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Thursday, April 11


Connect: Providing Equity Through Access
Devices in the hands of students have little impact if teachers are not trained to integrate technology effectively within the lesson design. The Connect initiative moves beyond devices to ensure connection and equity.  In developing the Connect initiative, our district addressed devices, internet access at home through an LTE network, and teacher training.  This session will describe the processes and strategies used to involve multiple departments, ensuring that cross department teams worked together to make decisions regarding student devices, at home internet connection, and plans for professional development.  


Scott Bailey

Superintendent, Desert Sands USD
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Kelly May-Vollmar, Ed.D.

Chief Innovation and Information Officer, Desert Sands Unified School District

Thursday April 11, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Sierra Suite Hilton Universal
Friday, April 12


Future Ready Staff Meetings For Millenials to Baby Boomers
Regardless of your age, every educator hopes to be engaged as a professional and empowered as an individual. Staff meetings are the precious moments we can depend upon as team leaders to bring everyone together and truly take our community to the “next level.” Get experience with impactful, simple instructional strategies that are sure to bring more choice, clarification, connectivity, and celebration to your next meeting and professional development day.

Areas that will be explored: 
  • Gamification
  • Passion Projects
  • Game-Based Learning
  • Competency-Based Learning
  • Creative Communication
  • Meeting Protocols

If we want our teachers to infuse their classrooms with excellent instruction, we have to model it! 

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Cate Tolnai

Adjunct Faculty, BUOY Consultants
In her 17th year in education, Cate Tolnai’s professional experience spans strategic social marketing and communications, customer engagement, K-12 education, and both district and county level administration. As Adjunct Faculty at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothills College... Read More →

Friday April 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Hiro Room Hilton Universal


Work Smarter with Evernote
Looking for ways to organize everything you need to be more productive, collaborate with teammates and get organized in both your personal and professional life?  Then you need to try Evernote to create and store your own set of digital notes that let you take notes, make to-do-lists, capture ideas, store relevant documents and emails.  In other words, Get Organized.  

With the abundance of information, tasks to complete and the need to collaborate today's leaders must not only know what the new tools are but must also use them to be productive in their own lives.  This workshop will provide the information and hands on experience to get you started using Evernote.   
Participants will learn how to:

* Gather ideas and inspiration
* Collect data in any format and put it all in one place
* Organize projects and to-do’s
* Share your notes with a collaborator or team
* Easily find what you are looking for, fast
* Collaborate with team members 

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Butch Owens

TICAL Cadre Member, TICAL Cadre
TICAL Cadre Member

Friday April 12, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Salon 8 Hilton Universal City