Symposium 2019: February 10-12, 2019

Registration is now open!

Join us February 10 – 12, 2019 at The Sheraton Dallas for our 21st Annual Symposium. Registration is now open – register early to save up to $150 on your registration fee.

For a downloadable PDF with detail on Symposium 2019, visit HERE

Desmond Blackburn

Chief Executive Officer, New Teacher Center

Desmond is the Chief Executive Officer of New Teacher Center (NTC), a national non-profit organization dedicated to ending educational inequities for all students by accelerating the effectiveness of educators at all levels. Desmond took over the role of CEO this year, having previously served as Superintendent of Brevard Public Schools. Dr. Blackburn is a life-long educator. Prior to his appointment as Brevhard’s chief educational leader he served the citizens of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) as district trainer, director of school improvement, an area superintendent, and as the chief school performance & accountability officer. His first position in BCPS was an assignment to teach math at Plantation High School.

Ron Clark

Educator and Founder, Ron Clark Academy

Ron Clark is an American educator who has dedicated his career to serve disadvantaged students in rural North Carolina and New York City. Ron was named the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year for his dedication and unique approach to teaching high-needs students in Harlem. This unique teaching style is reflected in his New York Times Best Selling book, “The Essential 55,” which includes his 55 expectations of students as well as individuals–young and old.

In 2006, Ron Clark founded The Ron Clark Academy, an inner-city school serving students grades 5-8 from across metro Atlanta. The privately-funded institution is unique for its innovative teaching methods and curriculum based on worldwide travel. The Academy serves as a model for teachers and administrators from around who observe the innovative and “out-of-the-box” methods for achieving student success.

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Award-Winning Journalist, New York Times Magazine

Nikole Hannah-Jones covers racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, and has spend years chronicling the way official policy h as created–and maintains–racial segregation in housing and schools. Her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America offer a compelling case for greater equity. She has written extensively on the history of racism, school resegregation, and the disarray of hundreds of desegregation orders, as well as the decades-long failure of the federal government to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act. She is currently writing a book on school segregation called The Problem We All Live With. She was named a 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow and won a Peabody, a Pol, and in 2017, a National Magazine Award for her story on choosing a school for her daughter in a segregated city.

Andre Wicks

Andre Wicks is currently an assistant principal at Shadle Park High School in Spokane, Washington. He has experienced success at every stop in his professional journey–from teaching, coaching youth sports, and his role as a school administrator, to serving as Director of The ZONE project, a place-based collective impact initiative that he spearheaded for four years. Recipient of multiple awards for his leadership, community impact, and influence upon others, Andrew is dedicated to making the world a better place–one school, one classroom, one teacher, one student at a time.

Lybroan James

Lybroan James attended UCLA where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics/Economics and a Master of Education from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Having taught for fifteen years, Mr. James saw the inequities in educational opportunities which ignited his passion to support the most underserved, disenfranchised group in public schools–young students of color. Mr. James designs and presents curricula and trains teachers on how to effectively instruct students of color. His company STEMulate Learning addresses common core state standards (with an emphasis on STEM) and issues of equity, cultural competence, and student engagement.

Jennifer Abrams

Jennifer Abrams is a former high school English teacher and a new teacher coach, and a communications consultant for publications including: Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create, Community and Hard Conversations Unpacked – the Whos, Whens, and What Ifs. Her upcoming book, out in March 2018 is titled Deep End: 4 Leadership Skills for Educational Leaders, No Matter Your Role. Jennifer was named one of the “18 Women All K-12 Educations Should Know,” featured in the blog “Finding Common Ground” from Education Week. More about Jennifer’s work can be found at her website and she can also be found on Twitter @jenniferabrams.

Pete Hall

Pete Hall is a former principal and an award-winning author of six books, including Creating a Culture of Reflective Practice: Capacity-building for Schoolwide Success (ASCD, 2017). Pete holds a National Principal Mentor Certificate from the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and serves as a mentor for (NAESP) Peer Assisted Leadership Services (PALS) mentoring program. An independent consultant, he provides engaging and impactful professional development experiences to educators and professionals worldwide.


David Johns

David Johns is passionate about ensuring that children, youth, and young adults, thrive. His passion is informed by his experience as an elementary school educator. He is also known for his passion, public policy acumen, and fierce advocacy for youth. He is an enthusiast about equity–leveraging his time to address the needs of individuals and communities often neglected. In 2018, Johns was appointed as the first executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (Initiative) by President Barack H. Obama and served until the last day of the Obama Administration. On September 1, 2017, David Johns began his next life chapter as the executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)–a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS. He is also pursuing a PhD in sociology and education policy at Teachers College, Columbia University.



Space is limited so register early. Payment in full is required by December 19, 2018 to secure Early Bird discount rate.

Payment may be made by check, purchase order, or credit card. Make checks payable to New Teacher Center. Send completed form and payment to:

New Teacher Center
110 Cooper Street
Suite 500
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

phone: (831) 600-2290
fax: (831) 427-9017

Questions? Email or phone 831.600.2290.

Please send Purchase Orders and billing inquiries to

Symposium Only Fees

Registration includes, breakfasts, lunches, celebration reception, and access to mobile site. Payment received on or before December 19, 2018: $600 per person. After December 19, 2018: $750 per person

Pre-Conference & Symposium Fees

Registration includes breakfasts, lunches, celebration reception, and access to mobile site. Payment received on or before December 19, 2018: $800 per person. After December 19, 2018: $950 per person.

Receipt of payment, confirmation of sessions, and directions will be sent in January.

Registration fees are due in full and payment is required by February 8, 2019.

• Session Selections: Session placement is not guaranteed until payment is received in full. Session capacity is subject to change, and availability may not be guaranteed.

• Early Bird Discounted Registration: To secure your Early Bird Discount, registration payment must be received in full no later than December 19, 2018. Payment may be submitted online by credit card or by mailing a check to New Teacher Center by the payment deadline. Unpaid Early Bird registration fees after December 19, 2018 will result in forfeiture of discounted registration rates, and full registration rates and payment will be required.

• Purchase Orders: New Teacher Center will accept Purchase Orders to secure registration, however payment must be received no later than December 19, 2018 to retain Early Bird Discount rate.

• New Teacher Center Federal Tax ID: 26-2427526

• Credit Card Payments: Credit card payments may be processed online or by contacting New Teacher Center at 831.600.2273.

Cancellation Policy

• Written Notification of Cancellation: All cancellations must be submitted in writing and addressed to

• Cancellation Deadline: Cancellations received prior to January 18, 2019 are eligible for a full refund less a $100 per person administrative fee. No exceptions.

• Fees: A $100 administrative fee will be billed and collected for all unpaid and cancelled registrations received in writing prior to January 18, 2019. Registrants cancelling after January 19, 2018 and no-shows are liable for the full registration fee and payment will be collected.

• Refunds: All eligible refunds will be processed after the conclusion of the event. Cancellations received after January 18, 2019 will not be eligible for refund.

Hotel Information

Accommodations are available at the Dallas Sheraton at a special Symposium rate of $209 plus tax for single or double occupancy. Reservations at the $209 rate are available until January 14, 2019 or until our contracted room block is full, whichever occurs first. Reservations requested after this will be based on availability at the hotel’s prevailing rates. Make reservations online at or call (888) 627-8191 and indicate that you are with the New Teacher Center Symposium group. Visit for more information about the hotel.

Parking Information

The Dallas Sheraton offers self-parking and valet parking. Self-parking is $23 per day. Valet parking is up to $31 per day. The hotel also offers three complimentary electric car charging stations.


The Dallas Sheraton does not offer a complimentary shuttle from the local airports. The hotel is located 23 miles from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and eight miles from Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL). Estimated taxi fare from DFW is $55 one way and $30 from DAL one way. Contact Superior One Transportation,, for alternate transportation methods.

Uber and Lyft pick up at both DFW and DAL.

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