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Imagine Schools Leadership Summit 2023

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Tuesday, January 24
 

7:00am MST

Breakfast and Registration
Tuesday January 24, 2023 7:00am - 8:00am MST
Starlight Room

8:00am MST

Welcome by Emcees – Steve Sarmento and Jill Dinges
Session Leaders
avatar for Jill  Dinges

Jill Dinges

Primary Years Programme Director at Imagine Lone Star Language Academy, Imagine Lone Star Language Academy
Jill has over a decade of experience implementing the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. She was a founding Grade 4 teacher at the Imagine International Academy of North Texas, where she was named Teacher of the Year twice. After six years with Imagine, she helped... Read More →
avatar for Steve Sarmento

Steve Sarmento

Regional Director, Southwest Group Region
Steve Sarmento has been innovating education in Arizona for over 20 years at multiple levels: in his own classroom, as a leader at charter management and support organizations, and shaping charter school policy at the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools.In his career he has continuously... Read More →


Tuesday January 24, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
General Session Room

8:45am MST

CEOs Opening Remarks
Session Leaders
avatar for Jason Bryant

Jason Bryant

CEO and President, Imagine Schools
Jason Bryant joined Imagine Schools in 2005, where he has put his extensive set of people and professional skills to use within Imagine Schools. He served as Development Director, Regional Director, Interim Principal and Executive Vice President of Operations before being named by... Read More →
avatar for Barry Sharp

Barry Sharp

CEO and President, Imagine Schools
As CFO of Imagine Schools, Barry has used his financial and operational acumen in overseeing school financial reporting and audits, corporate and real estate financing, treasury, income taxes, national office IT, and other operational responsibilities. The Board of Imagine Schools... Read More →


Tuesday January 24, 2023 8:45am - 9:20am MST
General Session Room

9:20am MST

Deliberate Optimism: Finding the Joy in Leading
Are you working harder and enjoying it less? This presentation offers you pragmatic steps to build and maintain your resiliency in today’s fluctuating world of education. Dr. Debbie Silver is one of the most sought-after professional development presenters in education. Audiences everywhere respond to Debbie's use of humor, candor, and common sense. Her insights into human behavior are as undeniable as they are funny. Based on her research for her co-authored best-selling books, Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education (2015) and Deliberate Optimism: Still Reclaiming the Joy in Education (2023), Debbie helps leaders examine how they can maintain a positive sense of self by employing proactive principles of working and living.

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned educational leader, this session will offer you inspiration for reclaiming your joy in what you do. Join Dr. Debbie Silver for an eye-opening session that will provide food for thought along with plenty of humor to make the journey fun.

Session Leaders
avatar for Dr. Debbie Silver

Dr. Debbie Silver

Dr. Debbie Silver has dedicated her life to understanding learning and growth behavior and has become a world-renowned speaker. She is a 30-year veteran educator and has taught almost every grade and every kind of student along the way. Debbie’s best-selling books include Fall Down... Read More →



Tuesday January 24, 2023 9:20am - 10:45am MST
General Session Room

10:45am MST

Break
Tuesday January 24, 2023 10:45am - 11:00am MST
Transition to next session

11:00am MST

Connecting with Parents
Limited Capacity filling up

How do leaders foster healthy relationships between parents and teachers? Rather than emphasizing the need to communicate with parents, perhaps the more essential goal is first to connect with parents and caretakers. In this presentation Dr. Debbie Silver offers proven procedures and basic sensible methods for engaging parents at every level.  As she explains the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, Debbie explores the perspectives of both educators and parents. The importance of professionalism, positive interaction, and compassion are emphasized and modeled.

Session Leaders
avatar for Dr. Debbie Silver

Dr. Debbie Silver

Dr. Debbie Silver has dedicated her life to understanding learning and growth behavior and has become a world-renowned speaker. She is a 30-year veteran educator and has taught almost every grade and every kind of student along the way. Debbie’s best-selling books include Fall Down... Read More →



Tuesday January 24, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm MST
General Session Room

11:00am MST

Trekking through the Science of Reading
Limited Capacity filling up

Are your teachers asking you questions about why foundational skills are in the spotlight in relation to the Science of Reading? Are you struggling for answers? Learn more about the connection between foundational skills and the Science of Reading including helping your teachers find a good diagnostic assessment and understanding best practices for teaching reading.

Session Leaders
avatar for Dr.  Michelle Hosp

Dr. Michelle Hosp

Renaissance Learning
Michelle Hosp, PhD, has over 25 years of experience working in education. She has worked directly with students, educators, families, and researchers as a school psychologist, professor, and Director of the Iowa Reading Research Center. In addition to her work at Renaissance, she... Read More →


Tuesday January 24, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm MST
Breakout Room A

12:00pm MST

Lunch
Tuesday January 24, 2023 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST
Starlight Room

1:00pm MST

Connecting with Parents
Limited Capacity filling up

How do leaders foster healthy relationships between parents and teachers? Rather than emphasizing the need to communicate with parents, perhaps the more essential goal is first to connect with parents and caretakers. In this presentation Dr. Debbie Silver offers proven procedures and basic sensible methods for engaging parents at every level.  As she explains the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, Debbie explores the perspectives of both educators and parents. The importance of professionalism, positive interaction, and compassion are emphasized and modeled.

Session Leaders
avatar for Dr. Debbie Silver

Dr. Debbie Silver

Dr. Debbie Silver has dedicated her life to understanding learning and growth behavior and has become a world-renowned speaker. She is a 30-year veteran educator and has taught almost every grade and every kind of student along the way. Debbie’s best-selling books include Fall Down... Read More →



Tuesday January 24, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
General Session Room

1:00pm MST

Trekking through the Science of Reading
Limited Capacity full

Are your teachers asking you questions about why foundational skills are in the spotlight in relation to the Science of Reading? Are you struggling for answers? Learn more about the connection between foundational skills and the Science of Reading including helping your teachers find a good diagnostic assessment and understanding best practices for teaching reading.

Session Leaders
avatar for Dr.  Michelle Hosp

Dr. Michelle Hosp

Renaissance Learning
Michelle Hosp, PhD, has over 25 years of experience working in education. She has worked directly with students, educators, families, and researchers as a school psychologist, professor, and Director of the Iowa Reading Research Center. In addition to her work at Renaissance, she... Read More →


Tuesday January 24, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Breakout Room A

2:00pm MST

Break
Tuesday January 24, 2023 2:00pm - 2:10pm MST
Transition to next session

2:10pm MST

Moving from Judgment to Joy: Partnering For Educator Growth and Development
Limited Capacity filling up

Does the arrival of formal evaluations/reviews make you do the proverbial ‘eye roll’? Do your educators view this process with dread? Are you still observing the dog-and-pony show twice a year? How does mentorship look from your vantage point as an evaluator and as an evaluate?
 If you would like to evolve your system to a more collaborative and joyful alliance, join your colleagues in attending a session on Moving from Judgement to Joy: Partnering For Educator Growth & Development.

Session Leaders
avatar for Clara  Thigpen

Clara Thigpen

Regional Academic Director, Southwest Group Region
Clara Thigpen has been an educator for twenty-six years. She has served as a general, gifted, and special education teacher, data coach, assistant principal, principal, and now a regional academic director for Imagine SW Schools.Clara loves to inspire others to seek their life purpose... Read More →
avatar for Jacqulyne Hardiesty

Jacqulyne Hardiesty

Regional Academic Director, Southwest Group Region
Jacqulyne Hardiesty has been a dedicated educator for more than 20 years. Prior to joining the Imagine Schools family, Jacqulyne has served as a teacher, instructional coach, principal, STEM director and professional development facilitator.Jacqulyne has earned a Bachelor’s degree... Read More →


Tuesday January 24, 2023 2:10pm - 2:50pm MST
Breakout Room B

2:10pm MST

Shaking up Beliefs and Practices through the Science of Reading
Limited Capacity full

Where is your school in its hike to bring instruction in line with the decades of research on how children learn to read? Do you feel like the demands to change will require a seismic shift in how your teachers teach and a complete rethinking of their best practices and beliefs? In this session, you will interact with colleagues taking on a similar journey using the Imagine Schools Literacy Position Paper as your road map.​https://inside.imagineschools.com/share/s/ANTrj7H9TCSR-1IFGJht0Q​​​

Session Leaders
avatar for Karen Gayle

Karen Gayle

National Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Imagine Schools
Karen’s 45 year teaching career includes classrooms in rural Virginia, small town Wisconsin, and inner-city and suburban Miami. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Psychology from Mary Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from... Read More →
avatar for Sherilyn Williams

Sherilyn Williams

Principal of Imagine Foundations at Leeland Public Charter School, Imagine Foundations at Leeland
I love to inspire and encourage Imagine Scholars to be the best they can be in and out of the classroom! I have served as a dedicated educator for over 20 yearswith an uncompromising belief that all students can learn, given a positive learning environment, strong and knowledgeable... Read More →
avatar for Helen Ritchey

Helen Ritchey

Regional Academic and Assessment Director, Imagine Schools Southwest Region
Helen Ritchey Southwest Region – Texas – Regional Academic and Assessment DirectorHelen has been an educator for over 20 years teaching grades ranging from Pre-K to middle school math. She joined Imagine International Academy of North Texas in 2013 as a classroom teacher. She... Read More →
avatar for Cindi  Couch

Cindi Couch

Southwest Regional Academic Director, Southwest Group Region
avatar for Stephania Sherman

Stephania Sherman

Academic Director, Southeast Region
Dr. S has been with Imagine for 21 years as a kindergarten teacher, media specialist, seventh grade English language arts teacher, school site academic coach, assistant principal and regional academic director. Dr. S has a passion for coaching with high energy professional development... Read More →
avatar for Alison Brannack

Alison Brannack

Regional Academic Director, Imagine Schools Gulf Coast Florida
Alison is in her first year as the West Florida Region Academic Director. She has been a part of the Imagine family for the last thirteen years serving as both a classroom teacher and Instructional Coach at Imagine School at North Port’s Elementary Campus. She earned her Master’s... Read More →
avatar for Nadja Pardo

Nadja Pardo

National Director of Character Development, Imagine Schools
Nadja has been with Imagine Schools for 20 years. As a member of the NACT for the past 9 ½ years, she has led, inspired, and promoted national initiatives in character development, social-emotional learning, DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion), and relational practices (proactive... Read More →
avatar for Travis Miller

Travis Miller

Mid-Atlantic Group Academic Director, Mid-Atlantic Region
My name is G. Travis Miller, and I was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree from Howard University, a Master’s in Education from Coppin State University, and an MBA from the University of Baltimore. I worked for Baltimore City Public Schools for 24... Read More →
avatar for Heather Carrick

Heather Carrick

Heartland Group Academic Director
Heather Carrick is a Group Academic Director for the Imagine Heartland Group. She has been with Imagine Schools since 2008 and had served in various roles, including as a classroom teacher, Title 1 Coordinator and Assistant School Leader. Heather is passionate about supporting and... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Brown

Victoria Brown

South Florida Regional Academic Director, South Florida Region
Tori has been with Imagine Schools since 2001, as one of our teacher hired for Imagine Chancellor. She has served Imagine Chancellor as teacher, grade level chair, the character development leader and instruction coach. In 2020, she became the Regional Academic Director for our South... Read More →



Tuesday January 24, 2023 2:10pm - 2:50pm MST
Breakout Room C

2:10pm MST

What Coaches Wish their Principals Knew
Limited Capacity filling up

Principal support is the single most important thing that a campus can do to create the greatest impact of an instructional coach. Join this session, as one principal shares her journey from coach to principal and how it has helped her become a more effective instructional leader!

Session Leaders
avatar for Lauren Poirier

Lauren Poirier

Principal at Imagine Schools South Vero, Imagine School at South Vero
Lauren Poirier is a Vero Beach, Florida native. With over twenty years of experience in the field of education, she has held various roles in and outside of the classroom. Lauren has been with Imagine South Vero for 10 years and has served the school as academic coach, assistant principal... Read More →



Tuesday January 24, 2023 2:10pm - 2:50pm MST
Breakout Room A

2:10pm MST

Vendor Expo
Limited Capacity filling up

Explore New Frontiers at the Vendor Expo. Navigate through a path where you will encounter innovative, proven and thought provoking resources to help guide you through Joy @ Learning journey. Use your passport card to gather stickers as you visit and learn from each of the guides. Enter for a chance to win an experience for your campus. All stickers must be affixed to enter!!

Tuesday January 24, 2023 2:10pm - 2:50pm MST
Foyer

2:50pm MST

Break
Tuesday January 24, 2023 2:50pm - 3:00pm MST
Transition to next session

3:00pm MST

A Character Journey: From Compliance to Collaboration
Limited Capacity filling up

In our session, we will provide you an opportunity to reflect on your current character initiatives and why they were chosen. How did your team make that decision? What changes in your campus climate are you seeing?
Collaboration and reflection is the key to all successes.

Session Leaders
avatar for Melissa McManaway

Melissa McManaway

Principal of Imagine Schools at Woodbury and Klepinger, Imagine Klepinger
Melissa McManaway has been with Imagine since 2005.  She received her bachelor degree from Ohio University in Early Childhood Education.   She later earned her Master Degree at Ohio University in Educational Leadership.  She has been a servant leader at Imagine Klepinger since... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Fry

Elizabeth Fry

Principal of Imagine Columbus Primary Academy, Imagine Columbus Primary
Elizabeth Fry has been in education leadership for over 20 years, serving as Principal of Imagine Columbus Primary Academy since 2020.  Prior to leading ICPA she traveled the country as a trainer and consultant working with administrators and teachers to develop, implement and monitor... Read More →


Tuesday January 24, 2023 3:00pm - 3:40pm MST
Breakout Room B

3:00pm MST

Balancing Relationships with Stakeholders in Challenging Times
Limited Capacity filling up

Engage in an organic conversation to strengthen collaborative relationships with your stakeholders.
Using a fishbowl protocol, you will be able to share your experience and circumstances and gain insight from advice from your peers.

Session Leaders
avatar for Jose  Estrada

Jose Estrada

Principal at Imagine Schools Hemet, Imagine Riverside - Hemet
Jose L. Estrada, Principal at Imagine Schools Hemet in Hemet, California. Jose L. Estrada’s educational career began in 2003 when he started a tutoring program for children of farm workers in Pescadero, CA. Soon after, Jose started his classroom career as a high school Social Studies/Government... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Standley

Stephanie Standley

Principal at Imagine Chancellor, Imagine Chancellor
Stephanie Standley has been with Imagine Schools for over 10 years and is the Principal at Imagine-Chancellor in Boynton Beach, FL.  Throughout her 20 years in education, Stephanie has served as a classroom teacher, Academic Coach, Assistant Principal, and Adjunct Professor.  To... Read More →
avatar for Alison Brannack

Alison Brannack

Regional Academic Director, Imagine Schools Gulf Coast Florida
Alison is in her first year as the West Florida Region Academic Director. She has been a part of the Imagine family for the last thirteen years serving as both a classroom teacher and Instructional Coach at Imagine School at North Port’s Elementary Campus. She earned her Master’s... Read More →
avatar for Aleischa Coover

Aleischa Coover

Principal at Imagine Schools at North Port Lower, Imagine Schools West Florida Region
Aleischa Coover, Elementary Principal at Imagine School at North Port, has been with Imagine Schools for fourteen years, and has also served as an instructional coach and an assistant principal. Aleischa earned her BA in Education from Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio, where... Read More →


Tuesday January 24, 2023 3:00pm - 3:40pm MST
Breakout Room C

3:00pm MST

Data Dead End: Avoiding a Collaboration Collapse
Limited Capacity filling up

You have an upcoming data chat, each member on the data team brings a different perspective to the chat: Positive Patti (asset lens), Negative Nellie (deficit data), Data Diva (knows the numbers, all about the reports), Clueless Clark (I’m confused)
  
Learn how to build that collaborative team and use all the perspectives to enact change and delineate action items that hold every member accountable.

Session Leaders
avatar for Aimee Williams

Aimee Williams

Principal at Imagine Schools at Land O'Lakes, Imagine Schools Gulf Coast Region
Welcome to the 2023 Summit. My name is Aimee Williams and I have been an Imagine champion for kids for over 13 years. I started my career as a substitute teacher and have been blessed to be the Principal of Imagine School Land O' Lakes for the last 10 years. I am motivated by Imagine's... Read More →
avatar for Selenia Quinones

Selenia Quinones

Imagine Lakewood Ranch
Selenia Quiñones has been the School Principal at Imagine School at LWR since 2012. She has worked with Imagine Schools since 2005 where she started her adventure at Imagine South Lake. She has been in education for 23 years and has enjoyed her teaching experience with all grades... Read More →


Tuesday January 24, 2023 3:00pm - 3:40pm MST
Breakout Room A

3:00pm MST

Vendor Expo
Limited Capacity filling up

Explore New Frontiers at the Vendor Expo. Navigate through a path where you will encounter innovative, proven and thought provoking resources to help guide you through Joy @ Learning journey. Use your passport card to gather stickers as you visit and learn from each of the guides. Enter for a chance to win an experience for your campus. All stickers must be affixed to enter!!

Tuesday January 24, 2023 3:00pm - 3:40pm MST
Foyer

3:40pm MST

Break and Snack
Tuesday January 24, 2023 3:40pm - 3:50pm MST
Transition to next session

3:50pm MST

Thought Leader Theater: Adventure Guides
Limited Capacity full

Now Showing!
Follow the trail set forth in these short 10 minute trailers from these Adventure Guides:  Justin Baeder, Jane Kise, Kyle Pearce and Jon Orr, Dylan Wiliam, Dr. Paul White


Tuesday January 24, 2023 3:50pm - 4:30pm MST
Breakout Room C

3:50pm MST

Thought Leader Theater: Path Pavers
Limited Capacity filling up

Now Showing!
Follow the trail set forth in these short 10 minute trailers from these Thought Leaders in Education:  Linda Farrell, Houston Kraft, Bryan Goodwin, Jim Knight


Tuesday January 24, 2023 3:50pm - 4:30pm MST
Breakout Room B

3:50pm MST

Thought Leader Theater: Trailblazers
Limited Capacity filling up

Now Showing!
Follow the trail set forth in these short 10 minute trailers from these Trailblazing Educators:  Dr. Nancy Sulla, Natalie Wexler, Pam Harris, Dr. Will Moreland, Thomas Murray


Tuesday January 24, 2023 3:50pm - 4:30pm MST
Breakout Room A

3:50pm MST

Vendor Expo
Limited Capacity full

Explore New Frontiers at the Vendor Expo. Navigate through a path where you will encounter innovative, proven and thought provoking resources to help guide you through Joy @ Learning journey. Use your passport card to gather stickers as you visit and learn from each of the guides. Enter for a chance to win an experience for your campus. All stickers must be affixed to enter!!

Tuesday January 24, 2023 3:50pm - 4:30pm MST
Foyer

4:30pm MST

Day 1 Reflections around the Campfire
Summit Companion Field Notes
- Meet around the troop campfire site.
- Reflect personally on your day’s experiences.
- Compare notes with your buddy.
- Share stories around the fire.

Session Leaders
avatar for Shawn Toler

Shawn Toler

Executive Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Region
Shawn Toler has more than 15 years of experience in transforming and positively impacting the lives of children through education. Prior to joining Imagine Schools, Shawn served as an English teacher, Academic Facilitator, Adjunct Professor in Education, and Principal. He has served... Read More →


Tuesday January 24, 2023 4:30pm - 5:30pm MST
General Session Room

5:30pm MST

Dinner On your own
Tuesday January 24, 2023 5:30pm - 5:30pm MST
None
 
Wednesday, January 25
 

8:00am MST

Breakfast
Wednesday January 25, 2023 8:00am - 9:00am MST
Starlight Room

9:00am MST

Welcome by Emcees and Joyful Classroom Videos
Session Leaders
avatar for Jill  Dinges

Jill Dinges

Primary Years Programme Director at Imagine Lone Star Language Academy, Imagine Lone Star Language Academy
Jill has over a decade of experience implementing the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. She was a founding Grade 4 teacher at the Imagine International Academy of North Texas, where she was named Teacher of the Year twice. After six years with Imagine, she helped... Read More →
avatar for Steve Sarmento

Steve Sarmento

Regional Director, Southwest Group Region
Steve Sarmento has been innovating education in Arizona for over 20 years at multiple levels: in his own classroom, as a leader at charter management and support organizations, and shaping charter school policy at the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools.In his career he has continuously... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2023 9:00am - 9:45am MST
General Session Room

9:45am MST

Break
Wednesday January 25, 2023 9:45am - 10:00am MST
Transition to next session

10:00am MST

Adventures in Student Inquiry
Limited Capacity filling up

Using a round table format, attendees will experience three inquiry-based lessons designed to equip your teachers to plan lessons that engage students in active learning.

Session Leaders
avatar for Jill  Dinges

Jill Dinges

Primary Years Programme Director at Imagine Lone Star Language Academy, Imagine Lone Star Language Academy
Jill has over a decade of experience implementing the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. She was a founding Grade 4 teacher at the Imagine International Academy of North Texas, where she was named Teacher of the Year twice. After six years with Imagine, she helped... Read More →
avatar for Pamela Hinterscher

Pamela Hinterscher

Upper School Director at Imagine International Academy of North Texas, Imagine North Texas
Pam’s career as an educator began in 2008, when after 6 years as a stay at home parent, she decided to go back to school and get a teaching degree. In September 2009, she enrolled in college for a degree in English with a secondary education certification. She joined Imagine International... Read More →
avatar for Helen Ritchey

Helen Ritchey

Regional Academic and Assessment Director, Imagine Schools Southwest Region
Helen Ritchey Southwest Region – Texas – Regional Academic and Assessment DirectorHelen has been an educator for over 20 years teaching grades ranging from Pre-K to middle school math. She joined Imagine International Academy of North Texas in 2013 as a classroom teacher. She... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2023 10:00am - 11:30am MST
Breakout Room B

10:00am MST

The “We Do”: Increasing Rigor by Infusing Joy
Limited Capacity full

“Anyone?  Anyone?” sound familiar?   Absolutely not!   In this session, participants will engage in intentionally orchestrating instruction at the highest levels of rigor and cognitive engagement.

Session Leaders
avatar for Jacqulyne Hardiesty

Jacqulyne Hardiesty

Regional Academic Director, Southwest Group Region
Jacqulyne Hardiesty has been a dedicated educator for more than 20 years. Prior to joining the Imagine Schools family, Jacqulyne has served as a teacher, instructional coach, principal, STEM director and professional development facilitator.Jacqulyne has earned a Bachelor’s degree... Read More →
avatar for Clara  Thigpen

Clara Thigpen

Regional Academic Director, Southwest Group Region
Clara Thigpen has been an educator for twenty-six years. She has served as a general, gifted, and special education teacher, data coach, assistant principal, principal, and now a regional academic director for Imagine SW Schools.Clara loves to inspire others to seek their life purpose... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2023 10:00am - 11:30am MST
Breakout Room A

11:30am MST

Lunch
Wednesday January 25, 2023 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Starlight Room

12:30pm MST

Cultivating a Thinking Classroom
Limited Capacity full


Join us to discuss ways leaders can encourage thinking and reasoning in classrooms to engage students as critical thinkers. Discover ways leaders can consistently model, teach, reinforce, and expect thinking classrooms to be a daily part of every classroom on campus. Leaders set expectations for teachers to explicitly teach thinking routines by planning them in lessons and embedding them into the school culture.

Cultivating thinking classrooms at your school will prioritize every aspect of math and English language arts instruction.
You will see the long-term results, not just in academics, but in behavior and responsibility all around the school.


Session Leaders
avatar for Lisa O’Grady

Lisa O’Grady

Regional Director, Southeast Region
Lisa O’GradyLisa O’Grady is a Regional Director for the Southeast Group. She joined the Imagine Schools’ family 19 years ago as a first grade teacher. Lisa’s number one leadership goal is fostering an environment where educators take risks, innovate, and are given a safe space... Read More →
avatar for Stephania Sherman

Stephania Sherman

Academic Director, Southeast Region
Dr. S has been with Imagine for 21 years as a kindergarten teacher, media specialist, seventh grade English language arts teacher, school site academic coach, assistant principal and regional academic director. Dr. S has a passion for coaching with high energy professional development... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2023 12:30pm - 2:00pm MST
Breakout Room C

12:30pm MST

Empowering Students to Own their Learning
Limited Capacity filling up

How might we empower students to identify and share evidence of their learning over time? Explore the ideas of self-assessment, reflection, and presentation.
Learn how students can make their learning public through portfolios, student led conferences, and presentations.

Session Leaders
avatar for Julia  Brady

Julia Brady

Regional Director, Southwest Group Region
Dr. Julia Brady: Julia joined Imagine Schools in 2007 and works with the Southwest Group as Regional Director of Texas, overseeing Imagine International Academy of North Texas (K-12) and Imagine Lone Star Language Academy (K-5). She completed her undergraduate degrees at Brigham Young... Read More →
avatar for Holly  Baker

Holly Baker

Lower School Director at Imagine International Academy of North Texas, Imagine North Texas
Holly has over 20 years of experience working with K-5 students and staff in both public and private school settings. She has been at IIANT since before the school had walls, first as a founding teacher in Grade 2, then as the Primary Years Programme Coordinator, and now has served... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2023 12:30pm - 2:00pm MST
Breakout Room B

2:00pm MST

Break and Snack
Wednesday January 25, 2023 2:00pm - 2:15pm MST
Transition to next session

2:15pm MST

Collaborative Café Corners for Leaders
Limited Capacity filling up

Join your peers in rich discourse tackling the following problems of practice; 
  • Post Covid student behaviors
  • Mentoring new teachers – new to the profession.
  • Retention and recruitment of staff

Session Leaders
avatar for Clara  Thigpen

Clara Thigpen

Regional Academic Director, Southwest Group Region
Clara Thigpen has been an educator for twenty-six years. She has served as a general, gifted, and special education teacher, data coach, assistant principal, principal, and now a regional academic director for Imagine SW Schools.Clara loves to inspire others to seek their life purpose... Read More →
avatar for Jacqulyne Hardiesty

Jacqulyne Hardiesty

Regional Academic Director, Southwest Group Region
Jacqulyne Hardiesty has been a dedicated educator for more than 20 years. Prior to joining the Imagine Schools family, Jacqulyne has served as a teacher, instructional coach, principal, STEM director and professional development facilitator.Jacqulyne has earned a Bachelor’s degree... Read More →
avatar for Erik Collins

Erik Collins

Principal, Imagine Schools Southwest Region, Imagine Coolidge Elementary
Erik Collins has been with Imagine Coolidge Elementary School for 10 years. He taught for 3 years prior to moving into various leadership roles at Imagine Coolidge. This is his second year as principal. He obtained his Masters from Grand Canyon University in 2018. Erik loves to hike... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen Graves

Kathleen Graves

Principal, Imagine Schools Southwest Region, Imagine Cortez Park
I am Kathleen Graves, proud Principal at Imagine Cortez Park. I have served in the field of education for over 20 years. I will always be a teacher at heart. The start of my career as an educator was unique and as a result I am committed to creating “Exceptional Educational Experiences... Read More →
avatar for Chris McComb

Chris McComb

Principal, Imagine Schools Southwest Region, Imagine Prep Surprise
Chris serves as the School Leader at Imagine Prep Surprise, one of only 4 high schools within the Imagine family. He has been serving the Imagine Schools community since 2005 and has worked at Imagine Cortez Park and Imagine Rosefield before helping to open Imagine Prep in 2008. This... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2023 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
Breakout Room A

2:15pm MST

Defining a Shared Purpose for Impactful Classroom Walk-throughs
Limited Capacity full

Classroom walkthroughs are one of the most critical actions done by a leadership team. How purposeful are yours?

When we enter the classrooms, what are we looking for so our teachers understand the purpose? Can they articulate your expectations? How do they receive feedback to promote growth? Are these expectations part of the School Excellence Plan (SEP)?
  
In this session, we will explore the importance of aligning look-fors to instructional priorities. Refine current practices for defining look-fors, conducting walkthroughs, and collecting data.

Session Leaders
avatar for Dr. Jennifer Fornes

Dr. Jennifer Fornes

Regional Director, Southeast Region / Imagine Kissimmee Charter
Jennifer Fornes is a Region Director for Imagine Schools Southeast Region and is also currently serving in the role as school principal at Imagine Kissimmee Charter Academy. She began working for Imagine Schools since 2000 has been part of the region team since 2006. She received... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2023 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
General Session Room

2:15pm MST

How to Thrive in ‘25
Limited Capacity filling up

Isn’t it great shopping on 5th Avenue? Don’t find yourself at the clearance rack at the bargain store. Be proactive in your planning before the ESSER money is gone. In this session, brainstorm some next steps with colleagues and run some simulations using budgets to be prepared for 2025.

Session Leaders
avatar for Jennifer  Keller

Jennifer Keller

Regional Director, CBUS region
Jennifer Keller - Regional Director for the Heartland RegionI have been with Imagine Schools for 17 years and in education for over 20 years. I have been fortunate enough to have served in many roles over the years, including being a kindergarten teacher, second grade teacher, programs... Read More →
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Arun Dutt

Imagine Bella
Arun earned his Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University. Arun joined Imagine Schools in 2010. His educational experiences have afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of people to meet the common goal of increasing student... Read More →



Wednesday January 25, 2023 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
Breakout Room C

2:15pm MST

What….. Customer Service in Schools?
Limited Capacity filling up

How do you get your campus to be the talk of the town, cream of crop, top of the heap?  By optimizing the interaction between your customers (parents, students, and teachers) and your campus – that’s how.  This session will provide participants with tricks of the trade to create a culture whereby both teachers and families alike will want to attend your school.

Session Leaders
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Susan Onori

Regional Director, South Florida Region
I have been a life-long educator for the past 35 years as a teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal and Regional Director. For the past 22 years I have worked for Imagine Schools and love it!!!I have been married for 40 years, have 2 daughters and 4 Grandchildren. I am also an animal... Read More →
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Stephanie Standley

Principal at Imagine Chancellor, Imagine Chancellor
Stephanie Standley has been with Imagine Schools for over 10 years and is the Principal at Imagine-Chancellor in Boynton Beach, FL.  Throughout her 20 years in education, Stephanie has served as a classroom teacher, Academic Coach, Assistant Principal, and Adjunct Professor.  To... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2023 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
Breakout Room B

3:15pm MST

Break
Wednesday January 25, 2023 3:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Transition to next session

3:30pm MST

Day 2 Reflections around the Campfire
Summit Companion Field Notes
- Meet around the troop campfire site.
- Reflect personally on your day’s experiences.
- Compare notes with your buddy.
- Share stories around the fire.

Session Leaders
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Shawn Toler

Executive Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Region
Shawn Toler has more than 15 years of experience in transforming and positively impacting the lives of children through education. Prior to joining Imagine Schools, Shawn served as an English teacher, Academic Facilitator, Adjunct Professor in Education, and Principal. He has served... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2023 3:30pm - 4:30pm MST
General Session Room

4:30pm MST

Dinner On your own
Wednesday January 25, 2023 4:30pm - 4:30pm MST
None
 
Thursday, January 26
 

7:00am MST

Breakfast
Thursday January 26, 2023 7:00am - 8:00am MST
Starlight Room

8:00am MST

Welcome by Emcees – Steve Sarmento and Jill Dinges
Session Leaders
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Jill Dinges

Primary Years Programme Director at Imagine Lone Star Language Academy, Imagine Lone Star Language Academy
Jill has over a decade of experience implementing the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. She was a founding Grade 4 teacher at the Imagine International Academy of North Texas, where she was named Teacher of the Year twice. After six years with Imagine, she helped... Read More →
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Steve Sarmento

Regional Director, Southwest Group Region
Steve Sarmento has been innovating education in Arizona for over 20 years at multiple levels: in his own classroom, as a leader at charter management and support organizations, and shaping charter school policy at the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools.In his career he has continuously... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2023 8:00am - 8:15am MST
General Session Room

8:15am MST

Pathways to the Summit: A Survival Guide - EVPs talk about Leadership
Hear from our EVPs on their leadership practices. They also will be sharing survival tips about key traits that strong leaders possess.

Session Leaders
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Jason Bryant

CEO and President, Imagine Schools
Jason Bryant joined Imagine Schools in 2005, where he has put his extensive set of people and professional skills to use within Imagine Schools. He served as Development Director, Regional Director, Interim Principal and Executive Vice President of Operations before being named by... Read More →
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Amy Buttke

Executive Vice President, Heartland Region
Amy currently serves as an Executive Vice President for Imagine Schools in the Midwestern United States. She joined Imagine Schools in 2006 and has served more than 15 years as an educator and administrator. Her experience began as a kindergarten teacher with increasing responsibilities... Read More →
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Monte Lange

Executive Vice President, Southwest Group Region
Monte currently serves as an Executive Vice President for Imagine Schools in the southwestern United States. He joined Imagine Schools in 2004 and has served more than 25 years as an educator and administrator. He began as an elementary and special education teacher with increasing... Read More →
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Rod Sasse

Executive Vice President, South Florida & Gulf Coast Region
Rod Sasse has over fifty years of experience in education, starting as an English teacher in Kentucky before moving to Florida. Rod joined the Imagine family in 2000 and accepted the challenge to serve as the Executive Vice President for West and South Florida Regions, which is home... Read More →
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Diane Thorne

Executive Vice President, Southeast Region Imagine
Diane Thorne joined the Imagine Schools organization in 2004 and currently serves as Executive Vice President with the Southeast Group. Her passion for education has been a life-long drive for personal growth with a Masters in Educational Leadership as well as a Masters in Business... Read More →
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Shawn Toler

Executive Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Region
Shawn Toler has more than 15 years of experience in transforming and positively impacting the lives of children through education. Prior to joining Imagine Schools, Shawn served as an English teacher, Academic Facilitator, Adjunct Professor in Education, and Principal. He has served... Read More →
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Brad Uchacz

Executive Vice President, Southwest Group Region
Brad Uchacz joined Imagine Schools in 2008. During his time at Imagine, he has served in the roles of assistant principal, principal, and regional director.He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2023 8:15am - 9:15am MST
General Sesssion Room

9:15am MST

Break
Thursday January 26, 2023 9:15am - 9:30am MST
Transition to next session

9:30am MST

Principals Group B
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Leaders
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Jason Bryant

CEO and President, Imagine Schools
Jason Bryant joined Imagine Schools in 2005, where he has put his extensive set of people and professional skills to use within Imagine Schools. He served as Development Director, Regional Director, Interim Principal and Executive Vice President of Operations before being named by... Read More →
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Edward Hayes

Deputy General Counsel, Imagine Schools
Ed Hayes has been part of the Imagine Schools family since 2008, when he joined the legal team in Arlington, VA. Prior to Imagine Schools, Ed held positions as Counsel to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, general counsel at Voxiva, Inc., and as a partner at Baker & Hostetler... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2023 9:30am - 10:00am MST
General Session Room

9:30am MST

Principals Group A
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Leaders
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Jason Bryant

CEO and President, Imagine Schools
Jason Bryant joined Imagine Schools in 2005, where he has put his extensive set of people and professional skills to use within Imagine Schools. He served as Development Director, Regional Director, Interim Principal and Executive Vice President of Operations before being named by... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2023 9:30am - 10:00am MST
General Session Room

9:30am MST

High School Principals Cadre
Limited Capacity full

Session Leaders
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Julia Brady

Regional Director, Southwest Group Region
Dr. Julia Brady: Julia joined Imagine Schools in 2007 and works with the Southwest Group as Regional Director of Texas, overseeing Imagine International Academy of North Texas (K-12) and Imagine Lone Star Language Academy (K-5). She completed her undergraduate degrees at Brigham Young... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2023 9:30am - 10:30am MST
Breakout Room B

9:30am MST

National Academic and Character Team and National Academic Council Cadre
Limited Capacity full

Session Leaders
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Karen Gayle

National Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Imagine Schools
Karen’s 45 year teaching career includes classrooms in rural Virginia, small town Wisconsin, and inner-city and suburban Miami. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Psychology from Mary Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2023 9:30am - 10:30am MST
Breakout Room C

9:30am MST

Regional Directors Cadre
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Leaders
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Lisa O’Grady

Regional Director, Southeast Region
Lisa O’GradyLisa O’Grady is a Regional Director for the Southeast Group. She joined the Imagine Schools’ family 19 years ago as a first grade teacher. Lisa’s number one leadership goal is fostering an environment where educators take risks, innovate, and are given a safe space... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2023 9:30am - 10:30am MST
Breakout Room A

10:00am MST

Principal Group A
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Leaders
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Jason Bryant

CEO and President, Imagine Schools
Jason Bryant joined Imagine Schools in 2005, where he has put his extensive set of people and professional skills to use within Imagine Schools. He served as Development Director, Regional Director, Interim Principal and Executive Vice President of Operations before being named by... Read More →
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Edward Hayes

Deputy General Counsel, Imagine Schools
Ed Hayes has been part of the Imagine Schools family since 2008, when he joined the legal team in Arlington, VA. Prior to Imagine Schools, Ed held positions as Counsel to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, general counsel at Voxiva, Inc., and as a partner at Baker & Hostetler... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2023 10:00am - 10:30am MST
General Session Room

10:00am MST

Principal Group B
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Leaders
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Jason Bryant

CEO and President, Imagine Schools
Jason Bryant joined Imagine Schools in 2005, where he has put his extensive set of people and professional skills to use within Imagine Schools. He served as Development Director, Regional Director, Interim Principal and Executive Vice President of Operations before being named by... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2023 10:00am - 10:30am MST
General Session Room

10:30am MST

Break
Thursday January 26, 2023 10:30am - 10:45am MST
Transition to next session

10:45am MST

A Collaborative Expedition Culminating Activity
Thursday January 26, 2023 10:45am - 11:45am MST
General Session Room

11:45am MST

Closing Remarks
Session Leaders
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Jason Bryant

CEO and President, Imagine Schools
Jason Bryant joined Imagine Schools in 2005, where he has put his extensive set of people and professional skills to use within Imagine Schools. He served as Development Director, Regional Director, Interim Principal and Executive Vice President of Operations before being named by... Read More →
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Barry Sharp

CEO and President, Imagine Schools
As CFO of Imagine Schools, Barry has used his financial and operational acumen in overseeing school financial reporting and audits, corporate and real estate financing, treasury, income taxes, national office IT, and other operational responsibilities. The Board of Imagine Schools... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2023 11:45am - 12:00pm MST
General Session Room

12:00pm MST

Box Lunch
Thursday January 26, 2023 12:00pm - 12:00pm MST
Starlight Room
 
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