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Pre-Conference - Wednesday October 4

Marcia Tate

Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites

Have you ever won­dered why some stu­dents can­not under­stand or recall impor­tant con­tent after a 24-​hour period? If your stu­dents are not learn­ing the way you are teach­ing them, then you must teach them the way they learn!

Expe­ri­ence 20 instruc­tional strate­gies based on brain research and learn­ing style the­ory that max­i­mize mem­ory and min­i­mize for­get­ting. Increase learn­ing for all stu­dents when strate­gies like draw­ing, metaphor, move­ment, music, and sto­ry­telling are used to teach cur­ricu­lum objec­tives and meet inter­na­tional stan­dards. Explore research that shows why these strate­gies are prefer­able to oth­ers. Ensure that brains retain key con­cepts – not only for tests, but for life!

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Mar­cia L. Tate, EdD, is the for­mer Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Pro­fes­sional Devel­op­ment for the DeKalb County School Sys­tem, Decatur, Geor­gia. Dur­ing the course of her 30-​year career with the dis­trict, she has also been a class­room teacher, read­ing spe­cial­ist, lan­guage arts coor­di­na­tor, and staff devel­op­ment exec­u­tive director.

Morning Keynote: Thursday October 5

Manny Scott

Manny shares his story, and sev­eral eye-​opening insights, of how, through hard work and with the help of oth­ers, he went from being an “unreach­able,” “unteach­able” stu­dent to becom­ing a suc­cess­ful stu­dent, hus­band, father, entre­pre­neur, and pub­lic servant.

Manny will share, sev­eral proven prac­tices and prin­ci­ples that engage, equip, and empower peo­ple every­where to reach youth. Based on his doc­toral research and own life expe­ri­ences, Manny explains how to per­suade oth­ers to turn the page and take proac­tive steps to improve the qual­ity of their lives. These are tools that oth­ers used to reach Manny, and tools that lead­ers every­where can use right now to begin impact­ing the lives of oth­ers with incred­i­ble success.

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An orig­i­nal Free­dom Writer whose story is told in part in the 2007 movie, Free­dom Writ­ers, Manny Scott has ener­gized over a mil­lion lead­ers, edu­ca­tors, vol­un­teers, and stu­dents world­wide with his inspir­ing mes­sages of hope. Manny founded Ink Inter­na­tional, Inc, an edu­ca­tional con­sult­ing firm that has helped orga­ni­za­tions raise stu­dent achieve­ment and leader effec­tive­ness in 48 states and four con­ti­nents; and, helped pre­vent thou­sands of dropouts and suicides.

Closing Keynote: Friday October 6

Tony Frontier

A Different Lens: Seeing Possibility in Every Child

We often find in oth­ers exactly what we look for. As you look at your stu­dents, what do you see? How does what you see influ­ence what your stu­dents see in themselves?

On some days, Tony Fron­tier is a pro­fes­sor of Lead­er­ship Stud­ies and ASCD author. On other days, he is an award-​winning street pho­tog­ra­pher and pro­fes­sional musi­cian. In the last seven years, he has trav­eled around the world ask­ing both sides of his whole-​self a sim­ple ques­tion. “What if I expected to see and hear beauty around every corner?”

This keynote pre­sen­ta­tion begins with a sur­pris­ing social exper­i­ment in a sub­way sta­tion in Wash­ing­ton DC and takes par­tic­i­pants around the world on jour­ney that weaves together threads of teach­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, music, and edu­ca­tional research.

Through this inter­ac­tive and inspi­ra­tional pre­sen­ta­tion, par­tic­i­pants will be chal­lenged to see their class­rooms, their stu­dents, and their role as edu­ca­tors, with new eyes. Par­tic­i­pants will leave with an under­stand­ing of spe­cific strate­gies that can be used to 1) bet­ter under­stand how educator’s beliefs about stu­dents impact edu­ca­tors abil­ity to meet student’s learn­ing needs, 2) help stu­dents focus on how effec­tive effort, rather than innate abil­ity, deter­mines their suc­cess, and 3) the crit­i­cal dis­tinc­tions between teach­ers who focus on cre­at­ing sup­port­ive learn­ing envi­ron­ments as com­pared to teach­ers who are focused on com­plet­ing tasks.


An award-​winning teacher, engag­ing pre­sen­ter, and best-​selling author, Tony Fron­tier works with teach­ers and school lead­ers nation­ally and inter­na­tion­ally to help them pri­or­i­tize efforts to improve stu­dent engage­ment and stu­dent learn­ing. With exper­tise in stu­dent engage­ment, for­ma­tive assess­ment, effec­tive instruc­tion, and strate­gic plan­ning, Fron­tier empha­sizes a sys­tems approach to build capac­ity to empower teach­ers to improve each student’s school­ing experience.

Sectionals from Around the State

Wis­con­sin ASCD is com­mit­ted to provid­ing enhanced pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment that is research-​based, endur­ing and most effec­tive for improv­ing stu­dent learn­ing. Learn for three excit­ing days from lead­ing experts. Net­work with col­leagues from around the state.

Join us Thurs­day after­noon and Fri­day morn­ing for 75 minute sec­tional ses­sions from DPI, higher ed, and school dis­tricts from around the state.

We hope you and a team of lead­ers from your school or dis­trict can join us for this qual­ity learn­ing oppor­tu­nity in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Wis­con­sin Depart­ment of Pubilc Instruction.

This con­fer­ence also includes:

  • Con­ti­nen­tal break­fast and lunch Wednes­day and Thursday
  • Thurs­day night Social fea­tur­ing WASCD’s own Tony Fron­tier with Duel­ing Pianos
  • Hot break­fast buf­fet Friday.

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