2018 Empowered to Lead Sponsors and Vendors

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The Mohegan Tribe, a sovereign, federally recognized Indian Nation, is committed to developing an understanding of Native American culture and history by providing quality professional development for educators.





dalio_foundationBarbara Dalio leads the Dalio Foundation’s work to strengthen public education in Connecticut by partnering with educators, community leaders, and young people.  From collaborations with the Teacher of the Year Council to DonorsChoose.org to Fund for Teachers, the Dalio Foundation supports several organizations that champion public school educators across Connecticut


With a heritage of over 159 years, AXA understands the challenges in preparing for retirement and is committed to helping individuals through every stage of life. Whether beginning their career, changing jobs, or nearing retirement, our clients can count on us to help them reach their savings goals.

 Academy-for-Teachers_trademarkThe Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Academy for Teachers is the Connecticut Science Center’s high-impact professional development program for educators. Mandell Academy for Teachers programs transform classroom instruction, resulting in engaging learning experiences that lead to achievement for all students. The Connecticut Science Center is dedicated to inspiring lifelong learning through interactive and innovative experiences that explore our changing world through science. We strive to create an engaging and sustainable science center that serves families and schools and has a significant impact on student and adult learning in Connecticut. We seek to develop the minds of future thinkers and inventors who will compete in the ever-expanding global marketplace for technology and innovation. Visit our website to learn more about the Mandell Academy for Teachers.


fft-logoFund for Teachers awards summer fellowship grants to pre-K—12 grade teachers to pursue self-designed professional learning. Teachers decide what they want to learn and where they want to learn it. Their odysseys take them all over the world—as scientists, researchers, artists and agents of change—and they return to their classrooms with new ideas that transform student learning and achievement.


nbpts-logoEvery student deserves to be taught by an accomplished teacher. National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. Created by teachers, for teachers, the National Board Standards represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. Board certification is available in 25 certificate areas spanning 16 disciplines from Pre-K through 12th grade



The Quinnipiac University School of Education is committed to developing innovative leaders who will shape the future of education. The school has received national accreditation from CAEP and NCATE, and offers a variety of high quality programs both on-campus and online. On-campus programs include a Graduate MAT in Elementary or Secondary education and a Sixth-Year Diploma in Educational Leadership. In addition, online graduate programs are available in Teacher Leadership, Instructional Design, and Special Education. To learn more, visit QU.edu/education.


logo_yale_center_for_emotional_intelligence Emotions drive learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, and health. The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence uses the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society. The Center conducts research and teaches people of all ages how to develop their emotional intelligence. We do this work because the well-being and sustainability of our society depends on each of us using our emotions intelligently. Learn more at ei.yale.edu.

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Connecticut Educators Computer Association

CECA is a nonprofit organization of professionals who promote the effective use of technology throughout schools in Connecticut. It is also an Affiliate Member of ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education. CECA sponsors the only major statewide educational technology conference in Connecticut every fall and the only Technology Exposition at the Connecticut State Legislative Office Building in the spring. As teachers and business leaders who work in the field of educational technology, our vision is to support educators at every level and to transform teaching and learning so that all learners will develop their creative and intellectual potential through the integration of currently available tools and skills. It is our mission to develop a strong organization that is a catalyst for inspiring teaching and learning through our leadership in Connecticut and collaboration with other organizations in the United States and the global community. To learn more, visit our website at www.ceca-ct.org.

Mount Holyoke College Professional and Graduate Education

Mount Holyoke College has been on the forefront of providing a rigorous education to passionate changemakers who have gone on to break new ground in education, the sciences, the arts, and social justice movements for the past 181 years.  Our graduate programs offer professional development opportunities for both emerging and seasoned leaders.


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