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Value-Added Network Conference

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Agency: CESA 2
Agency Contact: Leslie Steinhaus
Agency Assistant: Peggy Strong 262.473.1445
Location: CESA 2 - Whitewater
1221 Innovation Drive
Whitewater, WI 53190
Facility: Room 111
11/9/2016 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM



9:00-10:00 - Value-Added Growth Model Overview and Refresher-VARC staff will review the Value-Added basics plus how to access and interpret your value-added results. Please bring a laptop-- Dan Marlin, VARC

Regular Session:

10:15 - Welcome, Introductions and Overview of the Day

Gary Albrecht, Agency Administrator and Leslie Steinhaus, CESA 2, Facilitator

10:25 - Value-Added –Differential Effects

Using Value Added to Close Gaps: Equity Initiatives - Brad Carl, VARC and Dan Marlin, VARC

11:00 - Keynote:  Excellence for All: Promoting Moving Beyond the Tagline

Where Are We Now and Next Steps  - Demond Means, Superintendent of Schools, Mequon-Thiensville School District

11:30 - Lunch

11:45 - Recognition of High Value-Added K-8 Schools (Blue Schools)

Brad Carl, VARC

12:15 - Closing the Achievement Gap—Panel Presentation
Madeline Hafner, Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN)
Kristine Hipp, Professor Emerita, Cardinal Stritch
Demond Means, Superintendent of Schools, Mequon-Thiensville School District
Darrell Williams, Assistant Superintendent, School District of Beloit

1:40-3:30 - Breakout Sessions
--Blue School Showcase:Mathematics
--Blue School Showcase: Reading - Elementary and Middles School
--Using Value-Added for Accountability and School Improvment School Report Card
--Closing Opportunity Gaps Through Effective Practices: Lessons Learned from MSAN
--MAP, STAR results Using the Value-Added Model
--Teachers at the Forefront of Sustainable Systemic Change
--A Conversation with Demond Means - Follow-up to Keynote Address

3:35 – 4:00 - Wrap-Up and Evaluation – Network with presenters

Cost: Early Bird Pricing: $110/person until October 10. After October 10, $125/person

Registration Deadline: October 31, 2016

Content Questions? Contact Leslie Steinhaus: | 262.473.1469

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