OASSP/OMLEA Leadership & Learning Conference

The OASSP/OMLEA Leadership & Learning Conference is a two-day professional development event geared to the needs of secondary and middle level administrators and teachers.

Because we are currently at conference capacity, we are not able to offer onsite registration at this time. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Murphy at 405-524-1191.

$149 (Members) $248 (Non-Members)
Teachers of OASSP/OMLEA Administration Members may attend at member price.
Lunch is included in the registration fee!

Join secondary principals and educators from across Oklahoma for this combined conference on leadership and learning at the Moore Norman Technology Center South Penn Campus located at 13301 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73170, on Thursday, February 7 and Friday, February 8, 2019.

Day 1: Principal & Teacher Leadership
Edcamp sessions with principals and lessons in leadership with keynote speaker Jeff Zoul, author of 10 Principles for Leading Exceptional Schools. Also, special greetings from NASSP President Christine Handy!

Day 2: Middle-Level Best Practices
*Breakouts on best practices for middle level educators and with keynote presentations from Jack Berckemeyer, author of Joy in the Middle: Deliberate Optimism for Educators.

Interested in presenting a breakout session? Want to be purchase an exhibitor table? Nominating an OMLEA Educator of the Year? Email charlotte@ccosa for forms and applications.

*Please click here if you would like to submit a Request for Presentation.

CLICK HERE to book your room at the nearby Hampton Inn Suites. Please use the group code "OKC" to get the CCOSA room rate.

Special Greetings from NASSP President Christine Handy!
Dr. Christine Handy is principal of Gaithersburg High School in Gaithersburg, MD. She believes in creating an equitable environment that cultivates student success, and that it is the job of school leaders to ensure every student is ready to realize their goals, dreams, and aspirations upon concluding their education. In 2003, Handy served as representative for the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). She later served as secretary, president-elect, president, past president, and state coordinator on the executive board. Since 2014, she has served on the NASSP Board of Directors as a regional representative. In 2006, Handy was named the Maryland High School Principal of the Year. She is currently serving as the 2018 President of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Featuring Keynote Speaker Jeff Zoul

Jeff Zoul Dr. Jeffrey Zoul is a lifelong teacher, learner, and leader. During Jeff’s distinguished career in education he has served in a variety of roles, including teacher, coach, principal, and district administrator. Most recently he served as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning with Deerfield Public Schools District 109 in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author/co-author of many books, including What Connected Educators Do Differently and Start. Right. Now. - Teach and Lead for Excellence and The Principled Principal: 10 Principles for Leading Exceptional Schools. Jeff has earned several degrees, including his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts and his doctoral degree from the University of Alabama. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys running and has completed over a dozen marathons.  Jeff is President and Co-Founder of ConnectEDD, which provides coaching and professional learning services and hosts What Great Educators Do Differently conferences throughout the United States and Canada. You can follow Jeff's blog at or connect with him on Twitter @jeff_zoul .

Featuring Keynote Speaker Jack Berckemeyer
A nationally-recognized presenter, author, and humorist, Jack Berckemeyer, began his career as a middle school teacher in Denver, Colorado. Jack brings his energy, humor, and expertise to all staff development as he helps teachers and administrators remember why this job makes a difference. Jack has presented in conference and school district settings both nationally and internationally. Jack served as a judge for the Disney American Teacher Awards and the selection committee for the USA TODAY All Teacher Team. Jack Berckemeyer is known for his motivating, practical ideas communicating a message of hope, laughter, and insight into education. Jack was also the Assistant Executive Director for the National Middle School Association for 13 years and is the author of several books. He lives in Denver, Colorado and has no pets or plants. To contact Jack directly: Berckemeyer Consulting Group |


OASSP/OMLEA Leadership and Learning Conference

February 7-8, 2019

Moore/Norman Technology Center, Penn Campus Conference Center


(Final agenda subject to change) 

Day 1: Leadership - The first day of the conference will be centered on leadership for middle and high school. You are invited to bring administrative team members and teacher-leaders from your building. We will talk about how to create environments, strategies, and practices that empower highly effective instruction. Author and keynote speaker Jeffery Zoul will lead the day with the takeaways from his book, 10 Principles for Leading Exceptional Schools. Christine Handy, NASSP’s President, will also bring greetings. With over twenty-years as a principal in Washington, D.C., urban settings, she has practical solutions for leaders. She will be sharing from NASSP’s updated research on Breaking Ranks: A Field Guide for Leading Change. We will enjoy lunch and learn together through breakout and EdCamp sessions. In the afternoon, Jack Berckemeyer will close out the day with leadership lessons and set the stage for day two when the focus is specifically on middle-level practices.

8:00AM                                   Sign-Ins and Coffee

8:30AM                                   Welcome & Introductions

8:45-10:00AM                        Jeff Zoul Keynote “10 Principles for School Leaders”

10:00-10:15AM                      Break

10:15-11:45AM                      15-minute setup session, followed by 3 rounds of 25 minute EdCamp Sessions for best practices on instructional leadership, culture, senior conferences, response to intervention, trauma-informed practices, restorative discipline practice…

11:45AM-NOON                    Break

NOON-12:45 PM                   Lunch – Legislative Updates

1:00-1:45 PM                         Christine Handy – NASSP President - Building Ranks Presentation                                       

1:45-2:00PM                          Break

2:00-3:30PM                          Closing Keynote with Jack Berckemeyer “Leading in the Middle”

Day 2: Middle-Level Practices - On the second day of our conference, OMLEA will lead the way with Jack Berckemeyer starting the day with lessons from his book, Joy in the Middle: Deliberate Optimism for Educators. This is a great day to include teams of middle-school teachers in attending and presenting. The day will be packed with breakout sessions on middle-level practices, including but not limited to topics like: utilizing technology; public perception/perspective; defusing disruptive parents; student achievement; branding your school; utilizing social media; dealing w/ difficult people; mentoring; social-emotional learning; innovative practices; trauma-informed instruction; and parent/community communication. We will enjoy another great lunch together and end the day with a challenge to join together for a state-wide Middle-Level Kindness Challenge.

8:00AM                                   Sign-Ins and Coffee

8:30AM                                   Welcome & Introductions

8:45AM – 10:00AM                 Jack Berckemeyer keynote “Reclaiming Optimism in the Middle”

10:00-10:10AM                      Break

10:10-11:00AM                      Breakout sessions

11:00-11:10AM                      Break

11:10-12:00 NOON                Breakout sessions

12-1:00 PM                            Lunch – Awards Presentation 

1:10-2:00 PM                         Breakout sessions

2:00-2:10 PM                         Break

2:10-3:30 PM                         Daniel O’Donnell “Middle Level Kindness Challenge” & Closing Comments


Friday, February 8, 2019 BREAKOUT SESSIONS 

Breakout Sessions At-a-Glance*

*Descriptions and presenters listed in the back of program


Trauma Informed Instruction in Oklahoma Schools, Room ABC

Food for Thought: Opportunities to Boost Academic Achievement, Room D


Functional Behavior Assessments that Work, Room 109

Increasing Positive Group Dynamics inside Schools, Room 110

Apple Solutions for Improving Learning and Instruction, Room 111

Increasing Student Achievement through Self-Reflection, Room 112

11:10-12:00 NOON                

Help! I Want to Integrate Technology into My Teaching! Room ABC

I Bully U - Learn FUN and EASY ways to manage BULLYING, Room D

Fostering Empathy in Middle Level Students, Room E

Reading Skills for Struggling Students, Room 109

Best of our Best: Project Based Learning Activities, Room 110

#ELA Hacks – Strategies for Every Classroom Style, Room 111

Student Empowerment: One-School's Approach, Room 112


So, You Want to Be a Principal? Panel Discussion, Room ABC     

What is Individual Career Academic Planning (ICAP)? Room D

How Do I Implement and Maintain a Successful STEAM Lab? Room E

Implementing Action Civics for Middle Level Students, Room 109

Digital Breakout: Escape-Room-Style Learning! Room 110

Effective Student Feedback: Writing across the Curriculum, Room 111

Meeting the Needs of High Achieving Students, Room 112

*Breakout Descriptions and Presenters Listed by Location and Time

Trauma Informed Instruction in Oklahoma Schools, Room ABC,  10:10-11:00AM

Kristin Atchley, Executive Director of Counseling, State Department of Education and Jonathan Atchley, Principal Irving Middle School, Norman Public Schools

Nearly half of Oklahoma’s students have experienced some type of trauma and schools are forced to manage the negative outcomes of trauma experiences. This session will focus on how trauma influences the brain’s response system and how schools can become trauma-informed. Understand how trauma influences the brain. Gain strategies for working effectively with students who have experienced trauma. Learn ways to implement new practices at the middle school level that change the way you may be responding to students experiencing trauma.

Food for Thought: Opportunities to Boost Academic Achievement,Room D, 10:10-11:00AM

Eugenia Chow, Hunger Outreach Specialist, Hunger Free Oklahoma

Each year, $17 million in federal funds are left on the table that could be used to ensure that Oklahoma students aren’t going hungry. This session will provide an overview of the child nutrition programs and why they’re crucial to student success in and out of the classroom. We will also be diving into the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which delivers more than just nutrition. SNAP participation means improving a district’s direct certification rate, improving students’ academic performance, and even receiving fee waivers for the ACT and SAT. This portion of the breakout will present Hunger Free Oklahoma’s SNAP in Schools initiative by creating greater awareness around food insecurity and highlighting the impact this program has had on pilot school districts.

FLIP over GENIUS BREAK-OUT with PEAR and STOPMOTION! Room E, 10:10-11:00AM

Cristin Ashcraft, NBCT Secondary Library Media District Specialist, Waller Middle School and Kitty Herbal, Computer Science & Media Production Teacher, Discoveries Facilitator, Enid Public Schools

Participants of this session will be introduced to FlipGrid, PearDeck, Genius Hour, Breakout EDU, Stop Animation, and Public Speaking for Students in a “TEDx” format and setting.  This session is for all levels, participants will need to bring a device to access and gain more understanding of these exciting technology components which can be easily implemented into any classroom! Gain a new understanding of the value of six new innovative EdTech tools, and learn ways to implement and use these tools right away!

Functional Behavior Assessments that Work, Room 109, 10:10-11:00AM      

Jenny Lin and Tiffany David, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Center for Language and Autism Support Services (CLASS) Oklahoma

Are you struggling with the same behavior problems? This presentation will cover the basics of conducting an effective Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and how they can be used to address behavioral concerns.  Jenny Lin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with extensive training in addressing behavioral concerns in children with autism and related disorders. Learn when to do an FBA, different types of indirect assessments, data collection strategies and analysis, and how to use the results to develop a function based treatment.

Increasing Positive Group Dynamics inside Schools, Room 110, 10:10-11:00AM      

Jennifer Phenicie and BJ McBride, English/Leadership Teacher and Administrative Intern, Doctoral Student, Bixby Public Schools

Building community is one of the most effective ways to see improved outcomes. In this breakout, you will hear some of the best practices for building community and take away various activities to build community among your staff and cheer your students to success. Together we will explore strategies to develop community among staff members as well as ways you can return to school with new tools for encouraging and promoting student success.

Apple Solutions for Improving Learning and Instruction,Room 111, 10:10-11:00AM           

Orlando Aguilar, Sr. Account Executive, Apple, Inc.

As one of the leaders in educational technology, Apple is constantly adapting new applications to help students discover, create, and learn more. Bring your technology with you to this session and discover new resources, innovative solutions and supports that can enhance lessons for every subject area. Learn new strategies that will help your students stay on the cutting-edge and increase learning outcomes. Life-long-learners will enjoy some new takeaways for your own learning as well!

Increasing Student Achievement through Self-Reflection, Room 112, 10:10-11:00AM         

Amber Donaldson, M.Ed. Educational Technology, 8th Grade English Teacher, Yukon Middle School

In this session, we will dig into student self-reflection, and how building relationships can boost confidence and increase student achievement. Through technology, the avenues for gathering reflections are more accessible than ever before. Learn how to give students insight into their own learning and abilities to achieve more than they ever believed.  Walk away with new information on how cultivating reflective relationships with students can significantly improve achievement.

Help! I Want to Integrate Technology into My Teaching! Room ABC, 11:10-12:00 NOON

Dr. Ann Caine- Director of Education Leadership and Anne Beck- Digital Governance Specialist, Oklahoma State School Board Association

Over the past three years, the Oklahoma Library of Digital Resources (OKLDR) has evolved from digital resources used on specific devices, to ePub Open Education Resources (OER) courses that can be used on any device or platform. Come see how you can integrate technology into your lessons by using digital resources directly aligned to Oklahoma Academic Standards, and curated by Oklahoma teachers. Take time to learn up-close about Oklahoma's open education resource, Oklahoma's Library of Digital Resources, which can assist you with technology integration for the courses you teach.

I Bully U - Learn FUN and EASY ways to manage BULLYING, Room D, 11:10-12:00 NOON

Chris Scheufele, Former Teacher, Author, Social Skills Educator, Bullying Expert

Tired of the angry emails and phone calls about bullying? The normal "anti-bullying" strategies aren't working! Chris will show you the simple solutions to empower students, increase resilience and provide a fresh perspective to all types of social emotional conflicts on your campus. Gain an understanding of social conflict in simple, manageable terms. Understand the reasons WHY people are angry. Discover the secret to protect your feelings, the secret to stop mean behavior, and a fun, interactive game to resolve any conflict.

Fostering Empathy in Middle Level Students, Room E, 11:10-12:00 NOON

Jonathan Atchley, Principal Irving Middle School, Norman Public Schools and Christy Cox, Gifted & Talented Specialist, Oklahoma State Department of Education

Is it possible to teach empathy? How do we teach someone to understand or even feel another person's feelings? In this session, we will discuss the power of empathy in today’s world, the role educators play, and everyday instructional strategies that foster empathy. Educators will engage in exploring empathy and the role it plays in the lives of young adolescents. We will also identify what role we, as educators, play in creating environments that foster empathy. Discover instructional strategies that help students develop empathy for others.

Reading Skills for Struggling Students, Room 109, 11:10-12:00 NOON

Amanda Anderson, Interventionist, Irving Middle School and Gwyn Wert, Reading Specialist, Norman Public Schools

Often students slip through the cracks and then end up in a secondary classroom lacking foundational reading skills, hindering their ability to be successful. This session will demonstrate ideas and skills teachers can implement in their classroom to help students learn and increase their basic reading ability. Learn new reading skills and explore ideas you can implement in your classroom to help students who lack foundational skills.

Best of our Best: Project Based Learning Activities, Room 110, 11:10-12:00 NOON

Denise Wilson, Library Media Specialist and Daphne Gaebler, Classroom teacher, Mannford Middle School

Project based learning allows students to delve deeper into the learning process. This collaboration of a library media specialist and classroom teacher have yielded many lessons/projects that are aligned to state standards and engaging to students. If you enjoy involving your students in project based activities, come share our “Best of the Best” and take home new ideas. Our goal is to help teachers find projects that will meet standards while engaging students in active learning.

#ELA Hacks – Strategies for Every Classroom Style, Room 111, 11:10-12:00 NOON

Sarah Hallett, M. Ed. And Eric Dabney, M. Ed., Central Middle School of Edmond Public Schools

Interactive Presentation: Participants may bring their own digital devices! Two different teachers with two different classroom styles (flexible v structured), yet they have the same outcome with their students.  This will be particularly helpful to the new ELA teacher or someone who is struggling with classroom management. Bring your own device to be an active participant. Participants will become familiar with the interactive capabilities of Pear Deckas we present through this digital platform. Participants will be able to go back to their classrooms with new strategies ready to implement for their students – no matter their classroom style.

Student Empowerment: One-School's Approach, Room 112, 11:10-12:00 NOON

Crystal Szymanski, Principal and Abby Land, Chisholm Middle School

During this session, the audience will get a demo of Chisholm Middle School's behavior management and character-building program, including consistent practices across all classrooms, creation and implementation of behavior standards, and using advisory teams to create a building-wide culture of competing for excellence.  Audience members are encouraged to ask questions throughout. Takeaways from this session will include strategies to facilitate consistent behavior management across grade-level teams and/or buildings, strategies to separate behavior from academic grades, and strategies to facilitate student empowerment both individually and through a team approach. Discover how lessons from our journey may help you build a new culture of positive outcomes!

So, You Want to Be a Principal? Panel Discussion, Room ABC, 1:10-2:00PM

Justin Mann, Del Crest Middle School, Adam McPhail, Canton Jr/Sr. High, Diana Lebsack, Yukon Middle School, Jonathan Atchley, Irving Middle School, Norman Public, William D. Parker, Executive Director OASSP/OMLEA

School leadership is not easy and requires motivation, action, and courage. This panel of experienced administrators will provide an open forum to share practical strategies for aspiring school leaders who want to invest in self-growth that leads to flourishing service while avoiding burnout so common in principal leadership. Join us to discuss how to better understand your purpose, lead others, influence change, and successfully manage the challenges of being a chief communicator and decision-maker. Whether you are an aspiring principal or considering your next leadership move, this breakout will be interactive and instructive.

What is Individual Career Academic Planning (ICAP)? Room D, 1:10-2:00PM            

Dr. Shelly Ellis and Marissa Lightsey, Oklahoma State Department of Education

ICAP is a student-driven, ongoing process that actively engages students, enabling them to:
understand their own interests, strengths, values and learning styles; create a vision of their future; develop individual goals; and prepare a personal plan for achieving their vision and goals. In this breakout session, you will learn ways Oklahoma schools are piloting ICAP programs and how your school can take advantage of resources, networks and activities to make your own ICAP program successful for all students.

How Do I Implement and Maintain a Successful STEAM Lab? Room E, 1:10-2:00PM          

Cristin Ashcraft, NBCT Secondary Library Media District Specialist, Waller Middle School and Mendy Hayes, Instructional Technology Trainer, District Webmaster, Enid Public Schools

Full STEAM ahead!!! In this presentation, participants will gain an understanding of how to promote, implement, schedule and manage the STEAM Lab/MakerSpace for their school or district.  They will also learn the importance of training staff and students on using the Lab.  Participants will leave with examples of how to organize resources on Google Drive that pertain to each product included in the lab.  These resources will include activities for each product as well as product tutorials and videos which will be included in the resource folders located in Google Drive.  A lab inventory example will also be included in this session. Educators with an understanding of what a successful lab looks like and the tools necessary to both implement and maintain a STEAM Lab or MakerSpace in their school!

Implementing Action Civics for Middle Level Students, Room 109, 1:10-2:00PM    

Elizabeth Sidler, Generation Citizen

How do we teach students to guide their own learning in research? This workshop will take a deep dive into Participatory Action Research, a framework for self-directed student research in the context of a semester-long, project-based, civics curriculum. Experience the value and feasibility of student-led research in pursuit of a self-selected goal. Gain a framework for guiding students as they lead the way in a research project. Identify a path to implementing an Action Civic curriculum for any school or district.

Digital Breakout: Escape-Room-Style Learning! Room 110, 1:10-2:00PM

Kelly Fry and Ashley Lacher, Del Crest Middle School

Digital Breakouts are like an escape room with curricular content.  This interactive session will introduce the concepts and skills needed to create one of your own! Attendees will come away with a deeper understanding of what a digital break out is, how it works, and how to create one to use in their classes.

Effective Student Feedback: Writing across the Curriculum, Room 111, 1:10-2:00PM

Tiffany G Walker, M. Ed. Cimarron Middle School,

Tired of grading student writing only to see the students look at a number and throw it in the trash? Change the way you give feedback, so it doesn't waste your time and improves the student's ability to write in any class. Audience members will learn to use simple, student-centered rubrics, organize lesson plans to accommodate teacher-student conferencing, and analyze a student sample for quick practice and feedback. Return to school with a grading practice that works and saves time!

Meeting the Needs of High Achieving Students, Room 112, 1:10-2:00PM

Danielle Anderson, BSED, Pre-AP Pre-Algebra Teacher, Intermediate Mathematics (5-12), Mid-Level Math for High School Credit (5-8) and Missy Reinke, BSED, Pre-AP Pre-Algebra Teacher, Elementary Education (1-8), Intermediate Mathematics (5-12) Carl Albert Middle School

Have you ever thought about the risk of not engaging your high achieving students? History shows that gifted students tend to go under the radar and lose opportunities to reach their highest potential. Teachers at Carl Albert Middle School have developed a plan to meet the needs of these intellectually talented students. Leave with a mind-shift to better service high achieving learners. Gain tangible solutions to take back to schools/classrooms. Learn from our positive and negative experiences after successfully implementing these ideas with our students.


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