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2019 Educator Summit - Colorado Springs
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2019 Educator Summit: Colorado Springs

The League's Academic Services team is focused on redefining quality professional development. One way the League intends to do this is by expanding our offerings to various locations around the state. We serve 255 charter schools across Colorado.


Educator Summit Theme: Redefining Quality: Teacher Inputs that Lead to Student Outcomes


Workshop strands will connect directly to increasing student outcomes and cover leadership development, best practices in academics, understanding student behavior, supporting exceptional students, and much more. We hope that by offering this redefined event to various locations across the state, we are able to increase access and opportunity for all educators to attend a high-quality day of professional learning.   

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Colorado Springs Educator Summit

Friday, June 7

7:45 AM - 3:00 PM

Location: New Summit Charter Academy, Colorado Springs

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Katie L. Anderson-Pence, Professor at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs



Katie L. Anderson-Pence is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education in the College of Education at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs where she coordinates the elementary licensure programs. A true Ravenclaw at heart, she is most proud of her newly developed course, Teaching in a Muggle World, in which college freshmen examine teaching and learning through the lens of the Harry Potter book series. She also teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in mathematics education and educational psychology. Prior to joining the faculty at UCCS, Katie spent 8 years as an elementary classroom teachers and two years providing mathematics professional development for her school district. She loves to travel internationally to learn about education in other cultures, and she has visited schools in Egypt and Brazil. In 2014, she earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics Education and Leadership from Utah State University. As an educational researcher and former classroom teacher, Katie’s research agenda is driven by a desire to connect research with classroom instructional practice. She believes that the more a teacher knows and understands about how students learn, the more effective he or she will be in delivering instruction. Likewise, the more connected a researcher is to actual classroom situations, the more his or her research will shed light on effective teaching practices. Her primary research interests are on rural education, teacher education, and technology in mathematics education. She is thrilled to be a part of the education community in the Southern Colorado region!



JOIN US AT THE EDUCATOR SUMMIT 2019 and win a ROUND-TRIP airfare and hotel accommodations for EF’s Global Education Symposium November 1-3, 2019 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


DETAILS:  The Opportunity: Two full scholarships to EF’s Global Education Symposium November 1-3, 2019, are available to a head of school and teacher from the same school working with grades 6-12.  Scholarships include round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations for two nights, entrance into the Global Education Symposium on Saturday, one lunch and one dinner.  Click here to see last year’s sessions and speakers. This year’s theme is “STEM in a Global World,” and more details are coming soon!

WHERE: EF Center Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts

HOW TO APPLY: Submit one application per school team via a web-link provided POST-REGISTRATION into the Educator Summit – by August 1, 2019.  Finalists will also be required to complete a face-to-face interview to be eligible. Contact with questions. 



Tentative Schedule



InstructionalLeadership Strand

Student Engagement Strand

Exceptional Students Strand

6-12 Math Strand

Local Presenters






Welcome Address/Keynote



Session 1

Evaluating and Strengthening Your School’s Culture (Kia Murray, Director of Academic Services, CLCS)

Triangulating Standards, Objectives, and Formative Assessment

(Amos Velasquez, League Consultant)

Unequal Education for All: Unpacking Disproportionality and its Impact on Learners

(Morgan Beidleman, League Consultant)

How do I teach these kids? Creating Positive Classroom Environments for 6-12 Intervention Math Students (Juliana Tapper, League Consultant)

Special Education Risk Management Parameters for Teachers and Leaders (R. Gurian, League Consultant)


Session 2

Self-Care for Leaders (Lori Bitar, League Consultant)

Implementing the Gold Standard of Project Based Learning (Stephanie Mendrala, Director of Professional Development @ STEM School Highlands Ranch)

Avoiding the Hidden Message: Maintaining High Expectations for our Diverse Learners

(Kaci Coats, Director of Exceptional Student Services, CLCS)

Data Driven Grouping in Secondary Mathematics (Juliana Tapper, League Consultant)

Widening the Path: Differentiation Strategies for all Learners (Jamie Black & Erin Roof, Peak to Peak Charter)


Lunch and League Presentation (Kia and Kaci)



Session 3

Experiential Learning – Unleash the Enthusiasm by Going Global! (Prospect Ridge Academy Faculty)

Classroom Management using CHAMPS and Common Sense (Lori Bitar, League Consultant)

Struggling Readers- Distilling the Root Cause and Targeting Precise Supports

(R. Gurian, League Consultant)

Increase Engagement in Secondary Mathematics: Collaborative Structures (Juliana Tapper, League Consultant)

Keep Calm and Thrive

(Taralyn Jensen, League Consultant)



Bonus Session

Fireside chat with specific groups (SPED Leaders, PE Teachers, School Leaders, Secondary Math Teachers)