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Council of the Great City Schools Annual Fall Conference


Jodi Peters

Director, Strategic Partnerships

Laura Baker

Vice President, Strategic Program Implementation

Colleen Oliver

Vice President, School Leadership

Cindy Brunswick

Senior Vice President, Program Strategy & Delivery

Dawn Shephard

Program Director, Teaching, Empowering Leading, and Learning (TELL) Initiative

Lynn Kepp

Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships


October 18-22, 2017


Cleveland, Ohio

  • Session: Great Coaching: Developing Teacher, Mentors and Leaders for Urban Schools. Panel: Power of Collaboration – Creating an Aligned Support System for Teacher Development. Presented by Jodi Peters and Laura Baker. Thursday, October 19th from 9:15-10:30am. Room 7.
  • Session: Inner Strength: How Great City Schools are Developing District Staff to be Urban School Leaders. Panel: Systems Change Through Aligned School Leader and Teacher Development. Presented by Colleen Oliver. Thursday, October 19th from 10:45am-12:15pm. Room 6.
  • Session: Coaching Staff: Using Content Experts to Improve Urban Student Learning. Panel: Leveraging your Instructional Coaching Program for Greater Impact. Presented by Cindy Brunswick. Thursday, October 19th from 4:00-5:30pm. Room 7.
  • Session: TELL Us: The Urban District Experience with the Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning (TELL) Survey. Panel: The Power of TELLing It Like It Is – How to Use Working Conditions to Improve Student Learning Conditions. Presented by Dawn Shephard with Jefferson County Public Schools. Thursday, October 19th from 4:00-5:30pm.
  • Session: Innovative Approaches to New Teacher Preparation and Induction in the Great City Schools. Panel: Rethinking Teacher Induction to have an Impact on Student Achievement, Teacher Practice and Teacher Retention. Presented by Lynn Kepp. Friday, October 20th from 9:15-10:30am. Hope Ballroom A – 3rd Floor.
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Learning Forward


Colleen Oliver

Vice President, School Leadership

Adam Parrott-Sheffer

Senior Director, School Leadership


December 2-6, 2017


Orlando, Florida

Conference Presentation: Systems Change Through Aligned School Leader and Teacher Development 

Research shows that effective teachers and school leaders are the most critical in-school factors that impact student achievement. This session will identify strategies to position school leaders as strong instructional leaders and key drivers of overall teacher development, school transformation, and systems change. Participants will explore the impact of school leaders, instructional coaches, and mentors working together to provide consistent and persistent learning opportunities for all teachers.

Presentation Time: Monday, December 4 at 9:30 am

Location: TBD at Event

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Partner Event: 1440 Multiversity Education Conference: The Art and Science of Connecting Mind, Body, and Emotion for Student Success Conference


January 12-15, 2018


Multiversity Campus, 800 Bethany Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066

This event, The Art and Science of Connecting Mind, Body, and Emotions for Student Success will bring together teachers, mentors, coaches, school leaders, foundations, non-profits, researchers, and policymakers to explore the connections between our physical, emotional, and mental states, and the impact on motivation, learning, and overall success in school and life.

By understanding the inter-relatedness of mind, body, and emotions and preparing educators to support students with college, career, and life skills, we will reimagine the ways in which teaching and learning can impact students’ success and wellbeing over a lifetime.



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Lessons Learned from I3 Study – Implications for Districts

Explore how districts can learn from the latest U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) validation results. We will share more on the teacher-mentor program that lead to increased student learning and how districts can implement their own teacher mentor program, including:

NTC’s induction model is a gold-standard that few peer organizations can match. These results prove that NTC’s method of training exemplary teachers to mentor their newer colleagues increases student learning by making teachers more effective in the classroom.

Click Here To Watch The Webinar Online

Lessons Learned from Implementing an Instructional Coach Credentialing Program

During our interview with Dr. Bernadine E. Dorantes Supervisor, Coaching and Induction and Keith Calloway, Master Coach from Broward County Public Schools they discussed the lessons learned over 4 years of implementing an Instructional Coach Credentialing program at Broward County Public Schools.

New Teacher Center Regional Program Director, East, Mimi Appel shared how New Teacher Center partnered with Broward County Public Schools to support the development and certification of more than 300 Instructional Coaches.  


Implementing a Teacher Induction program in a Charter School Network

Dr. Frances Kellar, Director of New Teacher Support for Alliance College-Ready Public Schools; Ashley Dester, AP Literature Teacher/Instructional Coach; and Dr. Laura Hernandez-Flores, New Teacher Center Regional Program Director West shared insights and impact of 3 years of a teacher induction program in a Los Angeles charter school network of more than 26 schools annually supporting 525 new teachers.

The webinar also included a discussion of opportunities and challenges supporting those newest to the teaching profession.