perfect for your central office and building leader teams!

Fee: FREE (This pre-conference is fully funded by OSPI’s Inclusionary Practices Project)

Tiers for Fears: Sowing the Seeds of MTSS

SESSION 1 DATE/TIME: June 11, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
SESSION 2 DATA/TIME: June 25, 2 - 4 p.m.
(Attend both days in the series.) There will be a couple of recorded sessions to watch between sessions.

Dr. Jessica Swain-Bradway, Executive Director, Northwest PBIS Network
Justyn Poulos, Director of MTSS, Center for the Improvement of Student Learning, OSPI
Kelcey Schmitz, MTSS/School Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Specialist, U.W. SMART Center
Kurt Hatch, Associate Director, AWSP

If you are considering an MTSS framework in your building or district, or are in the process of implementing, this session is for you. The presenters have worked across the country training, coaching, and evaluating the implementation of MTSS in schools, districts, and other human services settings for decades. Regardless of what stage you are in, this session will provide you with essential foundational information on MTSS framework and logic as well as evidence-based interventions across all three tiers to support even the most challenging situations and provide you with an opportunity to create an action plan for next steps back at your building or district.

We will address common concerns we are hearing across Washington including mental health integration, disproportionality in school discipline, family engagement, effective classroom practices, restorative practices, teaming, initiative overload, inclusive practices, data-based decision making, and current state level policies, procedures and guidance from OSPI. Bring your tough questions, implementation challenges, and other barriers you've experienced and we will provide the information you need to keep moving forward.

Fee: $225


Registration is Now Closed

If you registered for a pre-conference, watch for a "Know Before You Go" email with important details!

Jack Arend FMI

For More Information 

Jack Arend | Associate Director | (800) 562-6100