Partner event

AASA 2020 National Conference


Aimee Ballans

Senior Program Consultant, New Teacher Center

Dr. Debra Pace

Superintendent of Schools, The School District of Osceola County, Florida

Mackenzie Bertram

Coordinator of New Teacher Induction, The School District of Osceola County, Florida


February 13-15, 2020


San Diego, CA

Join New Teacher Center adn The School District of Osceola County as we present at the 2020 AASA National Conference.

Conference Presentation: Building teacher leaders to combat educational inequities

The School District of Osceola County (SDOC) is one of the fastest growing districts in Florida. Yet, the families who live there face financial and housing struggles, working in a tourism-based economy. Teacher retention is historically low among high-needs schools, often leaving students with the greatest needs being taught by less qualifies teachers. Recognizing this impact on students, SDOC officials partnered with New Teacher Center (NTC) to identify strong teacher leaders to serve as mentors and accelerate the teaching practice of new teachers and increase retention. When we build teacher leaders who provide quality, strengths-based, instructional feedback, educators champion equity in their schools and classrooms by creating an equitable learning environment for their diverse student learners. Through its work with NTC, SDOC mentors learn to create Optimal Learning Environments that balance academic standards and the social and emotional needs of both teachers and students.

Presentation Time: Thursday, February 13, 2020, from 10:15 – 11:15 am

Location: Room 6B, and Section 1 at the San Diego Convention Center

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