Iowa ASCD Curriculum Leadership Academy - 2013

Welcome to the Iowa ASCD Curriculum Leadership Academy

April 10-11, 2013

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April 10 Agenda for Iowa ASCD Curriculum Leadership Academy

8:00 -8:45


Enjoy coffee, juice and pastries

Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center

8:45 -9:00

"Welcome and Academy Purpose"   Jason Ellingson,President of Iowa ASCD                                                                  

Strand 1: Creating the Culture: How will systems change to create the culture required to meet the needs of all learners?

9:00 - 10:30






10:30 - 10:45 Break

Keynote: "Building an RtI Culture"


Troyce Fisher, SAI Co-Director Iowa Leadership Academy 2.0              


Troyce's keynote will address the human aspects of creating and sustaining an RtI culture.  Using ideas from Daniel Pink's latest work, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others, participants will develop a KASAB and a theory of action for successful implementation of RtI in their schools.  

10:45 - 11:45


Break-out sessions relating to the essential question.


Choose the one that best fits your needs.


"Changing the Culture: Examples from Iowa Schools"


Mike Kruger, elementary principal, Eagle Grove; Eric Christensen, elementary principal, Cedar Rapids; Autumn Pino, middle school principal, Cedar Rapids; Diane Campbell, director of secondary innovation and instruction, Muscatine; Rachel Hansen, high school teacher, Muscatine; Lori Porsch, director of curriculum and special education, Storm Lake


Changing culture of a school district or a school building so that the needs of all students can be met is indeed a challenge. Hear from this panel of Iowa educators about the steps they have taken to change culture.                                                                              

"The Why and How of Educating the Whole Child"


Clare Struck, field experience coordinator, University of Northern Iowa; Jan Kuhl, consultant, Teaching and Learning Services, Iowa Department of Education


This session will provide a research-based rationale for schools to make a commitment to the ASCD Whole Child initiative to ensure that ALL students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Specific examples of the five Whole Child tenets will be presented. Video illustrations will be shown and discussed.

11:45 - 1:00

Enjoy a buffet luncheon. A great time to network with others! The first recipient of the Iowa ASCD Whole Child Award will be announced as well as the results of the elections for President-Elect and Board Members-at-Large.

Strand 2: Creating a Strong Instructional Core:  What are the components of a strong instructional core? What does it look like?

1:00 - 2:15










2:15 - 2:30  


Keynote: "From "Knowing to Doing" - A System Approach to Strengthen The Instructional Core"


Ying Ying Chen, executive director of learning services; Brad Koch, teacher; Ernie Cox, teacher librarian; Laura Barden, teacher; Ryan Rydstrom, teacher; Laura Medberry, principal; Greg Leytem, principal; Erik Anderson, principal; College Community Schools


The research is clear about what educators should do to prepare students for 21st century thinking and learning.  The challenge is how to narrow the "knowing and doing gap" and make real school reform sustainable and scalable.  This session will show how a district aligns its goals, resources, leadership development and professional learning to strengthen its "Instructional Core".  Participants will not only gain concepts and knowledge about how to implement concept-based and problem-based learning but also benefit from ready-to-use models and tools that are transferable to school and/or district settings.

2:30 - 3:45






Break-out sessions relating to the essential question.


Choose the one that best fits your needs.

"All Students Belong to All of Us: Using RTI to Create a Culture of Support"  


Lizzie Zondo, at-risk teacher; Liz Ford, at-risk teacher; Korina Carlson, teacher; Tina Kvale, teacher' Ryan Slate, resource teacher; Melanie Wirtz, teacher; and students Dalton Adams, Conner Steffens, Annie Koopman, Bryanna Cox; Union High School


Teachers and students from Union High School in LaPorte City will share their experiences developing a system to help struggling learners over the past four years. Their involvement in the IRIS (Iowa's Rapidly Improving Schools) grant helped them to reflect, plan, and build a relationship/communication network for students who face challenges in our current educational system. Teachers use a team approach and work together to discuss student needs. Students are involved in problem solving and finding ways to succeed despite the challenges they face. Teachers will share practical strategies and students will share personal stories about how the RTI approach benefited them.

"Introducing Staff to the RtI Framework"


Tara Estep, elementary principal, Hansen Elementary; Jon Wiebers, Cedar Heights Elementary


From identifying the right team, to successful implementation, two building principals within the same school district will share their RtI journey. The session will include how to aide staff to buy-in through the development of a shared vision, provide tips and strategies for implementation of the model, and showcase how RtI and the PLC process is a formula for success. Presenters will touch on SMART goals, data analysis ideas and provide examples of intervention schedules and action plans. This session is geared toward elementary buildings who are just beginning the implementation process.

"Making a Difference: Our RtI Journey in Denison"


Christopher Schulz, elementary principal; Jayne Ricke, student services teacher; Tracy Beeck, counselor; Denison Elementary


Denison Elementary school is a learning community of 640 students and 45 teachers.  We have worked to create an RTI process that emphasizes high levels of communication, collaboration, and dedication of our staff to provide the best interventions for our students.  We will share our experiences and insight on how our RTI journey began, the challenges and successes we've had, and also where our RTI process is headed with the changes at the state and federal levels.   

4:00 - 6:00

Social hour:  Relax and join us for a wine and cheese social hour in the Garden Room.



April 11 Agenda for Iowa ASCD Curriculum Leadership Academy

8:00 - 8:30



Enjoy coffee, juice , fruit and pastries


Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center                         

Strand 2: Professional Development: How might professional development be planned to maximize learning?

8:30 - 10:00





10:00 - 10:15


"RtI Pyramid: Pathways for Professional Development"      


Becky Martin, professional development facilitator, Cedar Rapids Community School


Educators committed to high levels of Learning for All understand the importance of the framework for RtI. Teachers working in a collaborative culture and using data to inform their decisions examine instruction, assessment and support s for learning. This pedagogy allows for multiple entry points and pathways for professional learning. This keynote presentation explores the opportunities for staff on the path to Learning for All.

10:15 - 11:30





Break-out sessions relating to the essential question.  


Choose the one that best fits your needs.





"RtI and Job-Embedded Professional Development"


Dave Keane, senior high principal;  Lynnae Harvey, counselor, Fort Dodge Community School District


Presenters will discuss the development of a schedule which allows teachers an opportunity to engage in job embedded professional development for a part of the academic year. Presenters will also discuss the manner in which this time is structured, and the resources being used to increase staff understanding of RTI, and provide them input on developing a framework and processes for the future. A portion of the time will be spent answering questions and for other schools to share their professional development models.

"RtI: The Bronze Bullet"


Todd Martin, Morris elementary principal; Kathy Poetting, literacy leader; Judy Kinley, math leader; Traci Shipley, dean of students; Des Moines Community School District     


The Morris Elementary staff will provide insight to the RtI process stemming from their experiences spanning the past 4 years. This session will include information about the technical and cultural aspects of the change process. The technical side of the change spectrum will include discussions of resources including people, schedules, materials, job embedded PD time and processes, data teaming, balanced assessment framework, professional development focal points and the iterative cycles of RtI The cultural side of the change spectrum will include topics ranging from a unified approach to serving all learners, building leadership capacity, removing barriers/hurdles and celebrating success along the way.

"RtI: A Student Services Perspective"  


Candace Lynch, Paul Hayes, Student Services Facilitators; Cedar Rapids Community School District


What are the components necessary for creating a culture where RtI is embraced and implemented effectively? Moving from theory to process, Cedar Rapids Community School District Student Services Facilitators will describe how social, emotional, behavioral (SEB) learning, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) and Learning Supports are integrated into the RtI process through differentiated professional development delivery.

"Engaging Teachers in Deep Learning of the Iowa Core Literacy Standards"     


Kevin Vidergar, Director of Teaching and Learning; North Polk Community School District


Learn one strategy that is proving to be effective in engaging grade-level teams in learning more deeply about the Iowa Core literacy standards as well as developing their leadership skills. Kevin will share the rationale for the development of this approach, including a half day professional development structure, all of the agendas and resources being used using, how leaders are being developed, and how areas of student weakness are being addressed.  Next steps will be outlined, including a 'summer camp' that begins this June during which teams of teachers will develop units based on their scope and sequence, creating a larger team to develop a scope and sequence for reading, and supporting the literacy teachers as they lead the rest of the staff in learning ways to make the Iowa Core literacy standards apply across all content areas.

  • Participants also received a file folder of materials to download during the presentation. 

11:30 - 12:45

Luncheon Speaker:  Dave Tilly, Iowa Department of Education


Enjoy a buffet luncheon and learn the progress the Iowa Department of Education is making toward statewide implementation of RtI.

Strand 4: Using Data: How will data be used to ensure that the needs of all learners are met?

12:45 - 2:00


Break-out sessions relating to the essential question.  

Choose the one that best fits your needs.














2:00 - 2:15




"A Schoolwide Approach to RtI: Meeting the Needs of ALL Learners"   


Rosie Ellendson, K-6 reading coordinator; Kathy Arends, teacher; Janice Peterson, Teresa DeCoursey, Susan Kane, Title One teachers; Roxanne Kuhlman, lead literacy associate;  Maurita Aubrey, Prairie Lakes AEA; Duncombe Elementary, Fort Dodge Community School District


From data analysis to literature circles, learn how this building uses all members of the teaching community to provide interventions for struggling readers and enrichment for gifted learners. In this model, all students receive whole group and small group reading instruction on a daily basis as well as all of the components of balanced literacy. Presenters will share videos of instruction and teacher collaboration.

"Walls Aren't Just for Words Anymore: Using Data Walls to Implement RtI"                                                        


Susan Pecinovsky, associate superintendent; Kim Hurley, Jennifer August, Sabrina Russell, Erica Finders, literacy coaches; Marshalltown Community School District 


How do we create a seamless transition across school programs, curriculum approaches and assessment systems?  We begin with a "data wall" and a conversation.  Join us as we describe the first year of this journey!  We will share the celebrations, the challenges and the learnings as we continue to create an intellectual learning environment that makes literacy a top priority for the student.

"Layering Interventions: One District's Journey"  


Ann Mausbach, executive director for curriculum and assessment; Melissa Chalupnik, building principal and district literacy coach; Julie Smith, supervisor of elementary education; Council Bluffs Community School District


This presentation will share how one district has taken a systematic approach to intervention for all students who need support within a comprehensive literacy program. The district philosophy, along with the practical structures that are in place will be shared. Use of multiple assessments via data walls and collaborative practices that ensure students don't fall through the cracks will be discussed.


2:15 - 3:30


Break-out sessions relating to the essential question.  


Choose the one that best fits your needs.



                                                                                                                                                                             "RtI:  Displaying Data for Action"     


Karla Ries, facilitator, Cedar Rapids Community School District


Data dashboards are visual displays of data that track key information and provide entry points for action. Please join this session as Cedar Rapids staff focus on how to utilize a data dashboard that supports the RtI process. Suggestions will be given for creating and implementing a dashboard that can be used at the school level.

"Planting the Seeds for RtI"    


Kelly Schloss, principal; Jenny Adair, teacher; Amy McCord, teacher; Janna Bjork, teacher;  Shannon Cline, teacher; Perry Elementary, Perry Community School District 


Learn how the staff at Perry Elementary is going back to the beginning to develop a common understanding of Response to Intervention or Really Terrific Instruction. Perry Elementary has been listed as a School In Need of Assistance for 6 years in reading and 4 years in mathematics. Presenters will explain how they joined the SINA process and the RtI framework, as well as how views about the three tiers as they related to programs and services have been reshaped. If you are interested in starting RtI conversations with your colleagues and aren't really sure where to begin, this is the session for you!



"Developing Quality Professional Development: The New Standards"


Marietta Rives, Executive Director, and members of the board of Learning Forward Iowa  


How does the quality of your professional development measure up? Do you use data to drive planning? Representatives from the Board of Directors of Learning Forward will review the 7 professional development standards that have been recently developed. Each standard will be reviewed and tips for implementing the standards will be discussed.





Addtional Resources for RtI

  • RTI (Response to Intervention)
    • Instructional Decision Making (IDM) The Iowa Department of Education provides information regarding the essential elements of the IDM Process, print resources, participating schools, and links.
    • National Center on Response to intervention  This site provides information on Essential Components of RTI.
    • Parent Guides to Response to Intervention  The Meadows Center provides several resources to help parents understand the purpose of RTI.
    • Responding to RTI:  Early-reading expert Richard Allington believes response to intervention is "possibly our last, best hope" for achieving full literacy in the United States.
    • RTI Action Network Features of an RTI model need to be responsive to each school community, resulting in customized approaches that individual schools and districts use to institute and implement the essential components of RTI.
    • RTI and Classroom & Schoolwide Learning Supports:  A Guide for Teachers and Learning Supports Staff  This guide is designed to broaden perspectives of response to intervention and provide frameworks for contextualizing the work in the classroom, in the school, and generally enhance practices.
    • RtI and the Gifted:  Mary Schmidt, AEA 11 consultant for gifted education, shares her wiki based on her presentation at the Iowa ASCD Curriculum Leadership Academy.
    • RTI in the Middle School This site provides answers to frequently asked questions about RTI in the middle school 
    • RTI Primer for Parents The National Association for School Psychologists provides an RTI primer for parents.
    • Tools Charts The National Center on Response to Intervention has established a standard process to evaluate the scientific rigor of commercially available tools and interventions that can be used in an RTI context. The Center conducts annual reviews of tools and interventions in the following three domains:  Progress Monitoring, Screening, and Instructional Programs.
    • What Every School Leader Needs to Know about RTI  Margaret Searle, author of this book, shares a video addressing the role of the building leader in RTI.  
    • More Resources for RTI:  Check out the information shared at the Iowa ASCD Curriculum Leadership Academy on April 11-12, 2012.

A special thanks to Sue Wood, Iowa ASCD Events Chair for the Iowa ASCD Curriculum Leadership Academy.

And thanks for coming to the conference - learning and networking together is always fun and rewarding!