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					11TH NATIoNAL TAP CoNFERENCE
March 11-13, 2011
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
Los Angeles, California




CHANgINg THE LANdSCAPE FoR
EduCAToR SuPPoRT ANd EvALuATIoN
Message froM the founder
for all students to have an opportunity to succeed, education reform must be focused on the most important
school-related factor driving student achievement: the quality of the educator. how, then, do we attract talented
individuals to the teaching profession and then create an environment in which they can develop and be
motivated to stay and thrive? this challenge inspired me more than a decade ago to create a bold solution known
as taP: the system for teacher and student advancement. taP’s powerful opportunities for career advancement,
evaluation, professional growth and competitive compensation form a seamless, connected system for institutional
change focused on advancing every student, teacher and administrator. unlike decades of piecemeal reforms in
K-12 education, taP is integrated, comprehensive and aligned—and most importantly, it is working.

diverse states and districts across the country are implementing the taP system as their strategy to strengthen
teacher effectiveness and student achievement growth, particularly in our nation’s most challenging schools.
Increasing demand for comprehensive school reform at the highest levels has prompted many more states and
districts to explore taP. awards of more than $300 million in the most recent federal teacher Incentive fund (tIf)
grants will allow taP to double its impact and reach more than 20,000 teachers and 200,000 students this year.
In order to meet this expansion, the national Institute for excellence in teaching (nIet) has greatly expanded
its products and services to taP schools. We look forward to working with our partners in new taP locations—
educators, districts, unions, policymakers, businesses and foundations. We welcome those of you who are here
to participate in the 11th national taP Conference.

this Conference is designed to help each of you strengthen the implementation of taP by furthering your
understanding of the taP system and the key characteristics of high-performing taP schools. sessions and trainings
will closely examine taP’s elements and offer strategies to maximize their impact. In addition, our nIet trainers
will provide guidance in the use of the taP system training Portal and other powerful resources we provide to
help schools implement taP to its fullest potential. You will also hear from experts describing how taP’s proven
reforms meet national education priorities; how properly constructed teacher evaluation systems can accurately
measure performance and provide teacher support; and how the use of value-added student growth data can help
drive student performance. And finally, you will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences, skills and
knowledge with your fellow taP participants, thereby making taP an even stronger force to revitalize the teaching
profession and improve achievement growth for all students.

Momentum and enthusiasm for taP’s proven system of reform makes us eager to meet the challenges of the
decade ahead. Your continued commitment to implement taP at the highest level offers real promise for the
profession to attract, develop, motivate and retain people of talent to ensure that every child in our country
is afforded a high-quality educational experience.




Lowell Milken
founder, taP: the system for teacher and student advancement
Chairman and founder, national Institute for excellence in teaching




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table of contents




                   Conference notes .................................................................4

                   schedule of Conference Programs
                          Pre-Conference: Preparing for taP................................5
                          friday, March 11........................................................... 7
                          saturday, March 12.......................................................8
                          sunday, March 13.......................................................29

                   select Conference Presenters .............................................. 41

                  taP Mission statement........................................................50

                   nIet Professional staff ........................................................ 51

                  acknowledgments...............................................................52

                   notes Pages.........................................................................53




The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) is a nonprofit public organization, qualified under
section 501(c)(3) of the Internal revenue Code to undertake educational and other charitable activities,
such as taP™: the system for teacher and student advancement and the annual national taP Conference.
the presentations, workshops and meetings taking place at this Conference are for purposes of providing
information only. the opinions expressed by various speakers represent their own views and are not necessarily
those of NIET. While NIET does not advocate any specific legislation, it does engage in nonpartisan analysis,
study and research on education policy issues and presents its views on legislative proposals when requested
to do so by appropriate governmental officials. In sponsoring the National TAP Conference, NIET is not
authorizing any participant to represent nIet in advocating any point of view with respect to legislation.
In all cases, nIet complies with all statutes and regulations governing the operations of private foundations.


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Admission
 Admission to all presentations, sessions and meals requires nametag identification. Conference attendees will
 be provided with nametags at registration that must be worn while attending sessions at the hyatt regency
 Century Plaza for the taP Conference.


dress
 dress is business attire at all sessions.


ConferenCe registrAtion And informAtion
 Conference registration begins thursday, March 10, at 4:00 p.m. and is open each day of the taP Conference.
 We encourage you to register at your earliest convenience. registration will be located in the California
 Lounge on the California Level. general conference questions will be handled at registration. In addition, staff
 members will be available during presentations, sessions and all meal functions. They can be identified with an
 orange staff ribbon and will be happy to assist you.


inter-Hotel sHuttle
 Complimentary shuttles to and from the Beverly hilton and Intercontinental hotel will be provided at key
 intervals throughout the Conference. refer to the separate shuttle schedule available at registration. Please
 allow for ample time to arrive at the hyatt regency Century Plaza on friday in order to register for the
 Conference. note that cabs are available at all times at each hotel at your own expense.


sAturdAy evening
 Conference attendees have a free evening on saturday, March 12, starting at 5:15 p.m. each hotel has a concierge
 where you may inquire for recommendations and get assistance with planning dining and other activities.


dAyligHt sAvings
 note that daylight savings time begins at 2:00 a.m. sunday, March 13, 2011. Please set your clocks forward
 one hour before retiring on saturday evening. Breakfast and sessions will start promptly at times listed in the
 schedule of Conference Programs.


HyAtt regenCy Century PlAzA CHeCkout on sundAy
 hotel checkout for taP Conference participants is at 12:00 p.m. sharp. should you require a late checkout,
 please make arrangements directly with the hotel. You may opt to check out of your room earlier and store your
 bags with the bellman on the Lobby Level.


AdjACent Hotel CHeCkout on sundAy
 If you are staying at a hotel other than the hyatt regency Century Plaza, you may wish to inquire for a late
 checkout directly with your respective hotel’s front desk. If you opt to check out of your hotel before boarding a
 shuttle to the hyatt regency Century Plaza, you may bring your bags with you aboard the shuttle. Bellmen will
  be on hand during breakfast in the California showroom on the California Level at the hyatt regency Century
 Plaza to store bags for guests at adjacent hotels until sessions conclude at 11:00 a.m. Please do not attempt to
 check your bags on the Lobby Level of the hyatt as this is reserved for hyatt guests only.




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Pre-ConferenCe: PrePAring for tAP
friday, march 11, 2011


7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Conference registration
California Lounge (California Level)



8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast
California Showroom (California Level)
Note: You must be registered for the Pre-Conference to attend breakfast.



9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
new school and district orientation: implementing tAP with fidelity
Los Angeles Room (California Level)
Implementation fidelity is critical for TAP success. Beginning TAP efficiently and effectively is essential for new
schools. This panel is comprised of experts from the research field as well as experienced practitioners of TAP who
will bring a rare combination of theory coupled with on-the-ground implementation knowledge. these panelists
will discuss their personal insights from researching and implementing taP in order to provide schools preparing
for taP with relevant, timely advice. each panelist has a unique perspective on the taP system and has contributed
significantly to the dialogue on the national stage.

facilitator
Gary Stark, President and Chief Executive Officer, NIET

Panelists
Jason Culbertson, senior Vice President, school services, nIet
Craig d. Jerald, President, Break the Curve Consulting
dale Mann, Managing director, Interactive, Inc.
Andrea Thomas-Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer, Algiers Charter Schools Association, Louisiana




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Concurrent new school and district training sessions
For the Pre-Conference training sessions, registered attendees have been assigned to rooms. You can find your
training room by identifying the training group number on the top right corner of your Conference nametag and
then finding the corresponding room listed below. You will be in the same room for both morning and afternoon
training sessions. Room changes will not be allowed.

      1: Pacific Room (California Level)                6:    Westside room (Plaza Level)
     2:   Palisades room (California Level)             7:    olympic Ballroom I (Plaza Level)
     3:   Brentwood room (California Level)             8:    olympic Ballroom II (Plaza Level)
     4:   Westwood room (California Level)              9:    Constellation Ballroom I (Plaza Level)
     5:   Plaza Pavilion (Plaza Level)                 10:    Constellation Ballroom II (Plaza Level)



10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
tAP leadership team training
the taP Leadership team (tLt) is critical for success as its members are responsible for all aspects of taP
implementation within a school. this training is designed to provide a broad overview of the structure and
function of effective leadership teams. additionally, this session will provide a context for the panels and trainings
on the tLt later in the Conference. the trainers will integrate video and text examples and various grouping
strategies to engage participants during this session.


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
lunch
California Showroom (California Level)
Note: You must be registered for the Pre-Conference to attend lunch.


1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
tAP Cluster training
the taP cluster groups drive the schoolwide professional development practices in a building. taP’s hands-on,
action-research approach to professional development, driven by the Five Steps of Effective Learning, is a new
concept to many schools and districts prior to implementation. this training is designed to provide participants
with a procedural understanding of cluster meetings focused on the logistics of the Five Steps of Effective Learning.




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fridAy, mArCH 11, 2011

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Conference registration
California Lounge (California Level)




5:00 p.m.
Welcome Presentation
Los Angeles Ballroom (California Level)

Welcome
Gary Stark, President and Chief Executive Officer, NIET

keynote Presenter
Lowell Milken, Chairman and founder, nIet; founder, taP

Presenters
trenise duvernay, Master teacher, alice M. harte Charter school, Louisiana
Michael savage, Principal, audelia Creek elementary school, texas
sheila talamo, executive director, Louisiana taP




Welcome dinner
Los Angeles Ballroom (California Level)




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sAturdAy, mArCH 12, 2011


7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Conference registration
South Convention Office (California Level)


7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Breakfast
Los Angeles Ballroom (California Level)



8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
setting a High Bar: implementing effective education systems reform
Los Angeles Ballroom (California Level)
developing and implementing effective systems for reform requires the engagement and innovative thinking of key
stakeholders. federal initiatives have attempted to establish high standards and expectations for states, districts and
schools. however, it is the leadership of individuals in these districts and schools who must implement changes
with integrity and fidelity in order to see improvements in educational outcomes. In order to transform our schools,
we must be committed to transforming the system’s most valuable assets—its teachers and principals. What must
be done to ensure that schools are making the necessary changes to improve teacher and principal quality? how
have federal, state and local policies encouraged positive changes in our school systems? What can we do to
ensure that effective reforms are sustained?

moderator
Lowell Milken, Chairman and founder, nIet; founder, taP

Panelists
Kati haycock, President, the education trust
anthony Wilder Miller, deputy secretary, u.s. department of education
Paul Pastorek, state superintendent of education, Louisiana




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10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
tAP Concurrent sessions, Block A
Sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please select another session if the room is at capacity.
Note that certain sessions are offered in two parts, Part 1 and Part 2. Attendance in Part 1 is necessary to attend Part 2.

» Professional development to support instructional improvement
    in experienced tAP schools
    Pacific Room (California Level)
    Panelists will discuss taP’s high-quality professional development and what is necessary to keep cluster
    activities impactful and relevant. experienced taP practitioners will address the most effective ways to link
    cluster with rigorous teacher and student evaluation data to ensure both are regularly and successfully used to
    improve classroom instruction. teachers and principals will share their practices for ensuring that professional
    development is supported by the leadership team, cluster meetings and the evaluation process.

    facilitator
    tami Jenkins, regional Coordinator, texas taP

    Panelists
    tyrone Burton, Principal, Cherokee Park elementary school, Louisiana
    Lynn gallagher, Master teacher, hazel Park/hilda Knoff elementary school, Louisiana
    alma Velez, Principal, anson Jones elementary school, texas



» the role of the tAP master teacher
    Palisades Room (California Level)
    taP schools have pioneered the introduction of a new position in schools: the master teacher. this position is
    often cited by practitioners as the most integral for successful taP implementation. experienced taP master
    teachers will discuss their roles and responsibilities and provide a clear understanding as to the purpose and
    specificity of their role. The facilitator will share several policies and processes for ensuring the most effective
    master teachers are selected and trained. Panelists will also share how the master teacher works with the rest
    of the taP Leadership team to ensure excellent instructional practices at their schools.

    Note: This session is repeated in Block E.

    facilitator
    Betsy fera, Professional advancement director, arizona state university

    Panelists
    Juanita Collins, Master teacher, neal elementary school, texas
    Lynn Kuykendall, Master teacher, Clinton elementary school, south Carolina
    deania McMillian, Master teacher, north desoto Middle school, Louisiana
    Monique Wild, Master teacher, donaldsonville high school, Louisiana




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        » triumphs and Challenges of first year tAP implementation:
           instructionally focused Accountability
           Brentwood Room (California Level)
           taP’s instructionally focused accountability system holds teachers accountable for their instructional practices
           and the achievement of their students while providing a support structure to reinforce strengths and identify
           areas of improvement. Panelists from taP schools will discuss how to implement the taP evaluation system and
           how increased accountability has led to improved instruction and learning.
           Note: This session is repeated in Block E.

           facilitator
           nicole Bolen, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP

           Panelists
           nikii guerra, Master teacher, dessau elementary school, texas
           amanda Mayeaux, Master teacher, glen oaks Middle school, Louisiana
           Larry Minor, Master teacher, Lanier elementary school, Louisiana
           Julia norsworthy, Mentor teacher, Ben Milam elementary school, texas



        » designing and Planning instruction rubric
           Bel-Air Room (California Level)
           the designing and Planning Instruction rubric is an often overlooked but extremely important domain in the taP
           Rubrics. This session will look specifically at how the Designing and Planning Instruction Rubric ties into the other
           domains and will include videos of lessons to illustrate the learning.
           Note: This session is repeated in Block C.

           facilitators
           Phoebe Bailey, taP Project director, Colorado springs school district 11, Colorado
           susan Couch, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP



        » the nuts and Bolts of tAP: learning the Basics
           Encino Room (California Level)
           this interactive session will provide an overview of the taP system and facilitate a dialogue between
           attendees and practitioners in the field. TAP school and district leaders, as well as other stakeholders, will
           discuss relevant issues related to taP implementation. this session is geared towards prospective taP schools
           and new schools that did not attend the Pre-Conference.

           facilitator
           tammy Kreuz, executive director, texas taP

           Panelists
           dedra Bailey, Principal, W. smith Jr. elementary school, Louisiana
           rachel Beachy, Master teacher, Crockett elementary school, texas
           sue Way, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP

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        » the tAP system training Portal for new users
           Westwood Room (California Level)
           this training will focus on how to effectively navigate and purposefully use the taP system training Portal.
           Participants will have an opportunity to explore the many different uses of the portal and learn how to apply
           this tool to its greatest effectiveness.
           Note: If you have a laptop, it is recommended that you bring it to this session.

           facilitators
           Jennifer oliver, Indiana taP director, Center of excellence in Leadership of Learning,
                    university of Indianapolis
           anissa rodriguez, senior Program specialist, nIet



        » the role of the tAP Assistant Principal
           Sherman Oaks Room (California Level)
           the taP assistant principal, like the principal and master and mentor teachers, should be an integral part of the
           TAP Leadership Team. While the assistant principal's role has not been as well-defined as the other leadership
           team members, the assistant principal is very much a part of the systemic school change that taP initiates. this
           panel will discuss the role of the assistant principal in all facets of taP, including leadership team, cluster and
           observations.

           facilitator
           Keith Wilson, taP director, Knox County schools, tennessee

           Panelists
           stefani Morrow, assistant Principal, Lancaster elementary school, texas
           Mary Palomares, assistant Principal, Ben Milam elementary school, texas
           Jessica Patterson, regional Master teacher, south Carolina taP



        » the reinforcement Area of Post-Conference
           Directors I & II (South Mezzanine Level)
           often the reinforcement portion of the post-conference is seen merely as a morale booster. this session
           focuses on the importance of reinforcing teachers’ instructional skills in order to help them transfer these
           strengths into other areas of their instruction. It is recommended that participants of this session also attend
          “the Refinement area of Post-Conference” session.
           Note: This session is repeated in Block C.

           facilitators
           Jeanifer Caldwell, regional Coordinator, texas taP
           Margaret Leaf, assistant Principal, edna Karr Charter high school, Louisiana




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        » effectively Communicating tAP to Parents, the Community and the media
           Park Room (South Mezzanine Level)
           taP leaders will share successful strategies for communicating taP’s comprehensive, aligned system in clear
           and concise terms to parents, community members, funders and the media. Panelists will discuss internal
           communications strategies to reinforce knowledge of taP among teachers and principals, as well as effective
           communications to external audiences.

           facilitator
           Kristan Van hook, senior Vice President, Public Policy and development, nIet

           Panelists
           Matthew Broussard, Chief Communications Officer, Advance Baton Rouge, Louisiana
           susan ostrich, taP director, Philly taP, Pennsylvania
           Patrice Pujol, superintendent, ascension Parish school system, Louisiana
           Pat sadberry, director of school Improvement, Lancaster Isd, texas



        » sustaining funding for tAP: reallocating existing state and federal funds
           Governors I (South Mezzanine Level)
           establishing ongoing funding for taP is necessary for sustaining successful taP implementation. although
           developing new streams of funding is beneficial, it is often the reallocation of existing funds that provides
           long-term stability for taP. Panelists will discuss how they have used existing sources of funds to sustain taP
           in their schools and districts.

           facilitator
           sheila talamo, executive director, Louisiana taP

           Panelists
           Stuart Gay, Chief Financial Officer, Algiers Charter Schools Association, Louisiana
           Allison Jacques, Director; Office of Educator Preparation, Support and Assessment; South Carolina
                   department of education
           Lucy Larrison, assistant superintendent, Bryan Independent school district, texas




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        » recruiting the most effective teacher leaders
           Governors II (South Mezzanine Level)
           the success of taP is highly dependent upon hiring effective master and mentor teachers to lead the
           comprehensive reform. this session will provide strategies taP schools have used to hire the most capable and
           appropriate teachers for these taP leadership positions, as well as offer guidance on how to retain the most
           effective of these teachers.

           facilitator
           faydra alexander, taP director, algiers Charter schools association, Louisiana

           Panelists
           Monica hills, Principal, Lowery Intermediate school, Louisiana
           Mike savage, Principal, audelia Creek elementary school, texas
           tracy spies, Principal, Ben Milam elementary school, texas



        » How Administrators Can support and Coach Clusters (Part 1)
           Plaza Pavilion (Plaza Level)
           Because weekly cluster meetings provide critical professional development for teachers to improve student
           achievement, it is important that administrators are able to monitor cluster meetings as well as provide
           appropriate feedback and support to cluster leaders. this session will identify what effective cluster meetings
           should look like and build administrators’ skills in providing appropriate feedback to cluster leaders in order
           to strengthen instructional capacity and raise student achievement. this training is recommended for administrators.
           Note: This is a three-part training session.

           facilitators
           teddy Broussard, senior Program specialist, nIet
           stephanie Mosqueda, Coordinator of Principal Leadership and Program development, texas taP



        » seeing a Change in the Classroom: How to effectively support Career teachers
           Westside Room (Plaza Level)
           taP provides all teachers with growth opportunities and support for improvement that are not found in most
           schools. This panel will specifically focus on how leadership team members have successfully helped to
           develop and support career teachers, and how career teachers have used their experiences to contribute to
           schoolwide change. this session offers insight for both leadership team members and career teachers.

           facilitator
           Jason Culbertson, senior Vice President, school services, nIet

           Panelists
           Christi Burdette, Master teacher, horizon Community Learning Center, arizona
           asael Paniagua Jr., Career teacher, Ben Milam elementary school, texas
           angela Pippins, Mentor teacher, audelia Creek elementary school, texas
           athena self, Principal, Jeanerette elementary school, Louisiana

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        » Coaching the Coach (Part 1)
           Olympic Ballroom I (Plaza Level)
           After every observation, the TAP system provides teachers with quality feedback in order to refine their
           instructional skills. Coaches also need that level of feedback in order to continuously improve. Participants
           will examine the definition and use of coaches in TAP schools, identify and develop basic coaching tools, and
           review coaching perspectives. this training is recommended for educators in taP schools that are in their
           third year and beyond.

           facilitators
           dennis dotterer, executive director, south Carolina taP
           trenise duvernay, Master teacher, alice M. harte Charter school, Louisiana



        » field testing: Where do i start? (Part 1)
           Olympic Ballroom II (Plaza Level)
           Participants will look at field testing as a research experiment and consider the pre-, during- and post-field-
           testing phases. Though there is no one prescribed way to conduct field testing, this session—through videos
           and other interactive tools—will offer concrete ideas, including a step-by-step approach. this training is
           recommended for educators in first- and second-year TAP schools.

           facilitators
           nicole Bevilacqua, training Coordinator, texas taP
           Jodi Leckbee, executive Master teacher, texas taP



        » Thinking and Problem Solving (Part 1)
           Constellation Ballroom I (Plaza Level)
           Thinking and Problem Solving, the last two indicators of the taP Instructional rubric, can often be the
           most complex. this session will focus on understanding how Thinking is taught, offer a more complete
           understanding of the Thinking indicator and explain the connection between Thinking and Problem Solving.
           finally, participants will be able to see how these principles have worked at the school level and offer a
           concrete model for implementing them in cluster and beyond. this training is recommended for educators in
           second- and third-year taP schools.

           facilitators
           alishia ancar, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP
           James snyder, Project director, nIet




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» utilizing student Work in Cluster
    Constellation Ballroom II (Plaza Level)
    examination of student work in cluster is an integral factor in determining a strategy’s effectiveness. this
    session will explore the process for utilizing student work in cluster in a purposeful way and how this can
    aid in the data-driven decision-making crucial to increasing student achievement.

    facilitators
    Vicky Condalary, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP
    Christy Martino, taP regional Coordinator, Center of excellence in Leadership of Learning,
            university of Indianapolis




11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
tAP recognition Awards and luncheon
Los Angeles Ballroom (California Level)




1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
tAP Concurrent sessions, Block B
Sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please select another session if the room is at capacity.
Note that certain sessions are offered in two parts, Part 1 and Part 2. Attendance in Part 1 is necessary to attend Part 2.


» leaders in Change: the district and state roles in Comprehensive reform
    Pacific Room (California Level)
    successful implementation of a comprehensive school reform system such as taP cannot happen without
    the support and partnership of stakeholders at the local and state levels. this often means the creation of an
    infrastructure to support the systemic change. In this session, leaders will discuss policies and partnerships
    they have developed with school boards, teachers unions, community leaders and others to ensure taP’s
    successful and sustained implementation.

    facilitator
    sarah shoff, Policy associate, nIet

    Panelists
    Jim Hogeboom, Superintendent, Lucia Mar Unified School District, California
    Walter Lee, superintendent, desoto Parish school system, Louisiana
    Diana Sustaita, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Pflugerville Independent School District, Texas




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       » How to Create and maintain inter-rater reliability
          Palisades Room (California Level)
          taP’s data management system, Code, provides valuable teacher evaluation data to taP Leadership teams.
          CODE data analysis helps schools target specific instructional needs across their campuses. Given the
          importance of teacher evaluation data, this session will focus on the use of Code data in leadership team
          meetings to help build inter-rater reliability and monitor for score inflation.
          Note: This session is repeated in Block E.

          facilitator
          faydra alexander, taP director, algiers Charter schools association, Louisiana

          Panelists
          Lynn Kuykendall, Master teacher, Clinton elementary school, south Carolina
          henderson Lewis, Principal, algiers technology academy, Louisiana
          helena Mosely, Principal, rosa Parks/Millbrook elementary school, texas



       » effective use of the mentor teacher:
          Balancing Classroom and leadership responsibilities
          Brentwood Room (California Level)
          a taP mentor teacher is a classroom teacher and a member of the leadership team who participates in conducting
          evaluations and providing professional development. effectively executing all of these duties can be challenging.
          taP leaders will address how mentors successfully managed their time and responsibilities to be a quality
          classroom teacher and instructional leader. In addition to mentors, this panel is relevant to principals and
          master teachers who wish to better understand the role of the mentor teacher and how it can be best utilized.

          facilitator
          ann shaw, regional Master teacher, south Carolina taP

          Panelists
          shaneka Burnett, Mentor teacher, Lowery Intermediate school, Louisiana
          angela dulaney, assistant Principal, delhi Charter school, Louisiana
          Jennifer o’shesky, Mentor teacher, Brunson-dargan elementary school, south Carolina



       » leading a tAP Pre-Conference
          Bel-Air Room (California Level)
          the pre-conference is a unique opportunity for coaching and support before announced observations. It also allows
          evaluators to set clear expectations and help teachers think purposefully about lessons. this training offers
          guidance in providing a high-quality pre-conference through videos of example pre-conferences.

          facilitators
          tami Jenkins, regional Coordinator, texas taP
          Laura roussel, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP

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       » triumphs and Challenges of first year tAP implementation: multiple Career Paths
          Encino Room (California Level)
          taP’s multiple career paths provide powerful career growth opportunities for new roles and responsibilities.
          this creates expert teacher leaders within schools to provide support to other teachers. taP educators will
          discuss the benefits and challenges of multiple career paths during the first year of TAP implementation.

          facilitator
          elizabeth Woodall, executive Master teacher, texas taP

          Panelists
          Maya Bennett, Master teacher, Jackson elementary school, Louisiana
          Patti Cruz, regional Master teacher, arizona state university
          Linda taplette, Master teacher, Ben Milan elementary school, texas



       » the tAP system training Portal for experienced users
          Westwood Room (California Level)
          While the taP system training Portal has been online for several months, this training will allow participants
          to reflect on their experiences so far and offer ways to maximize the portal’s impact on their instruction. The
          training will provide tangible examples and connections for applying the portal’s resources to a number of
          vital taP processes, including leadership team meetings, cluster group meetings and evaluations.
          Note: If you have a laptop, it is recommended that you bring it to this session.

          facilitators
          elizabeth Poda, Program specialist, south Carolina taP
          anissa rodriguez, senior Program specialist, nIet



       » teacher incentives in tAP: maintaining fairness and transparency
          in experienced schools
          Sherman Oaks Room (California Level)
          taP changes the current pay structure by providing additional compensation to teachers based on their skills
          in the classroom and the performance of their students. Panelists from experienced taP schools will discuss
          strategies to maintain fairness and transparency in this process, and reflect on the impact TAP incentives have
          on student achievement, school culture and teacher retention over the long term.

          facilitator
          sheila talamo, executive director, Louisiana taP

          Panelists
          Vernisa Bodison, Principal, spaulding elementary school, south Carolina
          Lynn gallagher, Master teacher, hazel Park/hilda Knoff elementary school, Louisiana
          Keith Wilson, taP director, Knox County schools, tennessee


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       » the refinement Area of Post-Conference
          Directors I & II (South Mezzanine Level)
          The heart of the post-conference is the refinement area. The refinement area provides teachers with
          an opportunity to receive quality coaching in order to effectively improve instruction. this session
          examines various techniques and examples for structuring the refinement area of the post-conference. It is
          recommended that participants also attend “the reinforcement area of Post-Conference” session.
          Note: This session is repeated in Block E.

          facilitators
          Jeanifer Caldwell, regional Coordinator, texas taP
          Margaret Leaf, assistant Principal, edna Karr Charter high school, Louisiana



       » Continuing the success of tAP: Beyond five years of implementation
          Park Room (South Mezzanine Level)
          successful school reform is measured not only by improved student outcomes, but also by a shift in school
          culture. these changes often take several years. But what happens to the dynamic of reform once a school
          has been implementing TAP for five years or more? This session will focus on taking TAP to the next level at
          your school. Learning from the experiences of teachers and administrators, attendees will come away ready to
          refine TAP’s elements and maintain the positive changes to school culture to ensure that all students achieve
          their goals.
          Note: This session is repeated in Block E.

          facilitator
          Karen Bucher, Principal, hazel Park/hilda Knoff elementary school, Louisiana

          Panelists
          thomas Brown, Principal, holston Middle school, tennessee
          Betsy fera, Professional advancement director, arizona state university
          Jennifer Morillo, Principal, Beaufort elementary school, south Carolina
          arneice renwick, regional Master teacher, south Carolina taP




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       » Advancing through the Career Path
          Governors I (South Mezzanine Level)
          taP allows teachers to pursue a variety of positions throughout their careers—career, mentor and master
          teacher. effective teachers have the opportunity to advance professionally without having to leave the
          classroom. hear from taP practitioners who have gone from career to mentor, mentor to master or both.
          These educators will reflect on the different roles and responsibilities of each position and discuss the positive
          impact these growth opportunities have on taP schools.

          facilitator
          Jason Culbertson, senior Vice President, school services, nIet

          Panelists
          Clay hendrix, assistant superintendent, Lincoln Consolidated school district, arkansas
          alejandra rice, Master teacher, Crockett elementary school, texas
          tamra shaw, Master teacher, horizon Community Learning Center, arizona



       » tAP’s instructionally focused Accountability system in experienced schools
          Governors II (South Mezzanine Level)
          taP provides a comprehensive system for evaluating teachers that rewards them for effective teaching. the
          evaluation process produces relevant feedback for educators and aligns the use of evaluation data to professional
          development and support. hear from experienced taP Leadership team members about maintaining a rigorous,
          transparent and fair evaluation system that leads to improved teacher support and effectiveness.

          facilitator
          nicole Bolen, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP

          Panelists
          Mona Lise dickson, Principal, Whale Branch Middle school, south Carolina
          Pilar holtrop, regional Master teacher, arizona state university
          alma Velez, Principal, anson Jones elementary school, texas




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       » How Administrators Can support and Coach Clusters (Part 2)
          Plaza Pavilion (Plaza Level)
          Because weekly cluster meetings provide critical professional development for teachers to improve student
          achievement, it is important that administrators are able to monitor cluster meetings as well as provide
          appropriate feedback and support to cluster leaders. this session will identify what effective cluster meetings
          should look like and build administrators’ skills in providing appropriate feedback to cluster leaders in
          order to strengthen instructional capacity and raise student achievement. this training is recommended for
          administrators.
          Note: This is a three-part training session.

          facilitators
          teddy Broussard, senior Program specialist, nIet
          stephanie Mosqueda, Coordinator of Principal Leadership and Program development, texas taP



       » effective tAP implementation: the Principal’s Perspective
          Westside Room (Plaza Level)
          research shows that the principal’s knowledge, support and commitment to any initiative or school reform
          model are vital to the fidelity and success of implementation. Participants will hear from TAP principals who
          will share their successes and challenges at leading systemic school change. this includes a shift in culture,
          accountability and support.
          Note: This session is repeated in Block E.

          facilitator
          tammy Kreuz, executive director, texas taP

          Panelists
          Monica Boudouin, Principal, dwight d. eisenhower academy of global studies, Louisiana
          Brenda romines, Principal, Clinton elementary school, south Carolina
          Mike savage, Principal, audelia Creek elementary school, texas



       » Coaching the Coach (Part 2)
          Olympic Ballroom I (Plaza Level)
          After every observation, the TAP system provides teachers with quality feedback in order to refine their
          instructional skills. Coaches also need that level of feedback in order to continuously improve. Participants
          will examine the definition and use of coaches in TAP schools, identify and develop basic coaching tools, and
          review coaching perspectives. this training is recommended for educators in taP schools that are in their
          third year and beyond.

          facilitators
          dennis dotterer, executive director, south Carolina taP
          trenise duvernay, Master teacher, alice M. harte Charter school, Louisiana


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       » field testing: Where do i start? (Part 2)
          Olympic Ballroom II (Plaza Level)
          Participants will look at field testing as a research experiment and consider the pre-, during- and post-field-
          testing phases. Though there is no one prescribed way to conduct field testing, this session—through videos
          and other interactive tools—will offer concrete ideas, including a step-by-step approach. this training is
          recommended for educators in first- and second-year TAP schools.

          facilitators
          nicole Bevilacqua, training Coordinator, texas taP
          Jodi Leckbee, executive Master teacher, texas taP



       » Thinking and Problem Solving (Part 2)
          Constellation Ballroom I (Plaza Level)
          Thinking and Problem Solving, the last two indicators of the taP Instructional rubric, can often be the
          most complex. this session will focus on understanding how Thinking is taught, offer a more complete
          understanding of the Thinking indicator and explain the connection between Thinking and Problem Solving.
          finally, participants will be able to see how these principles have worked at the school level and offer a
          concrete model for implementing them in cluster and beyond. this training is recommended for educators
          in second- and third-year taP schools.

          facilitators
          alishia ancar, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP
          James snyder, Project director, nIet



       » effective modeling in Cluster
          Constellation Ballroom II (Plaza Level)
          the manner in which a master teacher models a strategy during cluster is integral to cluster learning. the
          process for stepping in and out of a strategy demonstration and giving cluster members the experience of a
          strategy from the student perspective is vital to implementing a strategy effectively. Participants will gain an
          understanding of how modeling during cluster can powerfully impact cluster members’ learning.

          Note: This session is repeated in Block C.

          facilitators
          Vicky Condalary, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP
          Christy Martino, taP regional Coordinator, Center of excellence in Leadership of Learning,
                  university of Indianapolis




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2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
tAP Concurrent Panels
During this session, you have the option of the following two panels. Sessions will be filled on a first-come,
first-served basis. Please select another session if the room is at capacity.

» more than measurement: getting teacher evaluation right
    Los Angeles Ballroom (California Level)
    teacher evaluation is a major focus for reform at the federal, state and district levels. this policy push stems
    partly from a spate of reports exposing deep flaws in how districts currently evaluate their teachers. As states
    and districts redesign evaluation systems, how can they do so in a way that accurately and fairly measures
    teacher performance and, at the same time, provides direct support to teachers to improve their performance?
    how can “multiple measures of teacher effectiveness” work in real life? What strategies can ensure reliable
    and accurate measurement of teacher effectiveness? What kinds of feedback and support are critical for helping
    all teachers improve and what is the best way to provide them? this panel will explore the major challenges
    facing policymakers hoping to redesign teacher evaluations and highlight useful lessons that education leaders
    can learn from the taP system’s successful approach.

    moderator
    Kristan Van hook, senior Vice President, Public Policy and development, nIet

    Panelists
    Craig d. Jerald, President, Break the Curve Consulting
    davita Lancelin, Master teacher, Johnston street elementary school, Louisiana
    anthony Milanowski, assistant scientist, Wisconsin Center for education research,
             university of Wisconsin-Madison
    Lynn olson, special assistant to the director of education, Bill & Melinda gates foundation
    alma Velez, Principal, anson Jones elementary school, texas




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       » getting value out of value Added: using student growth
          measures effectively
          Westside Room (Plaza Level)
          federal and state education policy leaders are requiring that student growth measures be part of new
          comprehensive teacher evaluation systems. as such, value-added measures have received a great deal of
          attention among teachers, administrators, parents and the community at large. for more than a decade, taP
          has been using this cutting-edge tool as part of its comprehensive system to measure teacher and school
          performance. these measures are used to identify areas of improvement in teacher instructional skills and
          student achievement. Panelists will address effectively using value added for teacher performance evaluations,
          professional development and school improvement goals. how can value added be used to promote school
          and district success? What is needed to ensure that teachers understand value-added measurement without
          getting bogged down in technical methodology? how have schools overcome challenges in pioneering this
          teacher performance measurement?

          moderator
          tamara schiff, senior Vice President, research and evaluation, nIet

          Panelists
          Cynthia g. Brown, Vice President for education Policy, Center for american Progress
          Steve Cantrell, Senior Program Officer, Research and Evaluation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
          glenn daley, senior researcher, nIet
          tammy Kreuz, executive director, texas taP
          Andrea Thomas-Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer, Algiers Charter Schools Association, Louisiana




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4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
tAP Concurrent sessions, Block C
Sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please select another session if the room is at capacity.

» triumphs and Challenges of first year tAP implementation:
    Professional development
    Pacific Room (California Level)
    unlike the traditional model of professional development that is common in most schools, taP provides
    teachers with a system of professional development that is ongoing, job-embedded, collaborative, student-
    centered, relevant and led by expert instructors. taP’s ongoing applied professional growth relies on teacher
    evaluation and student assessment data to guide professional growth activities for taP teachers. taP school
    practitioners will discuss what it takes to get cluster started at a school and their success in implementing it.
    Note: This session is repeated in Block E.

    facilitator
    sue Way, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP

    Panelists
    sara greene, Master teacher, holston Middle school, tennessee
    Pamela rhodes, Master teacher, Chestnut oaks Middle school, south Carolina
    Kathryn rice, Principal, Pointe Coupee Central high school, Louisiana



» tAP and tif: lessons learned to make new grants a success
    Palisades Room (California Level)
    Learn how taP practitioners successfully used federal teacher Incentive fund (tIf) grants to scale up and
    strengthen taP implementation in their schools and districts. tIf recipients from Cohorts 1 and 2 will share
    lessons learned from their existing grants with Cohort 3 winners and others implementing taP. this session
    will explore ways to ensure strong implementation, including measurement and monitoring techniques, and
    avoid common pitfalls.

    facilitator
    sarah shoff, Policy associate, nIet

    Panelists
    Allison Jacques, Director; Office of Educator Preparation, Support and Assessment; South Carolina
            department of education
    Lucy Larrison, assistant superintendent, Bryan Independent school district, texas
    susan ostrich, taP director, Philly taP, Pennsylvania




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       » related Arts and special education in tAP
           Brentwood Room (California Level)
          specialists and special area teachers are involved in each element of the taP system in order to ensure student
          achievement. In taP schools, specialists must have strong instructional knowledge in addition to their content
          knowledge. Panelists will discuss their experiences as special area teachers or leaders of specialist clusters in
          taP schools.
           Note: This session is repeated in Block E.

           facilitator
           nicole Bevilacqua, training Coordinator, texas taP

           Panelists
           rebecca Curtis, Mentor teacher, holston Middle school, tennessee
           stacey Johnson, Mentor teacher, thornwell school for the arts, south Carolina
           Lesa Paille-seal, Master teacher, abney elementary school, Louisiana



       » exploratory leadership Coaching
           Bel-Air Room (California Level)
          this session will explore the power of coaching in increasing the collegiality of the leadership team; examining
          various models to coach other leadership team members; and working with the group coaching concept. It
          will also offer insight into the conceptual framework of utilizing coaching to enhance leadership and effect
          change. this training is recommended for educators in taP schools that are in their second year and beyond.

           facilitators
          dennis dotterer, executive director, south Carolina taP
          trenise duvernay, Master teacher, alice M. harte Charter school, Louisiana



       » Building on the momentum of the Planning year
           Encino Room (California Level)
          this panel is offered as a continuation of the aspects of taP implementation discussed during the Pre-
          Conference sessions. Many taP schools have a year to plan prior to full implementation. a planning year
          provides an opportunity for teachers and administrators to become more familiar with the components of the
          taP system. taP practitioners from sites that had a planning year will share strategies on how to ensure that a
          planning year facilitates successful taP implementation and how to capture the energy and propel the school
          into the following year.
           Note: This session is repeated in Block D.

           facilitator
           faydra alexander, taP director, algiers Charter schools association, Louisiana

          Panelists
          Perry daniel, Principal, Prescott Charter Middle school, Louisiana
          Jennifer Mcfarland, Master teacher, Cross County high school, arkansas
          Laura roussel, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP
          Andy Stenson, Assistant Superintendent, Lucia Mar Unified School District, California

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       » the reinforcement Area of Post-Conference
           Westwood Room (California Level)
           often the reinforcement portion of the post-conference is seen merely as a morale booster. this session
           focuses on the importance of reinforcing teachers’ instructional skills in order to help them transfer these
           strengths into other areas of their instruction.

           facilitator
           Jeanifer Caldwell, regional Coordinator, texas taP



       » value Added in Practice
           Sherman Oaks Room (California Level)
          taP uses value-added analysis at the district, school and classroom level. this panel will focus on the
          successful use of value-added data in TAP schools to provide teachers with specific feedback to improve their
          practice. Panelists will also discuss value added as one of multiple measures to evaluate teachers.


           facilitator
           glenn daley, senior researcher, nIet

           Panelists
          Anna Faye Caminita, Chief Academic Officer, Advance Baton Rouge Charter School Association, Louisiana
          Karen Loy, Principal, northwest Middle school, tennessee
          elizabeth Poda, Program specialist, south Carolina taP



       » the designing and Planning instruction rubric
           Directors I & II (South Mezzanine Level)
          the designing and Planning Instruction rubric is an often overlooked but extremely important domain in the taP
          Rubrics. This session will look specifically at how the Designing and Planning Instruction Rubric ties into the other
          domains and will be accompanied by videos of lessons to illustrate the learning.


           facilitators
           Phoebe Bailey, taP Project director, Colorado springs school district 11, Colorado
           susan Couch, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP




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       » stories from the field: How tAP is transforming our schools
           Park Room (South Mezzanine Level)
          taP teachers and principals share their experiences with school transformation after implementing the taP
          system. through the stories of a diverse set of taP practitioners, the conversation will focus on solutions that
          taP has provided through multiple career paths, ongoing applied professional growth, instructionally focused
          accountability and performance-based compensation.

           facilitator
           Lisa shapiro, senior Program associate, nIet

           Panelists
           Mona Lise dickson, Principal, Whale Branch Middle school, south Carolina
           Pamela Landry, Principal, Johnston street elementary school, Louisiana
          amy sebastian, Mentor teacher, audelia Creek elementary school, texas



       » How Administrators Can support and Coach Clusters (Part 3)
           Plaza Pavilion (Plaza Level)
           Because weekly cluster meetings provide critical professional development for teachers to improve student
           achievement, it is important that administrators are able to monitor cluster meetings as well as provide
           appropriate feedback and support to cluster leaders. this session will identify what effective cluster meetings
           should look like and build administrators’ skills in providing appropriate feedback to cluster leaders in
           order to strengthen instructional capacity and raise student achievement. this training is recommended for
           administrators.
           Note: This is a three-part training session.

           facilitators
          teddy Broussard, senior Program specialist, nIet
          stephanie Mosqueda, Coordinator of Principal Leadership and Program development, texas taP



       » implementing tAP in a secondary setting
           Westside Room (Plaza Level)
          taP’s four elements provide the opportunity for systemic reform in secondary schools. high schools and
          middle schools have integrated taP into their structures, leading to improvements in teacher quality and
          student achievement. educators will discuss successful practices as well as ongoing development issues and
          challenges in taP secondary schools.

           facilitator
          anissa rodriguez, senior Program specialist, nIet

           Panelists
          esrom Pitre, Principal, donaldsonville high school, Louisiana
          Maxwell turner, Master teacher, Pointe Coupee Central high school, Louisiana
          tryphena Williams, Master teacher, Jane Long Middle school, texas

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       » effective use of Code data by leadership teams
           Olympic Ballroom I (Plaza Level)
           the Code system provides valuable teacher evaluation data to taP administrators and leadership teams.
           Code data analysis is necessary to move schools forward in enhancing their professional learning communities.
           this session will focus on the use of Code data in leadership team meetings to help build inter-rater reliability,
           monitor for score inflation, effectively plan cluster and make sound instructional decisions.

           facilitator
           Jason Culbertson, senior Vice President, school services, nIet


       » the Thinking indicator
           Olympic Ballroom II (Plaza Level)
           the Thinking indicator can often be one of the most complex indicators of the taP Instructional rubric. this session
           will focus on understanding how Thinking is taught and offer a more complete understanding of the Thinking indicator.

           facilitators
           alishia ancar, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP
           James snyder, Project director, nIet


       » making Connections: the learning environment and Thinking and Problem Solving
           Constellation Ballroom I (Plaza Level)
           Participants will delve deeper into one of the least explored areas of focus in the evaluation process, the
           Learning environment rubric, and identify how it impacts Thinking and Problem Solving. after viewing video
           clips, participants will gather evidence supporting the belief that students’ thinking and problem solving skills
           flourish in a learning environment that is constructed and valued by teachers and students.

           facilitators
           nicole Bolen, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP
           Pilar holtrop, regional Master teacher, arizona state university


       » effective modeling in Cluster
           Constellation Ballroom II (Plaza Level)
           the manner in which a master teacher models a strategy during cluster is integral to cluster learning. the
           process for stepping in and out of a strategy demonstration and giving cluster members the experience of a
           strategy from the student perspective is vital to implementing a strategy effectively. Participants will gain an
           understanding of how modeling during cluster can powerfully impact cluster members’ learning.

           facilitators
           Vicky Condalary, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP
           Christy Martino, taP regional Coordinator, Center of excellence in Leadership of Learning, university of Indianapolis



       free evening
       Note: Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 13, 2011. Please set your clocks forward one hour
       before retiring on Saturday evening.

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sundAy, mArCH 13, 2011


7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Conference registration
South Convention Office (California Level)


7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast
California Showroom (California Level)



8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
tAP Concurrent sessions, Block d
Sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please select another session if the room is at capacity.
Note that certain sessions are offered in two parts, Part 1 and Part 2. Attendance in Part 1 is necessary to attend Part 2.

» evaluating and rewarding Administrators
    Pacific Room (California Level)
    Principal leadership is essential to successful taP implementation. Most taP schools have implemented a
    principal compensation structure based on multiple measures, including schoolwide student achievement
    growth. With the most recent round of teacher Incentive fund (tIf) grant regulations requiring principal
    evaluation and bonuses, this discussion is more relevant than ever. Panelists will share what strong principal
    leadership looks like in a taP school and how that leadership is being measured. the conversation will
    also touch on various methods to compensate principals for successful leadership and their implications on
    improved student achievement.

    facilitator
    tammy Kreuz, executive director, texas taP

    Panelists
    glenn daley, senior researcher, nIet
    Cornelius Leach, assistant superintendent for Instruction, sumter school district 17, south Carolina
    Andrea Thomas-Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer, Algiers Charter Schools Association, Louisiana




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       » Preparing your school for Performance-Based Compensation
          Palisades Room (California Level)
          In a traditional school, teachers do not have the opportunity to be rewarded for their positive impact on
          student academic growth or their own instructional expertise. In taP schools, teacher compensation is
          structured so that instructional effectiveness and expertise are recognized and rewarded. this transition can
          be difficult for new TAP schools if all stakeholders are not properly informed and included from the beginning.
          Panelists will reflect on the positive impact of TAP incentives in their schools and how to ensure that the
          process is fair and understandable.

          facilitator
          sheila talamo, executive director, Louisiana taP

          Panelists
          Karen Bucher, Principal, hazel Park/hilda Knoff elementary school, Louisiana
          Mary Kimmins, Principal, Pflugerville Middle School, Texas
          Brenda romines, Principal, Clinton elementary school, south Carolina



       » distributed leadership in Action in experienced tAP schools
          Brentwood Room (California Level)
          taP’s shared leadership model provides the unique opportunity for master and mentor teachers to partner
          with the principal in school leadership responsibilities. Principals continue to be the primary driving force
          behind school change; however, they do so with the explicit support of the other taP Leadership team
          members. experienced taP principals, master teachers and mentor teachers will discuss the changes in their
          leadership roles as a result of taP and how these changes have strengthened their schools over time.

          facilitator
          nicole Bevilacqua, training Coordinator, texas taP

          Panelists
          sara Borchgardt, Master teacher, Ben Milam elementary school, texas
          ed fellows, Principal, henderson elementary school, texas
          deania McMillian, Master teacher, north desoto Middle school, Louisiana
          Laura Wanstreet, Principal, horizon Community Learning Center, arizona



       » the long-range Plan rubric (Part 1)
          Bel-Air Room (California Level)
          The Long-Range Plan Rubric, when applied appropriately, can be the link between field testing and cluster
          planning. This session will help participants understand the requirements for a proficient long-range plan
          and, perhaps most importantly, how the taP Leadership team can use the Long-range Plan rubric to support
          master teachers and cluster planning.

          facilitators
          Margo dalimonte, executive Master teacher, Knox County schools, tennessee
          elizabeth Woodall, executive Master teacher, texas taP

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       » Building on the momentum of the Planning year
          Encino Room (California Level)
          this panel is offered as a continuation of the aspects of taP implementation discussed during the Pre-
          Conference sessions. Many taP schools have a year to plan prior to full implementation. a planning year
          provides an opportunity for teachers and administrators to become more familiar with the components of the
          taP system. taP practitioners from sites that had a planning year will share strategies on how to ensure that a
          planning year facilitates successful taP implementation and how to capture the energy and propel the school
          into the following year.

          facilitator
          faydra alexander, taP director, algiers Charter schools association, Louisiana

          Panelists
          Perry daniel, Principal, Prescott Charter Middle school, Louisiana
          Jennifer Mcfarland, Master teacher, Cross County high school, arkansas
          Laura roussel, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP
          Andy Stenson, Assistant Superintendent, Lucia Mar Unified School District, California



       » Beginning Principles of Coaching (Part 1)
          Westwood Room (California Level)
          Coaching is an integral support mechanism for teachers at all levels and administrators in taP schools. focused
          on the principles and tenets of effective coaching, this session is ideal for a novice coach in the taP process. the
          training is recommended for educators in first- and second-year TAP schools.

          facilitators
          dennis dotterer, executive director, south Carolina taP
          Monique Wild, Master teacher, donaldsonville high school, Louisiana



       » the integral role of the tAP leadership team in experienced schools
          Sherman Oaks Room (California Level)
          In successful taP schools, the taP Leadership team drives effective implementation on each campus. given
          this, it is important that leadership team meetings are focused and aligned to all aspects of the taP model. this
          session will guide administrators, master teachers and mentor teachers in further refining the planning and
          implementation of effective leadership team meetings and in building capacity among members.

          facilitator
          Jodi Leckbee, executive Master teacher, texas taP

          Panelists
          Jennifer o’shesky, Mentor teacher, Brunson-dargan elementary school, south Carolina
          Keith simmons, Principal, north desoto Middle school, Louisiana
          Jennifer smith, Master teacher, audelia Creek elementary school, texas


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       » Consultancy Protocol: insight from tAP Practitioners (Part 1)
          Directors I & II (South Mezzanine Level)
          taP practitioners from around the country will provide other taP mentors, masters and administrators with
          verbal feedback about their successes and common challenges. this training is recommended for educators in
          taP schools that are in their third year and beyond.

          facilitators
          Phoebe Bailey, taP Project director, Colorado springs school district 11, Colorado
          tami Jenkins, regional Coordinator, texas taP



       » implementing tAP with other district or state initiatives
          Park Room (South Mezzanine Level)
          schools implementing the taP system often operate other state or district initiatives simultaneously. this
          panel of innovative taP leaders will discuss how taP complements and enhances other initiatives without
          duplicating efforts.

          facilitator
          tamara schiff, senior Vice President, research and evaluation, nIet

          Panelists
          Lindsay harris, Principal, Jane Long Middle school, texas
          Allison Jacques, Director; Office of Educator Preparation, Support and Assessment; South Carolina
                  department of education
          Kathy noel, director of Curriculum and Instruction, desoto Parish school system, Louisiana



       » the tAP leadership team observation rubric (Part 1)
          Plaza Pavilion (Plaza Level)
          the taP Leadership team (tLt) observation rubric is an effective and actionable tool that can be used for
          coaching and evaluation of tLt meetings. this training will delve deeply into the tLt observation rubric,
          clarifying the expectations of tLt meetings and how this tool can be used to monitor them. this training is
          recommended for administrators.

          facilitators
          teddy Broussard, senior Program specialist, nIet
          Jennifer oliver, Indiana taP director, Center of excellence in Leadership of Learning, university of Indianapolis




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       » Assessing student Progress:
          utilizing data and student Work to make informed decisions in tAP
          Westside Room (Plaza Level)
          the examination of value-added data, teacher evaluation data and student work is integral to determining
          the effectiveness of instructional strategies. this session will explore the process for utilizing teacher data and
          student work in cluster in a purposeful way and how this process can aid the data-driven decision-making
          crucial to increasing student achievement.

          facilitator
          anissa rodriguez, senior Program specialist, nIet

          Panelists
          Juanita Collins, Master teacher, neal elementary school, texas
          Jamie eskow, Master teacher, northwest Middle school, tennessee
          davita Lancelin, Master teacher, Johnston street elementary school, Louisiana



       » Cluster development time
          Olympic Ballroom I (Plaza Level)
          Quality development time is essential for teachers to successfully transfer their cluster learning to the classroom.
          this critical phase of cluster is often shortened or underdeveloped. this session will focus on the development
          portion of the cluster protocol and offer ideas and examples for making this time meaningful and aligned to
          the taP system.

          facilitators
          Vicky Condalary, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP
          Christy Martino, taP regional Coordinator, Center of excellence in Leadership of Learning,
                  university of Indianapolis



       » the tAP mentor teacher (Part 1)
          Olympic Ballroom II (Plaza Level)
          the mentor role has been called the hardest job in taP. this session will focus exclusively on this unique and
          extremely important position. Mentors and those interested in supporting the mentor role will begin to identify
          high- and low-impact practices, learn to triage for different levels of mentoring and receive an opportunity to
          set concrete goals for the future. this training is recommended for educators in second- and third-year taP
          schools.

          facilitators
          tamra shaw, Master teacher, horizon Community Learning Center, arizona
          James snyder, Project director, nIet




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       » lesson Analysis (Part 1)
          Constellation Ballroom I (Plaza Level)
          Lesson analysis is a powerful tool that can assist taP system evaluators in identifying a lesson’s objectives, sub-
          objectives, activity alignment and evidence of student mastery. Participants will learn the steps necessary to carry
          out the lesson analysis process in order to effectively identify and coach best instructional practices. Participants
          will also see the tool modeled based on classroom instruction, identify taP Instructional rubric connections and
          have the opportunity to discuss implications for their current practice with other taP practitioners.

          facilitators
          Jill Crain, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP
          stephanie Mosqueda, Coordinator of Principal Leadership and Program development, texas taP



       » Coaching and the Cluster observation rubric (Part 1)
          Constellation Ballroom II (Plaza Level)
          The Cluster Observation Rubric is a powerful way for cluster leaders to self-reflect and for other TAP Leadership
          team members to provide feedback on a regular basis. this session will apply the Cluster observation rubric to
          video clips of cluster group meetings and discuss its role as a coaching and evaluation tool.

          facilitators
          susan Couch, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP
          trish shealy, regional Master teacher, south Carolina taP




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10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
tAP Concurrent sessions, Block e
Sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please select another session if the room is at capacity.
Note that certain sessions are offered in two parts, Part 1 and Part 2. Attendance in Part 1 is necessary to attend Part 2.


» triumphs and Challenges of first year tAP implementation:
    instructionally focused Accountability
    Pacific Room (California Level)
    taP’s instructionally focused accountability system holds teachers accountable for their instructional practices
    and the achievement of their students while providing a support structure to reinforce strengths and identify
    areas of improvement. Panelists from taP schools will discuss how to implement the taP evaluation system
    and how increased accountability has led to improved instruction and learning.

    facilitator
    nicole Bolen, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP

    Panelists
    nikii guerra, Master teacher, dessau elementary school, texas
    amanda Mayeaux, Master teacher, glen oaks Middle school, Louisiana
    Larry Minor, Master teacher, Lanier elementary school, Louisiana
    Julia norsworthy, Mentor teacher, Ben Milam elementary school, texas



» How to Create and maintain inter-rater reliability
    Palisades Room (California Level)
    taP’s data management system, Code, provides valuable teacher evaluation data to taP Leadership teams.
    CODE data analysis helps schools target specific instructional needs across their campuses. Given the
    importance of teacher evaluation data, this session will focus on the use of Code data in leadership team
    meetings to help build inter-rater reliability and monitor for score inflation.

    facilitator
    faydra alexander, taP director, algiers Charter schools association, Louisiana

    Panelists
    Lynn Kuykendall, Master teacher, Clinton elementary school, south Carolina
    henderson Lewis, Principal, algiers technology academy, Louisiana
    helena Mosely, Principal, rosa Parks/Millbrook elementary school, texas




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       » the role of the tAP master teacher
          Brentwood Room (California Level)
          taP schools have pioneered the introduction of a new position in schools: the master teacher. this position is
          often cited by practitioners as the most integral for successful taP implementation. experienced taP master
          teachers will discuss their roles and responsibilities and provide a clear understanding as to the purpose and
          specificity of their role. The facilitator will share several policies and processes for ensuring that the most
          effective master teachers are selected and trained. Panelists will also share how the master teacher works with
          the rest of the taP Leadership team to ensure excellent instructional practices at their schools.

          facilitator
          Betsy fera, Professional advancement director, arizona state university

          Panelists
          Juanita Collins, Master teacher, neal elementary school, texas
          deania McMillian, Master teacher, north desoto Middle school, Louisiana
          Monique Wild, Master teacher, donaldsonville high school, Louisiana



       » the long-range Plan rubric (Part 2)
          Bel-Air Room (California Level)
          The Long-Range Plan Rubric, when applied appropriately, can be the link between field testing and cluster
          planning. This session will help participants understand the requirements for a proficient long-range plan and,
          perhaps most importantly, how the taP Leadership team can use the Long-range Plan rubric to support master
          teachers and cluster planning.

          facilitators
          Margo dalimonte, executive Master teacher, Knox County schools, tennessee
          elizabeth Woodall, executive Master teacher, texas taP



       » effective tAP implementation: the Principal’s Perspective
          Encino Room (California Level)
          research shows that the principal’s knowledge, support and commitment to any initiative or school reform
          model are vital to the fidelity and success of implementation. Participants will hear from TAP principals who
          will share their successes and challenges at leading systemic school change. this includes a shift in culture,
          accountability and support.

          facilitator
          tammy Kreuz, executive director, texas taP

          Panelists
          Monica Boudouin, Principal, dwight d. eisenhower academy of global studies, Louisiana
          Brenda romines, Principal, Clinton elementary school, south Carolina
          Mike savage, Principal, audelia Creek elementary school, texas



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       » Beginning Principles of Coaching (Part 2)
          Westwood Room (California Level)
          Coaching is an integral support mechanism for teachers at all levels and administrators in taP schools. focused on
          the principles and tenets of effective coaching, this session is ideal for a novice coach in the taP process. the training
          is recommended for educators in first- and second-year TAP schools.

          facilitator
          dennis dotterer, executive director, south Carolina taP


       » related Arts and special education in tAP
          Sherman Oaks Room (California Level)
          specialists and special area teachers are involved in each element of the taP system in order to ensure student
          achievement. In taP schools, specialists must have strong instructional knowledge in addition to their content
          knowledge. Panelists will discuss their experiences as special area teachers or leaders of specialist clusters in taP schools.

          facilitator
          nicole Bevilacqua, training Coordinator, texas taP

          Panelists
          rebecca Curtis, Mentor teacher, holston Middle school, tennessee
          stacey Johnson, Mentor teacher, thornwell school for the arts, south Carolina
          Lesa Paille-seal, Master teacher, abney elementary school, Louisiana


       » Consultancy Protocol: insight from tAP Practitioners (Part 2)
          Directors I & II (South Mezzanine Level)
          taP practitioners from around the country will provide other taP mentors, masters and administrators with
          verbal feedback about their successes and common challenges. this training is recommended for educators in
          taP schools that are in their third year and beyond.

          facilitators
          Phoebe Bailey, taP Project director, Colorado springs school district 11, Colorado
          tami Jenkins, regional Coordinator, texas taP




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       » Continuing the success of tAP: Beyond five years of implementation
          Park Room (South Mezzanine Level)
          successful school reform is measured not only by improved student outcomes, but also by a shift in school
          culture. these changes often take several years. But what happens to the dynamic of reform once a school has
          been implementing TAP for five years or more? This session will focus on taking TAP to the next level at your
          school. Learning from the experiences of teachers and administrators, attendees will come away ready to refine
          taP’s elements and maintain the positive changes to school culture to ensure that all students achieve their
          goals.

          facilitator
          Karen Bucher, Principal, hazel Park/hilda Knoff elementary school, Louisiana

          Panelists
          thomas Brown, Principal, holston Middle school, tennessee
          Jennifer Morillo, Principal, Beaufort elementary school, south Carolina
          arneice renwick, regional Master teacher, south Carolina taP


       » triumphs and Challenges of first year tAP implementation:
          Professional development
          Governors II (South Mezzanine Level)
          unlike the traditional model of professional development that is common in most schools, taP provides
          teachers with a system of professional development that is ongoing, job-embedded, collaborative, student-
          centered, relevant and led by expert instructors. taP’s ongoing applied professional growth relies on teacher
          evaluation and student assessment data to guide professional growth activities for taP teachers. taP school
          practitioners will discuss what it takes to get cluster started at a school and their success in implementing it.

          facilitator
          sue Way, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP

          Panelists
          sara greene, Master teacher, holston Middle school, tennessee
          Pamela rhodes, Master teacher, Chestnut oaks Middle school, south Carolina
          Kathryn rice, Principal, Pointe Coupee Central high school, Louisiana



       » the tAP leadership team observation rubric (Part 2)
          Plaza Pavilion (Plaza Level)
          the taP Leadership team (tLt) observation rubric is an effective and actionable tool that can be used for
          coaching and evaluation of tLt meetings. this training will delve deeply into the tLt observation rubric,
          clarifying the expectations of tLt meetings and how this tool can be used to monitor them. this training is
          recommended for administrators.

          facilitators
          teddy Broussard, senior Program specialist, nIet
          Jennifer oliver, Indiana taP director, Center of excellence in Leadership of Learning, university of Indianapolis

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       » the refinement Area of Post-Conference
          Olympic Ballroom I (Plaza Level)
          The heart of the post-conference is the refinement area. The refinement area provides teachers with an
          opportunity to receive quality coaching in order to effectively improve instruction. this session examines various
          techniques and examples for structuring the refinement area of the post-conference.

          facilitator
          Margaret Leaf, assistant Principal, edna Karr Charter high school, Louisiana


       » the tAP mentor teacher (Part 2)
          Olympic Ballroom II (Plaza Level)
          the mentor role has been called the hardest job in taP. this session will focus exclusively on this unique and
          extremely important position. Mentors and those interested in supporting the mentor role will begin to identify
          high- and low-impact practices, learn to triage for different levels of mentoring and receive an opportunity to set
          concrete goals for the future. this training is recommended for educators in second- and third-year taP schools.

          facilitators
          tamra shaw, Master teacher, horizon Community Learning Center, arizona
          James snyder, Project director, nIet


       » lesson Analysis (Part 2)
          Constellation Ballroom I (Plaza Level)
          Lesson analysis is a powerful tool that can assist taP system evaluators in identifying a lesson’s objectives, sub-
          objectives, activity alignment and evidence of student mastery. Participants will learn the steps necessary to carry
          out the lesson analysis process in order to effectively identify and coach best instructional practices. Participants
          will also see the tool modeled based on classroom instruction, identify taP Instructional rubric connections and
          have the opportunity to discuss implications for their current practice with other taP practitioners.

          facilitators
          Jill Crain, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP
          stephanie Mosqueda, Coordinator of Principal Leadership and Program development, texas taP


       » Coaching and the Cluster observation rubric (Part 2)
          Constellation Ballroom II (Plaza Level)
          The Cluster Observation Rubric is a powerful way for cluster leaders to self-reflect and for other TAP Leadership
          team members to provide feedback on a regular basis. this session will apply the Cluster observation rubric to
          video clips of cluster group meetings and discuss its role as a coaching and evaluation tool.

          facilitators
          susan Couch, executive Master teacher, Louisiana taP
          trish shealy, regional Master teacher, south Carolina taP



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                           lowell milken
                           Lowell Milken’s reputation as a visionary leader of education reform has been honed by more than
                           three decades of education research, policy and practices—as well as firsthand visits to thousands
                           of classrooms and the creation of major national initiatives.

                           under Lowell’s guidance since its establishment in 1982, the Milken family foundation has become
                           one of the nation’s most innovative private foundations, developing groundbreaking programs in K-12
                           education and medical research as well as helping to fund more than 1,000 organizations worldwide
                           with compatible missions.

                            among his contributions to strengthening K-12 education, Lowell conceived the Milken educator
Awards, first presented in 1987, to recognize the importance of outstanding educators and to encourage talented young people to
choose teaching as a career. With a network of 2,500 recipients, the Milken educator awards is the nation’s preeminent teacher
recognition program, coined “the oscars of teaching” by Teacher Magazine.

Recognizing that sufficient numbers of quality teachers would never result from current education practices, Lowell introduced
taP™: the system for teacher and student advancement in 1999 as a comprehensive research-based strategy to attract, develop,
motivate and retain high-quality teachers for america’s schools. By creating an environment with powerful and sustained oppor-
tunities for career advancement, professional growth, teacher accountability and competitive compensation, taP’s proven system
impacts over 20,000 teachers and 200,000 students across the country.

Based on taP’s rapid growth, strong results and high demand, Lowell established the national Institute for excellence in teaching
(nIet) in 2005 as an independent public charity to operate taP. equipped with a staff drawn from education and business, nIet
forges partnerships with schools, governments, corporations and foundations to ensure taP’s effectiveness and sustainability in a
diverse set of schools across america. President Barack obama has highlighted the “promising work” of taP in helping to ensure
that “anyone entrusted with educating our children is doing the job as well as it can be done.”

the Lowell Milken Center discovers, develops and communicates the stories of unsung heroes who have made a profound and
positive difference on the course of history. through student-driven project-based learning, people throughout america and the
world learn that each of us has the responsibility and the power to take actions that “repair the world” by improving the lives of
others. founded in 2007 in partnership with Milken educator norman Conard (Ks ’92), the LM Center has engaged more than
3,000 schools in all 50 states and several countries.

further education efforts championed by Lowell include the Lowell Milken high tech Los angeles, a public charter school that
engages students with a rigorous curriculum rich in technology and complemented by real-world internships. Officially dedicated
in 2004, high tech Los angeles achieved California distinguished school status in record time. the state-of-the-art Milken Community
high school is a private Jewish day school based in Los angeles and known nationally for its college preparatory curriculum.

recognition for Lowell’s achievements in education has included awards from organizations such as the national association of
state Boards of education, the horace Mann League, the national association of secondary school Principals, the Jewish theo-
logical seminary and the uCLa school of Law. hebrew union College presented him with an honorary doctor of humane Letters.

named by Worth magazine as one of america’s most generous philanthropists, Lowell is also an involved businessman who
chairs London-based heron International, a worldwide leader in property development, and Knowledge universe, Inc., a leading
company in early childhood education and educational programs and services.

Lowell Milken is a product of California’s public school system, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the
university of California, Berkeley, where he received the school of Business administration’s Most outstanding student award.
he earned his law degree from the university of California, Los angeles, with the distinctions of order of the Coif and UCLA Law
Review. his four sons inspire and deepen his commitment to quality educational opportunities for all young people.

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                         Cynthia g. Brown
                        Cynthia g. Brown is the vice president for education policy at the Center for american
                        Progress. Brown has spent over 35 years addressing high-quality, equitable public educa-
                         tion. Prior to joining the Center, she was an independent consultant. from 1986-2001,
                        Brown served as director of the resource Center on educational equity of the Council of
                        Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). She was appointed by President Carter as the first
                        assistant secretary for Civil rights in the u.s. department of education (1980). Prior to
                         that position, she was principal deputy of the HEW Office for Civil Rights. She has also
                        worked for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil rights under Law and the Children’s de-
fense fund. Brown has a master’s in public administration from the Maxwell school at syracuse university and a
bachelor’s from oberlin College. she serves on the boards of the american Youth Policy forum and hyde Leader-
ship Public Charter school as well as the education advisory Committee for Boys and girls Clubs of america.




                         steve Cantrell
                          Steve Cantrell is the senior program officer for research and evaluation at the Bill & Melinda
                          gates foundation. he manages grants and contracts focused on teaching effectiveness,
                          including the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project. As a chief program officer at
                          Learning Point associates, he directed the regional educational Laboratory – Midwest. as
                          chief research scientist for the Los Angeles Unified School District, he directed researchers
                          in school reform policy, policy analysis and the implementation of mathematics and science
                          initiatives. additionally, Cantrell has taught at uCLa’s graduate school of Public Policy.
                          Cantrell’s work has been influenced by his experience as a middle school teacher and his
service on the Coalition of essential schools and the annenberg Institute for school reform. he has directed or co-
directed research projects that have received funding from the u.s. department of education, Institute of education
sciences, national science foundation, spencer foundation and the national Board for Professional teaching
standards. he holds degrees from Brown university (a.B., economics) and the university of southern California
(Ph.d., Public administration).




                         jason Culbertson
                         formerly the executive director of south Carolina taP, Jason Culbertson is the senior vice
                         president of school services for nIet. In this position, he works closely with nIet senior
                         management to support all aspects of school operations, including taP trainings, school
                         reviews and evaluation and other school services. In his prior position, Culbertson helped
                         dramatically expand taP in south Carolina and ensure its effective implementation. he
                         played an integral role in securing the state $40 million in federal teacher Incentive fund
                         dollars to expand and enhance TAP. Prior to this position, he was the first teacher to move
                          through taP’s career path—from career to mentor to master teacher. Culbertson has been
interviewed about taP for TIME Magazine, U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek. he has also spoken at various
national events and provided testimony to education committees on the effectiveness of performance pay. Culbertson
holds undergraduate degrees in history and political science and an M.ed. from the university of south Carolina, as
well as an educational specialist degree in administration.


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                         glenn daley
                        as senior researcher for nIet, glenn daley is responsible for carrying out internal
                        research activities for nIet and taP, including oversight of data collection and systems.
                        Prior to joining nIet, daley worked in the program evaluation and research branch of
                        the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), including two years as the director of
                        research and evaluation. Before going to work at Lausd, he carried out an evaluation of
                        a large-scale K-12 teacher preparation and professional development collaborative in Los
                        angeles. he has also taught economics at the university of southern California, served 11
                        years as a teacher and administrator in adult vocational schools in oregon and worked as
an information technology manager, consultant and technical writer. Daley is finishing his Ph.D. in policy analysis
at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He holds an M.B.A. in public, private and non-profit management from the
atkinson school at Willamette university and a B.a. in english from stanford university.




                         dennis dotterer
                           dennis dotterer is the executive director of south Carolina taP within the south
                           Carolina department of education. In this position, dotterer oversees 73 schools
                           implementing taP as well as expansion efforts through grant opportunities and school,
                           district and state initiatives. as a part of the south Carolina department of education,
                           he also engages in other activities focused on teacher and school quality, including
                           federal teacher Incentive fund grants and other state-level, value-added initiatives.
                           Prior to this role, dotterer was the associate state taP director and has been involved
                           with taP since its inception in south Carolina in 2001. throughout his career, dotterer
has served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal at both the elementary and middle school levels. he holds
a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Clemson university, as well as a master’s degree in gifted and
talented education and an educational specialist degree in administration and supervision from Converse College.




                         trenise duvernay
                         trenise duvernay is a master teacher at alice M. harte Charter school in the algiers
                         Charter schools association in new orleans, Louisiana. as a member of the school’s
                         taP Leadership team, duvernay works closely with elementary and middle school math
                         and enrichment teachers to increase student achievement. Currently in its fifth year of
                         taP implementation, alice M. harte Charter school has experienced consistent student
                         achievement growth. for the 2009-10 year, staff and students celebrated a value-added
                         achievement growth score of “5,” the highest score possible and signifying “far above
                         average” results compared to similar schools in the state.




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                          kati Haycock
                          Kati haycock serves as president of the education trust, established in 1996 to work for
                          the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-K through college. the
                          organization’s goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign too
                          many low-income students and students of color to lives on the margins of the american
                          mainstream. Before coming to the education trust, haycock served as the executive vice
                          president of the Children’s defense fund. a native Californian, she founded and served as
                          president of the achievement Council, a statewide organization that provided assistance to
                          teachers and principals in predominantly minority schools in improving student achievement.
She also served as director of outreach and student affirmative action programs for the University of California system.
haycock has received numerous awards for her service and serves as a director on several education-related boards,
including the Carnegie foundation for the advancement of teaching, the new teacher Project and the hunt Institute.




                          Craig d. jerald
                          Craig Jerald is the founder and president of Break the Curve Consulting, which specializes in
                          education policy, communications, research and practice. his clients include the national
                          governors association, the Bill & Melinda gates foundation, the national Institute for
                          excellence in teaching, the education trust, achieve Inc., the Council of Chief state school
                          Officers and many others. Prior to founding Break the Curve Consulting, Jerald was a
                          principal partner at the education trust, where he worked extensively on issues related to
                          teacher quality, accountability, federal education policy and the practices of high-performing
                          schools and districts. as a senior editor at Education Week from 1996 to 2000, Jerald founded
and managed the organization’s research division and helped create and oversee Education Week’s special annual
reports series, Quality Counts and Technology Counts. he also has worked at the u.s. department of education. Jerald
began his career as a middle school teacher of language arts, history and mathematics in California’s Long Beach
Unified School District.




                          tammy kreuz
                          as the executive director of texas taP, dr. tammy Kreuz provides oversight of taP
                          implementation in texas schools. Kreuz previously served as the director for educator quality
                          initiatives at the Institute for Public school Initiatives at the university of texas system. In
                          this role, she managed the technical assistance program for the district awards for teacher
                          excellence (d.a.t.e.) program in partnership with the texas education agency (tea). Prior to
                          these roles, Kreuz served as a program manager in the Office of Education Initiatives at the
                          tea, where her responsibilities included management and oversight of the Limited english
                          Proficient (LEP) Student Success Initiative and the Teacher Quality Initiative. Kreuz also
served as director of special projects for educational technology and as a school financial auditor for the TEA. She has
taught high school business classes and served as an elementary school technology program manager. Kreuz holds a
B.B.a. in accounting and an M.B.a. from texas state university at san Marcos. she also holds a Ph.d. in educational
administration from the university of texas at austin.


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                          davita lancelin
                          davita Lancelin is a taP master teacher at Johnston street elementary school in new Iberia,
                          Louisiana. Lancelin has been an educator for 13 years. nine of the 13 years were spent as a
                          classroom teacher, two as a title I master teacher and two as a taP master teacher. Lancelin
                          received a bachelor of arts in elementary education from southern university a&M College
                          in Baton rouge, Louisiana, and a master’s in educational leadership from the university of
                          Louisiana at Lafayette.




                          dale mann
                          dale Mann, Ph.d., is Professor emeritus at Columbia university (teachers College and
                           the school for International & Public affairs) and the managing director of Interactive, Inc.
                           since 1985, Mann has concentrated in developing and evaluating gains from e-learning,
                          a field in which he has been identified as one of America’s ten most influential leaders.
                          Mann has been involved with school improvement since the 1960s when his Washington
                           service included responsibility as special analyst for education in the Executive Office
                          of President Lyndon Johnson and work implementing the elementary and secondary
                          education act (esea). Mann is the founding chair of the International Congress for school
effectiveness, focused on improving schools for the neediest children. With the soros foundation and World
Bank, he created networks of administrators to reform the national school systems of russia, ukraine, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania and estonia. Interactive, Inc. is listed on the u.s. department of education’s
Institute of education science “gold standard” registry of outcome evaluators and has completed more than 200
evaluations of education improvement programs.




                          Anthony milanowski
                          anthony Milanowski is an assistant scientist with the Wisconsin Center for education
                          research at the university of Wisconsin-Madison. Milanowski has been doing research on
                          teacher compensation, teacher evaluation, the cost of teacher turnover, the alignment of
                          human resource programs and other aspects of human resource management in education
                          since 1997. from 1999 to 2007, he coordinated research on standards-based teacher
                          evaluation and performance pay for the Consortium for Policy research in education’s
                          teacher Compensation Project. he was co-principal investigator of an Ies-funded study of
                          principal performance evaluation. recent projects have included a study of the school-level
human resource management practices and a review of teacher performance assessment systems. Milanowski is also
on the technical assistance staff of the Center for educator Compensation reform, which provides support to the u.s.
department of education’s teacher Incentive fund grantees. he received a Ph.d. in industrial relations and an M.a.
in public policy from the university of Wisconsin-Madison. Before coming to the Wisconsin Center for education
research, Milanowski worked as a human resource management professional for 16 years.

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                         Anthony Wilder miller
                          anthony Wilder Miller is the u.s. deputy secretary of education. Prior to this position, Miller
                          had been an operating partner since 2007 with Silver Lake, a private investment firm. From
                          2003-06, Miller was the executive vice president of operations with Lrn Corporation, a pro-
                          vider of governance and compliance software and legal research services. Prior to Lrn, he
                          worked at McKinsey & Company, specializing in growth strategies, operating performance
                          improvement and restructuring for companies. Miller also worked for delco electronics, a sub-
                          sidiary of gM hughes electronics. Miller’s experience in education includes work with the Los
                          Angeles Unified School District from 1997 to 2000, developing student achievement goals and
strategies; aligning budgets and operating plans; and designing metrics and processes for monitoring districtwide perfor-
mance. He undertook similar work with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Miller was an ex officio mem-
ber of the Board of education of the City of Los angeles’ Budget and finance Committee in 2002 and 2003. he holds an
M.B.a. from stanford’s graduate school of Business and a bachelor’s in industrial engineering from Purdue university.




                         lynn olson
                           Lynn olson is the special assistant to the director of education at the Bill & Melinda gates
                           foundation and the interim deputy director of the empowering effective teachers team. Prior
                           to joining the foundation, Ms. olson was a writer and editor for 24 years at Education Week.
                           she received awards from the Consortium for Policy research in education, education Writers
                           association, national association of secondary school Principals and International reading
                           association. during her time at Education Week, olson served as the executive project editor
                           for Quality Counts and Diplomas Count. from 2002-09, olson was a board member of the
                           Carnegie foundation for the advancement of teaching. from 1980-84, she worked as a staff
writer and editor for the Children’s defense fund, where she also specialized in child welfare and mental health policies.
olson is the author of The School to Work Revolution: How Employers and Educators Are Joining Forces to Prepare
Tomorrow’s Skilled Workforce, published in 1997. she graduated from Yale university in 1980 with a degree in psychology.




                         Paul Pastorek
                          Paul Pastorek is Louisiana’s state superintendent of education. Pastorek served on the state
                          Board of elementary and secondary education (Bese) from 1996-2004, including the last
                          three years as president. on his departure from the board, Louisiana was noted as having
                          the best-rated statewide accountability program in the united states. Pastorek’s dedication to
                          improving public education in Louisiana spans 20 years. he started as a passionate volunteer
                          in a new orleans inner-city junior high school and began working through the new orleans
                          Chamber of Commerce to push for improvements. his work caught the attention of governor
                          Mike foster, who appointed him to Bese. after stepping down in 2004, Pastorek formed next
Horizon, a non-profit, statewide think tank to connect Louisiana’s leadership in education, government, business and
community as a force supporting school improvement. Pastorek is an attorney, licensed since 1979, and has been
associated with adams and reese for more than 27 years. In february 2002, he was appointed by President george W.
Bush to serve as general counsel to nasa.


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                         michael savage
                            Michael savage is the principal of audelia Creek elementary school in the richardson Inde-
                            pendent School District (RISD), Texas. Audelia Creek’s achievements and fidelity to TAP under
                            savage’s leadership earned the school the taP founder’s award in 2010. Prior to joining aude-
                            lia Creek, savage was principal at o. henry elementary school and administrator at hamilton
                            Park Pacesetter Magnet and Lake highlands elementary school. he taught physical education
                            in richardson until 1993 and was a convocation speaker for the district in 1992. savage at-
                            tended d.C. teachers College and graduated with a bachelor of science in physical educa-
                            tion. he received a master’s in physical education from southern Methodist university and an
administrative certificate from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Savage was the physical education vice president for
the state of texas, teacher of the Year at hamilton Park and recipient of the 2010 administrative excellence award from
rIsd’s excellence in education foundation.




                         tamara schiff
                          tamara schiff is responsible for nIet’s research and evaluation activities. she leads
                          internal research efforts as well as oversees various external research and evaluation
                          projects related to the implementation of taP. In addition, schiff is responsible for the
                          annual national taP Conference. schiff has authored and edited numerous monographs
                          and articles on educational issues, including attitudinal results from taP teachers and
                          principals. she is active in the Milken educator awards program through her participation
                          in the selection process and National Notifications, and her contributions to the Milken
                          national education forums. schiff serves on the board of trustees for the Milken Community
high school where she heads the education Committee. she also serves on the board of directors for high tech Los
Angeles, a charter high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Schiff received her Ph.D. in education
from uCLa.




                         gary stark
                          As president and chief executive officer, Dr. Gary Stark is responsible for the management,
                          operations and performance of nIet. With his diverse educational background at all levels,
                          stark plays an integral role fostering partnerships and works hand in hand with district, state
                          and federal officials across the country on all aspects of TAP’s comprehensive school reform
                          effort. Stark was formerly NIET’s chief operating officer for two years and served in various
                          senior management roles with NIET and TAP since 2001. He has testified before school boards,
                          legislative committees, members of Congress and non-profit foundation boards, as well as
                          served on review committees and monitored teams for the u.s. department of education
and state education agencies. stark was an assistant professor and special assistant to the u.s. assistant secretary of
education as well as a building-level principal, assistant principal and classroom teacher. stark is a past board member
of the arkansas association of educational administrators and past president of the arkansas association of Middle
Level administrators. he received a national Milken educator award in 2001 and holds a doctorate in educational
administration from the university of arkansas.

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                          sheila talamo
                           sheila talamo serves as executive director of Louisiana taP. Prior to this position, talamo served
                           the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) as the assistant superintendent for the Office of
                           Quality Educators, the director of the Division of Teacher Certification and Preparation and the
                           director of the Louisiana Center for educational technology. she has been instrumental in the
                           development of the Louisiana Virtual school, teach Louisiana, the Leadtech leadership project for
                           school administrators, the Louisiana National Board Certification initiative and various professional
                           development programs. talamo has 37 years of experience in education: 23 in K-12 as a
                           secondary school mathematics teacher and high school principal; two as the state mathematics
coordinator for the Louisiana systemic Initiatives Program (LasIP); and 12 at the Ldoe. talamo received a bachelor of
science in mathematics education from Louisiana state university and a master’s degree in supervision and administration
from nicholls state university. she has completed coursework at the university of Virginia, the education development
Center edtech Leaders online Program and the university of California, Los angeles's online teaching program.




                          Andrea thomas-reynolds
                          andrea thomas-reynolds, ed.d., is Ceo for the algiers Charter schools association (aCsa).
                          Thomas-Reynolds has a background in education, higher education, non-profit management
                          and community economic development, as well as more than 13 years of experience
                          working with charter schools in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, georgia and Maryland. thomas-
                          reynolds’ leadership in the aCsa network has impacted the achievement of over 5,000
                          students and has provided quality service to school employees, parents, students and
                          the local community. she serves on the Louisiana department of education's trailblazer
                          Initiative and the advisory Committee on educator evaluation, as well as the Louisiana
Master Plan educational standards review Committee. a native of avondale, Louisiana, and a graduate of the
Jefferson Parish Public school system, she earned a bachelor of science from Louisiana state university, an M.B.a.
from Loyola university of new orleans, a master of science in community economic development from southern
hampshire university and a doctorate in educational leadership from the university of Pennsylvania.




                          kristan van Hook
                          as the senior vice president for public policy and development at nIet, Kristan Van hook
                          develops and implements strategies to build support for nIet’s education initiatives,
                          including teacher quality and performance compensation. she has over 15 years of
                          experience in government and public policy. she worked for the chairman of the house
                          energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on telecommunications and finance
                          for five years and then served as the director of congressional affairs for the National
                          telecommunications and Information administration within the u.s. department of
                          Commerce. In this role, she worked on administration initiatives in education technology.
In 1997, Van Hook started a successful public policy firm, representing corporate and non-profit clients in
communications and education and served as the executive director for the Partnership for 21st Century skills,
a coalition of business, community and education organizations. Van hook graduated from dartmouth College
and the Kennedy school of government at harvard university.


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                          Alma velez
                           alma Velez is currently serving her second year as principal at anson Jones elementary
                           school in Bryan, texas. she has served at anson Jones elementary her entire education
                           career, teaching 4th-grade bilingual for four years and 4th-grade dual language for three.
                           Velez also worked as lead mentor for new teachers and dual language coordinator. as
                           dual language coordinator, she started the program at anson Jones and monitored its
                           implementation throughout the years. Before becoming principal, Velez served as a
                           TAP master teacher in the first year of implementing the reform system. She credits the
                           knowledge and leadership she gained as a taP master teacher for equipping her well
as principal. Velez has been a featured taP speaker in Washington, d.C., and at nIet conferences and trainings.
she received a master’s in educational administration from sam houston state university.




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tAP mission statement

taP™: the system for teacher and student
advancement is dedicated to attracting, developing,
motivating and retaining high-caliber educators in
order to raise achievement levels for all students.


Launched in 1999 by the Milken family foundation
and now operated by the national Institute
for excellence in teaching (nIet), taP seeks to
restructure and revitalize the profession by creating
an environment in which teachers and students
alike can thrive. It does so by offering educators
sustained opportunities for career advancement,
ongoing school-based professional development,
instructionally focused accountability and
performance pay.


taP builds broad-based support among educators,
union leaders, policymakers, corporations,
governments, foundations and individuals to help
close achievement gaps and ensure a quality
educational opportunity for all students.




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            niet Professional staff

         Lowell Milken            Gary Stark
  Chairman and founder            President and Ceo

           Tamara Schiff          Kristan Van Hook
   senior Vice President,         senior Vice President,
 research and evaluation          Public Policy and development

        Jason Culbertson          Glenn Daley
    senior Vice President,        senior researcher
          school services

         Teddy Broussard          Anissa Rodriguez
senior Program specialist         senior Program specialist

           James Snyder           Sarah Shoff
         Project director         Policy associate

           Debbie White           Monica Mean
        Project Manager,          director of special Projects
     Business operations

             Lisa Shapiro         Lydia Kim
senior Program associate          senior research associate

      Stephanie Ferguson          Geneva Galloway
senior research associate         Program Manager,
                                  school services
         Jessica Doshna
  administrative assistant




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Acknowledgments

We would like to acknowledge the staff of the Milken family foundation and execpro Information
services for their commitment, dedication and valuable contributions to this Conference.



        milken educator Awards                             Creative services
        Jane foley                                         Larry Lesser
        Jeremiah davis                                     gayl abbey
        greg gallagher                                     Paul Bliese
        nona hale                                          Josh edelmann
        susan Marraffa                                     grant gottschall
                                                           Jeff gust
                                                           Michael hillman
        Communications                                     Jeffrey Ignarro
        Bonnie somers                                      doug Johnson
        Jana rausch                                        Wayne Konecki
                                                           gus Luna
                                                           Malena Luongo
        execpro information services
                                                           Kerri Manus
        Bob Bender
                                                           nancy Matson
        Bill Prigge
                                                           rosivaldo novaes
        tony Bui
                                                           gary Panas
        Jason damiano
                                                           Katie Papp
        eric ediger
                                                           nikki Parker
        Jose gomez
                                                          adrian rudloff
        fredy herrera
                                                           Carlos Velasquez
        scott horton
        eric Kuhlmann
        doug Wilson




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notes




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TAP™: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement
An initiative of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 570-4860
www.tapsystem.org
www.tapsystemtraining.org

				
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