2020 Scholar Virtual Symposium

May 22, 2020 |

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The Charles Butt Scholarship virtual conference
Saturday, May 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The virtual conference will be an opportunity for Charles Butt Scholars to come together, learn, be inspired, and celebrate the teaching profession. Through thoughtful conversations and engaging content, Raise Your Hand Texas will share relevant learning for all Charles Butt Scholars and Scholar Alumni.

The theme of the virtual conference is 2020: Texans For All. Texas educators are uniquely positioned to shape our state and national identity around the most crucial issue of our time — quality public education for all kids. We plan to investigate and celebrate this important facet of teaching throughout the conference.

If you have not received registration information, please contact Raisingtxteachers@ryht.org.

Before the meeting

2020 PROGRAM AGENDA

Each session has a unique zoom link. All sessions require a password. You will receive the password upon completing registration.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Scholars login, Mariachi Band Performance
9:45 a.m.

Welcome & Keynote Speaker: Erika Carter
10 – 10:30 a.m.
Link to her story >

Views from the Field, A Conversation with First-Year Teachers
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Three Charles Butt Scholar Alumni will join us to discuss their first year in the classroom. They will share their success and challenges, as well as things they wish they knew before they began teaching. The panel will be moderated by Raise Your Hand’s Director of Policy, Bob Popinski.

Break and transition to next session
11:15 – 11:30 p.m.

Community Building Session
11:30 – 12:15 p.m.
Scholarship coordinators from each university will introduce new Scholars and facilitate a community-building activity.

Break for lunch
12:15 – 1:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions Round 1
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Zoom LinkSession TitleSession DescriptionSpeaker
LinkTeacher LeadershipSchool Transformation and Instructional Change are common topics in almost all school systems across the country. In this session we will discuss what “Teacher Leadership” is by definition and what it looks like for teachers, both on a campus and in a school district. We will discuss how teachers can impact positive systematic change and just how critical their leadership is to transforming education and improving instruction.Todd Schneider, M.ED.
LinkBeyond Parental InvolvementParental involvement has been highly valued in public schools but is it equitable? Do we recognize the value in all families and seek to partner with them equally? Are we seeking to involve parents or engage with them? Drawing from “Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family–School Partnerships”, a publication of SEDL in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, this session will help you build and enhance capacity of school staff and families so that families, regardless of their racial or ethnic identity, educational background, gender, disability, or socioeconomic status, are prepared to engage with schools with equity.JoLisa Hoover, M.Ed.
LinkClassroom Management in a School Building or VirtuallyComing from a diverse background of educator and educational leadership experience ranging from PreK-16, yet still remembering clearly those first day jitters, we will share tips and tricks on successfully managing a classroom wherever that may be.Keri Launius, Ed.D. & Wayne Morren
LinkWhat the Wolves can Teach us about Community (one time only)*Utilizing the "Wolves change rivers" video, we will discuss strategies and create tools to create a productive, inclusive classroom climate and culture.Christine Lowak
LinkWhat teachers of English learners can do to impact student growthParticipants will be able to learn instructional practices to make content comprehensible to English learners.Dr. Alicia J. Bolt
LinkLiving Stress Free in a Stressful Time"You must put on your mask before assisting the passenger next to you..." New and experienced teachers alike are prone to health issues and sickness. The combination of student germs and a demanding career compound this fact. This session will focus on Self-care solutions to support the health and wellness of YOU as a teacher. You will leave this session with practical tips and tools (apps, products, etc.) for making your Social Emotional Health a priority. A healthy classroom starts with a healthy YOU!Lakisha Culpepper
LinkGrassroots and the classroomIn this section, we brainstorm and develop ways to spiral civic engagement and advocacy into our daily campus lives.Matthew Hall
LinkRacial Equity 101In this session, we’ll learn how to sharpen our racial equity lens, acknowledge our own bias, and have conversations about race that will lead to equitable classrooms and systems for all.
LinkTexas Postsecondary ReadinessThe future of Texas depends on a majority of its residents getting some form of postsecondary credential. Why? Because it boosts our state’s know-how and resourcefulness and helps build a more productive workforce. Plus, a more educated workforce leads to innovation and expansion and more economic opportunities. This session will help you understand the important role you will play in helping Texas achieve its desired workforce and educational goals by 2030.Tomás Sigala Jr., Ed.D.
LinkAdvocacy 101What is Advocacy? Can teachers advocate? Should they? What does it look like? In this session, we will show you the most simple to the most sophisticated ways that teachers can advocate at the local, state, and federal levels. You will leave with a list of 50+ specific advocacy ideas to choose from.Missy Bender
LinkDiversity & Opportunity Through InclusionExplore the complexities of an increasingly diverse classroom and school environment. Teachers will learn and discuss how to embrace diversity and inclusion to enhance student outcomes.Tom Kelchner
LinkThe SPED High-Five: Five things to consider as a general education teacher serving students receiving special education services. We will discuss key elements of an IEP, collaboration strategies with the special education teacher, parental communication, and quick behavior tips.Dr. Melissa Fogarty

Break
1:45 – 2:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions Round 2
2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

How will it work?
Each breakout session will have a unique Zoom link. Join the session 5 – 10 minutes before a session is scheduled to begin. Some sessions will have a maximum number of participants. If there is a session you’d really like to attend, join early.

Zoom LinkSession TitleSession DescriptionSpeaker
LinkTeacher LeadershipSchool Transformation and Instructional Change are common topics in almost all school systems across the country. In this session we will discuss what “Teacher Leadership” is by definition and what it looks like for teachers, both on a campus and in a school district. We will discuss how teachers can impact positive systematic change and just how critical their leadership is to transforming education and improving instruction.Todd Schneider, M.ED.
LinkBeyond Parental InvolvementParental involvement has been highly valued in public schools but is it equitable? Do we recognize the value in all families and seek to partner with them equally? Are we seeking to involve parents or engage with them? Drawing from “Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family–School Partnerships”, a publication of SEDL in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, this session will help you build and enhance capacity of school staff and families so that families, regardless of their racial or ethnic identity, educational background, gender, disability, or socioeconomic status, are prepared to engage with schools with equity.JoLisa Hoover, M.Ed.
LinkClassroom Management in a School Building or VirtuallyComing from a diverse background of educator and educational leadership experience ranging from PreK-16, yet still remembering clearly those first day jitters, we will share tips and tricks on successfully managing a classroom wherever that may be.Keri Launius, Ed.D. & Wayne Morren
LinkWhat teachers of English learners can do to impact student growthParticipants will be able to learn instructional practices to make content comprehensible to English learners.Dr. Alicia J. Bolt
LinkLiving Stress Free in a Stressful Time"You must put on your mask before assisting the passenger next to you..." New and experienced teachers alike are prone to health issues and sickness. The combination of student germs and a demanding career compound this fact. This session will focus on Self-care solutions to support the health and wellness of YOU as a teacher. You will leave this session with practical tips and tools (apps, products, etc.) for making your Social Emotional Health a priority. A healthy classroom starts with a healthy YOU!Lakisha Culpepper
LinkGrassroots and the classroomIn this section, we brainstorm and develop ways to spiral civic engagement and advocacy into our daily campus lives.Matthew Hall
LinkRacial Equity 101In this session, we’ll learn how to sharpen our racial equity lens, acknowledge our own bias, and have conversations about race that will lead to equitable classrooms and systems for all.
LinkTexas Postsecondary ReadinessThe future of Texas depends on a majority of its residents getting some form of postsecondary credential. Why? Because it boosts our state’s know-how and resourcefulness and helps build a more productive workforce. Plus, a more educated workforce leads to innovation and expansion and more economic opportunities. This session will help you understand the important role you will play in helping Texas achieve its desired workforce and educational goals by 2030.Tomás Sigala Jr., Ed.D.
LinkAdvocacy 101What is Advocacy? Can teachers advocate? Should they? What does it look like? In this session, we will show you the most simple to the most sophisticated ways that teachers can advocate at the local, state, and federal levels. You will leave with a list of 50+ specific advocacy ideas to choose from.Missy Bender
LinkDiversity & Opportunity Through Inclusion Explore the complexities of an increasingly diverse classroom and school environment. Teachers will learn and discuss how to embrace diversity and inclusion to enhance student outcomes.Tom Kelchner
LinkThe SPED High-Five: Five things to consider as a general education teacher serving students receiving special education services. We will discuss key elements of an IEP, collaboration strategies with the special education teacher, parental communication, and quick behavior tips.Dr. Melissa Fogarty

Virtual Graduation Celebration & Closing
2:45 – 3:30 p.m.

Raise Your Hand Texas would like to honor all the 2020 graduates who are not joining the ranks of Charles Butt Scholar alumni. Dr. Shari Albright will deliver the closing commencement address and acknowledge each graduate. Graduates are encouraged to wear their Charles Butt Scholar regalia.

Virtual Swag

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Speakers

Dr. Shari Albright

Dr. Shari Albright

Shari Albright

Jose Azanza

Jose Azanza

Jose Azanza

Missy Bender

Missy Bender

Missy Bender

Dr. Alicia Bolt

Dr. Alicia Bolt

Dr. Alicia Bolt

Dr. Erika Carter

Dr. Erika Carter

Dr. Erika Carter

Lakisha Culpepper

Lakisha Culpepper

Lakisha Culpepper

Dr. Melissa Fogarty

Dr. Melissa Fogarty

Dr. Melissa Fogarty

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall

JoLisa Hoover, M.Ed.

JoLisa Hoover, M.Ed.

JoLisa Hoover, M.Ed.

Cassandra Jones

Cassandra Jones

Cassandra Jones

Tom Kelchner

Tom Kelchner

Tom Kelchner

Keri Launius, Ed.D.

Keri Launius, Ed.D.

Keri Launius, Ed.D.

Christine Lowak

Christine Lowak

Christine Lowak

Wayne Morren

Wayne Morren

Wayne Morren

Rachel Omerza

Rachel Omerza

Rachel Omerza

Bob Popinski

Bob Popinski

Bob Popinski

Kenia Reyes

Kenia Reyes

Kenia Reyes

Todd Schneider, M.ED.

Todd Schneider, M.ED.

Todd Schneider, M.ED.

Tomás Sigala Jr., Ed.D.

Tomás Sigala Jr., Ed.D.

Tomás Sigala Jr., Ed.D.
CB Scholar Symposium

Charles Butt Scholar Symposium update

Each year, the Charles Butt Scholars symposium provides scholars an opportunity to spend a weekend learning together. Due to concerns about the coronavirus, we have decided to postpone the in-person Charles Butt Scholars Symposium, previously scheduled for May 29 – 31.

We hope to reschedule the in-person Charles Butt Scholars Symposium for later in the year, but need time to see how the situation develops. We are grateful for your patience and understanding.