2016 Empowered to Lead Schedule


Registration/Vendors | Breakfast (sponsored by the National Network of State Teachers of the Year)


Welcome: Dr. David Bosso, 2012 Connecticut Teacher of the Year; President of the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Council

Symposium Overview: Christopher Poulos, 2007 Connecticut Teacher of the Year; Immediate Past President of the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Council

Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sarah Barzee, Chief Talent Officer, Connecticut State Department of Education


Keynote Address: Jahana Hayes, 2016 Connecticut Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year Finalist


Breakout Sessions I: COLLABORATE

#1 The English Coffeehouse Effect: Administrators, Teachers, and Students Working Together to Revolutionize Their Thinking and Change the World

#2 Empowering New Teachers to Lead and Succeed

#3 Productive Collaboration with District Leaders

#4 The Art of Constructive Coaching: Using Self-Directed Evaluation Conversations to Empower Teachers and Enhance Student Learning

#5 Reimagining Teacher Leadership




Breakout Sessions II: INNOVATE

#6 Using Technology to Energize, Engage, and Collaborate

#7 Implementing Teacher Leadership at the District Level

#8 Innovative Practices to Cultivate Collaboration and Motivation

#9 FIRE Academy: Empowering Teacher Innovation

#10 Design Thinking for Educators: Reimagining Professional Learning


Lunch (sponsored by MenloEd)

Luncheon Address: Dr. Dianna Wentzell, Connecticut Commissioner of Education




Breakout Sessions III: ELEVATE

#11 Shifting Our Mindset About Professional Development: A Professional Growth Model Thriving on Educator Choice

#12 Mindful Meditation: Creating Space for Ourselves and for Our Students

#13 Teachers Leading Professional Learning

#14 Building Your Advocacy Mojo

#15 Shifting the Culture of Professional Learning through PDECs


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