AAEE 2020 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE 

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Schedule of Events

Tuesday, October 27

All times are listed in Eastern Time

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

Welcome! Introduction of Keynote Speaker and Thank You to Our Sponsor

11:10 AM – 11:55 AM

Large Group Welcome/Opening Keynote Speaker, Michael Moore

  • The Moral Imperative of Grow-Your-Own Approaches
    Grow Your Own programs are typically created to improve diversity and educator retention. By recasting GYO programs as racial justice initiatives, districts will enhance the cultural competence of their workforce, improve culturally relevant instruction and strengthen connections to the community. In this provocative session we'll use design-thinking principles to consider the peril and promise of seeing GYO as a moral imperative.

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Breakout Session 1

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Visit Our Sponsors and Exhibitors

12:45 PM - 1:00 PM

Have Some Fun With Fellow Attendees or Connect in Networking Nooks
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Virtual Lunch Tables for Education

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Take a Mental Break/Screen Break

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Breakout Session 2

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Have Some Fun With Fellow Attendees, Connect in Networking Nooks, or Visit Our Sponsors and Exhibitors

3:00 PM - 3:55 PM

"Give Me Five" Networking Event

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Breakout Session 3

4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Magic by Michael Stellman!

Wednesday, October 28

All times are listed in Eastern Time

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Breakout Session 4

11:50 PM - 12:45 PM

Networking: Regional Meetups

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Visit Our Sponsors and Exhibitors

12:45 PM - 1:00 PM

Have Some Fun With Fellow Attendees or Connect in Networking Nooks

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Virtual Lunch Tables for Education

Take a Mental Break/Screen Break

2:00 PM - 2:55 PM

Large Group Business Meeting and Award Presentation

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Breakout Session 5

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Have Some Fun With Fellow Attendees, Connect in Networking Nooks, or Visit Our Sponsors and Exhibitors
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Large Group: Keynote Speaker, Dr. Julian Vasquez-Heilig 

  • Telling our stories: Changing the narrative about teaching
    In his keynote, Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig will problematize the causes of teacher turnover and shortages. But the discussion won’t end there. Informed by actions at the University of Kentucky College of Education, he will discuss solutions to address these challenges including university collaborations with districts and nonprofits, purposefully fomenting diversity, using social media and marketing campaigns to change the narrative about teaching and rethinking the recruiting practices paradigm for a new generation of teachers.

Thursday, October 29

All times are listed in Eastern Time

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

Final Day Welcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker Panel

11:10 AM – 11:55 AM

Large Group Panel Discussion with Dr. Amy Lingo

  • Louisville Teacher Residency: A district/university partnership to create a more diverse teacher workforce
    This panel will describe the partnership between the University of Louisville and Jefferson County Public Schools in developing the Louisville Teacher Residency (LTR) program. A one-year, urban teacher-preparation program for individuals with limited to no teaching experience. At the end of the year, residents earn a Master’s of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree from the University of Louisville. Panelists will describe how the program empowers and prepares and culturally responsive teachers for all students.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

"Give Me Five More" Networking Event

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Visit Our Sponsors and Exhibitors

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Virtual Lunch Tables for Education

Take a Mental Break/Screen Break

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Breakout Session 6

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Have Some Fun With Fellow Attendees, Connect in Networking Nooks, or Visit Our Sponsors and Exhibitors

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Large Group: Student/Educator Candidate Panel Discussion Moderated by Dr. Jillian Ardley

  • Xavier Hendon, Instrumental Music-PK-12

  • Indigo-Sky Neal, Vocal Music, PK-12

  • Garrett O’Hara, Special Education, PK-12

  • Ronnie Rolka, Secondary History

  • Travis Sims, Early Childhood, PreK-1

  • Younica Wallace, Elementary Education

  • Jamia Watkins, Early Childhood, PreK-1

  • Starlet Windham, Vocal Music, PK-12

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks, Silent Auction Winners Announcement, and Some Extra Fun led by DJ ED!

Friday, October 30

All times are given in Eastern Time

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

Virtual Education Career Fair



*Please note all times and sessions are tentative and subject to change without notice. Check back for updates.


AAEE 2020 Keynote Speakers

Michael Moore

Michael Moore has 45 years of experience as a K-12 public school educator and has served as a teacher, a high school principal, and a superintendent of schools.

Before starting his coaching and consulting practice in 2011, Michael led the core program at New Leaders, Inc. as Chief Academic Officer. At the time, New Leaders was the largest urban principal preparation program in the nation training 120 leaders in 12 cities each year.

Michael supports states, districts, charter organizations and non-profits with projects that improve recruitment and selection, develop the educator workforce, and strengthen leadership effectiveness. As an executive coach, he works with senior leadership teams at a variety of for- and non-profit companies.

He is currently a partner at the Urban Schools Human Capital Academy, a consultant for the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education at UVA, and a regular contributor to the District Administration newsletter.

Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig

Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig leads nearly 3,000 students, staff and faculty as the Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Education. While at UK, the College of Education achieved its highest ever U.S. News national ranking, implemented successful enrollment and diversity initiatives and co-created strategic planning for COVID-19.  

His research and practice has been primarily focused on K-12 education curriculum, policy and leadership that impacts equity and innovation. A prolific scholar, in the last decade alone, he has authored nearly 50 publications. His background in K-12 education also includes working in the Houston Independent School District and serving as a 4th grade 21st Century Learning Program instructor in East Palo Alto, California.    

Dr. Vasquez Heilig has conveyed invited testimony in state and national legislative bodies and volunteered expertise and provided empirically-based input focused on community-based education reform for non-profits, foundations, legislators, educators and other education stakeholders in many states and countries. He has also served as a volunteer education policy advisor and provided input for presidential and gubernatorial campaigns.  

He has been honored with more than 30 teaching, research and service recognitions including Harvard’s Education Next top ten K-12 education policy voices in social media, Diversity in Education Magazine Multicultural Champion, and the passage of California Assembly Resolution 1459— which commended his state and national impact in the field of K-12 education.   

Dr. Vasquez Heilig received his Ph.D. in educational administration and policy analysis and a master’s degree in sociology from Stanford University. He also earned a master’s in higher education and a bachelor’s degree in history and psychology from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Amy Lingo

Dr. Amy Lingo came to the University of Louisville as an assistant professor in 2005 and rose through the faculty ranks to professor. She served as an assistant chair of the Department of Special Education from 2009 to 2015 and as special assistant to the dean from 2014 to 2015. 

When the College of Education and Human Development conducted a national search for the position of associate dean for academic affairs and unit effectiveness, Dr. Amy Lingo was selected from a large pool of candidates, and served in that role from 2015 to 2019. 

In March of 2019, Dr. Lingo was appointed as Interim Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, with unanimous support from department chairs within the College. She has more than 25 peer-reviewed articles, numerous conference presentations, and over $14 million dollars in grant funding as either a PI or co-PI.

Dr. Lingo has overseen a number of initiatives in the College during her appointment as Interim Dean, including the Louisville Teacher Residency, which seeks to place diverse teachers in underserved classrooms throughout Jefferson County. Dr. Lingo currently serves as president of the Kentucky Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, is a member of the “Help Us Grow” Foundation board, and devotes time to several professional organizations devoted to the improvement of education nationally.


Breakout Sessions for AAEE 2020

Linking Teacher Recruitment and Retention: Why You Can't Do One Without the Other

Today’s teaching candidates have more choice than ever on where they can teach—which in turn has made it increasingly more challenging to recruit (and retain) great educators. In this session, attendees will hear from districts from SC, IN, and DE and will unpack the reasons why recruitment and retention have become more difficult and learn how to create a year-round, multi-stakeholder, multi-channel, relationship-driven, and equity-driven recruitment and retention system to attract and keep new pools of high-quality teacher candidates. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect upon their own retention strategies that can be capitalized upon for their recruitment efforts.

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Attracting Underrepresented Students into P-12 Education Career Paths

If you are working in a college or university setting, come learn about a grow your own program provided by Towson University to assist in the recruitment of underrepresented students into careers in education. Hear about the planning processes, stakeholders involved, media outreach, and other factors that helped build the program. We will also discuss next steps, and hope to have a dialogue about your recruitment ideas, programs, or initiatives in order to learn from each other.

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Supporting & Retaining Principals in a Pandemic and Beyond

Retention of principals has always been a challenge and the COVID-19 crisis has only heightened this issue. When principals leave, teachers almost certainly will follow, disrupting the school and the quality of education for students. Participants will learn about the existing research behind the reasons why principals stay or leave their schools. We will be joined as well by principals to share the challenges they are currently facing and the ways that administrators can effectively support them. Participants will come away with clear strategies that they can take to their districts to make sure they support and retain their principals this year and when we return to brick-and-mortar schooling in the (not-so) distant future.

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Instructional Assistant Empowerment Series

Critical predictions of future teacher shortages across the nation have prompted school districts and teacher preparation programs to produce avenues, to identify recruitment plans, and to implement creative opportunities to address the teacher supply and demand. School districts experience regular shortages of teachers in high needs subject areas such as mathematics, science, special education, and bilingual education, especially in rural and urban areas. High teacher attrition rates from teachers leaving the profession, early retirements of veteran teachers, low teacher education enrollments, and college students not choosing the teaching profession due to low salaries and working conditions constitute reasons why the need for an increase in teachers is paramount. Paraprofessionals, also known as teacher assistants, represent an existing teacher recruitment source already present within schools. These talented individuals possess knowledge of instructional practices, cultural proficiency of students, and understand the needs of families and communities. This concern and possible solution led to the development of the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Instructional Assistant Empowerment Series. Stemming from former professional learning initiatives, an ongoing yearly plan of learning sessions, trainings, and an inaugural networking and learning conference were developed and executed by the WCPSS Office of Professional Learning and Human Resources. During our session, we propose to discuss the development and ongoing work to empower and further develop Instructional Assistants with hopes of furthering their work within their current or future roles within a school district.

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Do You Know Enough About Me to Teach Me?

It’s good to know the content. It’s great to know the pedagogy. It’s imperative to know our students. Dr. Peters has been a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of secondary education, and superintendent. His session highlights the importance of establishing positive relationships with All students and provides specific examples of how this work is developed and sustained. His three -step process of effective teaching and learning is at the core of his work and is being utilized in classrooms all over the nation. #CaptureInspireTeach

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Using Video-Based Recruitment and Selection Strategies to Acquire Talent During a Pandemic

Participants will learn how to infuse proven video-based strategies into their talent acquisition process to recruit, select, and retain a diverse body of high quality educators. Using the power and efficiency of asynchronous digital interviews and other video-based apps, school district recruiters will gain an understanding of effective and easy ways to increase your applicant pools and select the best candidates even during a global pandemic!

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Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on the Teaching Workforce

Addressing teacher shortages has been the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders focus for years. We recognize that forecasted and potential workforce trends given the pandemic may further exacerbate the lack of access to effective teachers in underserved communities. The pandemic and social unrest of 2020 will not reduce the number of students who need great teachers. In fact, the need for great teachers and leaders is now greater than ever, particularly for the students most affected by the crises at hand. This breakout session is designed to consider the short-term and long-term implications that COVID-19 will have on the educator workforce. Will will review key trends in the teacher workforce and consider potential impacts on the teaching profession. We will end with guiding principles for addressing changes in the teaching workforce.

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Equity and Teacher Attrition: Strategies to Better Understand and Address Teacher Needs

In response to the pandemic more teachers are leaving or considering leaving the classroom than ever before. However, even prior to the pandemic we knew that teachers of color are disproportionately affected by challenges that contribute to teacher attrition. What's yet to be seen is how the pandemic will impact teacher retention broadly and specifically for teachers of color. In this webinar, gain strategies to dig deeper into your data on teacher attrition to understand specific inequities so that you can more specifically address teacher needs.

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Innovative Strategies to Attract and Recruit Diverse Candidates

OCPS utilizes innovative strategies to showcase culture, accomplishments, leadership, and employees to recruit a diverse workforce that gives our school district the competitive edge. Through the use of effective marketing campaigns such as “Become a Hero”, increased collaboration with HBCUs, growth in overall touchpoints, building relationships, and developing internal pipelines of diversity are at the forefront of our recruiting initiatives. By attending this conference session our team will share with you multiple strategies to begin implementing to recruit as well as to retain a diverse, highly qualified instructional staff.

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How Can We Help? Supporting Student Fears and Our Own

During this stressful and scary time, when we have fears that we need to process ourselves, how are we supposed to support the mental health of our students? In this presentation we will discuss how to manage these feelings while supporting our students, their fears, and the unknown that we all face daily. There will be opportunities for everyone to share what works for them, as well as an opportunity to learn about a variety of resources that my network has found helpful. I am not a certified counselor, so this presentation comes from someone who is trying to support students and manage my own mental health during this time and is for people looking to do the same.

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Designing Standards Based Interview Protocols

How well does your interview process identify top educators for hire? To what extent do you consider indicators of future success before making job offers? Now is the time to refresh your interview process so that you are ready for the spring recruiting season! Participants of this session will learn how to design and implement a standards based interview protocol that consistently results in the identification of top teachers and principals. Examples of individual and group interview protocols will be shared for use in your organization. Anyone involved in hiring educators will leave this session thinking differently about how they recruit, screen and select candidates.

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Connections: Linking Future Educators to the District by Building Rapport

Are you looking for ways to build your candidate pool? Would you like to connect with education students at universities and community colleges before their senior year? Join us to learn about ‘round table’ virtual initiatives that draw education students from all levels and backgrounds to your district by showcasing different departments, forming valuable relationships, and sharing expertise from a wide variety of district employees.

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Bridging Recruitment & Retention: How Onboarding Teams Bring a Sense of Belonging to New Hires

Being new in a job can be one of the loneliest times in a new teacher’s life. Providing a personalized support lever, Onboarding Teams are teacher-led, school-based teams of three to five teachers who provide personalized connections for new hires—from the moment they are hired through their entire first year. Whether new hires are experienced teachers or coming into the profession for their first year, the teams provide a level of support that traditional induction or orientation programs may miss, including invitations to join others for meals, support on a variety of school resources, recommendations on housing, restaurants, and community activities, as well as just a listening ear. Based on the science of the impact of belonging and connection in the workplace, learn how districts in Delaware, South Carolina, and Texas have structured their school teams, what the work throughout the year looks like for teams, and what successes have teams and new hires experienced.

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Building New Pipelines: Leveraging Partnerships to Increase Teacher Diversity

In this interactive session, participants will learn how to create and evaluate the effectiveness of strategic partnerships between districts and higher education partners/other education organizations. Sharing data, examples of MOUs, and personal anecdotes, participants will learn how our school district forged new relationships and built new programs to increase the number of black and brown educators in our district. Serving as a community of practice for this work, we will provide information on the formation of the partnerships, the concurrent research informing our projects, our goals, strategies, most promising practices, lessons learned and success stories. Using a combination of evidence based best-practices for diverse teacher recruitment and a critical friends protocol, participants will work collaboratively identify barriers and opportunities to leverage partnerships in their respective districts and networks. Participants will get the opportunity to break out into subgroups based on contexts to discuss the nuanced challenges they are facing and overcoming.

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From Isolated to Empowered: How to Retain Your Teachers During the COVID-19 Crisis

Burnout isn't a buzzword anymore. It's real and it's backed by science. In this session, I'll talk about ways we can move past the stigma that surrounds burnout and how teachers and administrators can work together during the COVID-19 Crisis to improve the conversation surrounding burnout and therefore, improve the likelihood that each party will move and grow through the burnout in order to be happier and more fulfilled teachers - even in these times of crisis.

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Why Teacher Leadership Pathways Are Essential for Recruitment & Retention

Research has shown that teacher leadership plays not only an essential role in school improvement and student learning but also serves to attract and retain effective educators in schools and districts. In this session, hear from leaders in Colonial School District in Delaware as they share their journey on creating comprehensive teacher leadership pathways for both inside and outside the classroom and how these have positively impacted recruitment and retention. Participants will walk away with reflection questions to evaluate their own districts’ distributed leadership models as well as considerations for ways to embed teacher leadership in recruitment and retention efforts.

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From High School Diploma to Education Professional: Increasing the Representation of Black Male Educators by Closing the Financial Awareness Gap

This session highlights the importance of advisers across high school and university settings championing and educating students on key financial strategies that will provide a pathway to education degrees for black male students.

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Finding & Keeping the Best Teachers

Building a pool of qualified candidates is only the first step in starting your year fully staffed. Optimizing your hiring and induction practices will lead to a workforce that is successful and is committed to your school or district. In this session, we will learn how to improve teacher hiring and use that process to improve both induction and retention. Remember, every effective teacher you retain is a position you don't have to fill and that retention begins in the hiring process.

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New Chicago Study Proves Effectiveness of Synchronous Online Instruction"

The effectiveness of online classes has become one of the biggest questions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic closing the doors of schools across the U.S. With over a decade of experience teaching virtually and training teachers to take advantage of virtual teaching tools, Proximity Learning recently took part in a peer-reviewed study researching virtual education’s effectiveness. This study, recently published by Chicago State University, found that the average grade of a Proximity Learning student over six semesters was 80.34% out of 100%, higher than the national average admissions requirements of 72.5% for the average state university. Join them to learn more about how districts across the country can benefit from not just the convenience of virtual learning, but also the increased academic success. Q&A Session for last 20 min of presentation w/ panelist Liz Young: How virtual instruction has assisted panelist's school district.

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Recruiting in 2021: Virtual Recruitment Strategies for K-12 Talent Leaders

With many of our traditional in-person recruitment efforts limited, 2020 has brought many changes to our work as talent leaders, especially with how to best attract and hire teachers our students desperately need. Learn how district leaders are rethinking the way they recruit, including through virtual channels, such as coffee chats with breakout sessions through Zoom, Instagram and Twitter Live, email and social media campaigns, and more to connect with prospective candidates. Leaders will share practical best practices and lessons learned as well as how they are now including a wide group of stakeholders, such as teachers, principals, and community leaders, in their virtual recruitment efforts.

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Creative Recruitment Initiatives that Work

With a national decrease in education candidate pools, and increasing need for quality teachers, what are individual schools or districts to do? New, innovative ideas are needed to curb this downtrend by developing easily replicated recruitment strategies across the nation. Come learn what Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) utilizes as creative recruitment initiatives including a Para to Teacher Pipeline, #TeacherSigningDay, video interviewing initiatives and mobile recruiting that is gathering local attention and receiving encouraging results. Join this session and share your initiatives and ideas as a boost to creating an innovative recruitment plan that will be sure to attract, recruit and retain high quality candidates to your district.

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How One School District Created an Award-Winning Candidate Experience

This session will share the journey of a school district in their quest to improve their candidate experience culminating with the honor of winning a 2019 North American Candidate Experience (CandE) Award. Research and insight will be shared regarding benchmark research of a quality candidate experience along with district examples.

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It Takes a Village: Purdue University’s Collaborative Model for Teacher Education Preparation

Veronica Rahim and Cheryl Alcock of Purdue University’s Center for Career Opportunities embrace John Donne’s sentiment, “No man is an island.” Their collaborative approach to engaging Purdue University’s Teacher Education candidates, Teacher Education colleagues, and School Corporation constituents is a testament to this philosophy! This year’s AAEE Conference theme, “Making Connections Coast to Coast” aligns with their model of service delivery, collaborative engagement, and professional development in service to Purdue Teacher Education candidates. Participants who attend this session will be just that – participants! The facilitators will lay the foundation of sharing to engage a transfer of ideas among participants. Therefore, everyone will leave the interaction aware of how both the Purdue Career Center and various institutions build bridges with students, colleagues, and schools in honor of robust, Teacher Education preparation.

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