Our first annual conference was a power team of educators from all over New York State sharing stories of success with children in poverty.
Our second annual conference focussed on proven methods of data-driven methodology along with team building and emotional health.
Our theme for the third annual Beating the Odds Conference is: Courageous Leadership.
Across New York State, most students in poverty do not achieve as well in school as their non-economically disadvantaged peers.
In some "ordinary" public schools (non-charter, non-magnet), however, students in poverty are doing well. WHY?
Come learn from some of these schools and share your strategies as well.
Registration: 8:15-9:00; Conference 9-3:00
Meals: Conference registration fee includes breakfast and lunch.
Lodging: Radisson Hotel - 5-minute walk to conference venue. To reserve, call 914-576-3700 ext. 237 or 0. The group name is Beating The Odds-Building Opportunities. Rates, only until October 14, are as follows: For 11-14-19, the night before the conference, $129.00 + tax.
If you decide to stay on after the conference, a weekend group rate of $169.00+tax applies.
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The Annual “Beating the Odds” Conference began in 2017 to share insights from a study by Better Outcomes Research.
At the conference, several schools who were identified in the study as successful in the achievement of students in poverty presented their methods and strategies.
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“I used to think data was only for decision making. Now I think that data is for BOTH collaboration and decision making.”
“The best part of the conference was the break out sessions where we heard from building leaders in charge of schools that are moving forward.”
“What I liked best about the conference were the clear presentations of data with identifiable steps that can move students.”
Participants in this session heard how Kendall Elementary, a rural high-needs school, has been growing its student achievement. Kendall moved from being the lowest performing school in the county to the top-performing, even among high SES schools! Attendees left with the keys of growing and cultivating a culture of instructional excellence: creating a collaborative culture, empowering staff to assemble and draw conclusions from data, getting people in the right seats, and using scheduling to create the results we needed.
Sharon Smith, Principal
Kendall Elementary, Kendall Central School District, Orleans County
Our session looked at the creative ways our school works to meet the needs of all their students using the MTSS spectrum. Included in this presentation is how data drives our MTSS decisions and the resources we use to support us with these decisions. We will be sharing ideas, strategies and resources so that you, too, can make the most with your MTSS!
*Multi-Tiered Support System – similar to RtI, but including social-emotional supports
Ellen Saxby, Principal, Christie Graves, Instructional Coach/Literacy Specialist
Williamson Elementary, Williamson Central School District, Wayne County
In Jackson Main Elementary School, Hempstead, with 70% ELLs, and 77% poverty, success for all is a reality. This session outlined the instructional strategies, interventions and use of assessments to support student growth. The presenters addressed strategic teacher empowerment, building a warm and collaborative school culture where adults care about each other and the students, and the social and emotional well-being of all stakeholders. They also shared their systemic instructional approaches.
Richard Brown, Principal; Saritha Perez, International Baccalaureate Coordinator
Jackson Main Elementary School, Hempstead Union Free School District, Nassau County
This group from Windsor Central School District told us about how they are using data transparently and innovatively; creating PLC structures to meet the needs of all striving learners. Their strategic co-laboring targets the needs of students as a whole, while focusing on results for individuals. Goal oriented and action focused!
Kristin Beriman, Building Principal; Nicole Weist, Teacher, Special Education; Liz Sharkan, School Counselor
C. R. Weeks, Windsor Central School District, Broome County
Some days it seems like there is no end to the pressure we all feel! We all face different challenges in our schools. In 2013, our school was identified by NYSED as needing improvement in the performance of our students in poverty. Through collaboration and academic consistency, we moved forward. Five years later, our students performed in the top 20% of schools with our demographics on the New York State ELA assessment. We're excited to share what's worked for us with you, with concrete ideas and materials to help get the conversation going in your school!
Jackie Van Nosdall, Principal
Kiersten Waruch, School Counselor
Kerhonkson Elementary, Rondout Valley Central School District, Ulster County
Creating High Performance in a High-Poverty, High-Minority, High-ELL School
Presenter: Ivan Tolentino, Principal, Thomas A. Edison School
About the school: Gr K-5; Westchester County; Portchester-Rye UFSD; 430 students; ED 61%; ED student performance on 2016 NYS ELA: 80% 2,3,4; 34% 3,4; ethnicity: H/L 89%; W 7%
Embracing the Adventure: Encouraging Risk-Taking - Giving Permission to Fail
Presenter: Dr. Ann Pedersen, Deputy Superintendent and future Superintendent, Lawrence UFSD, Nassau County
About the school: Nassau County, Lawrence UFSD
Lawrence Middle School: Gr. 5-8; 581 students; ED 78%; ED student performance on 2016 NYS ELA: 72% 2,3,4; 33% 3,4; ethnicity: H/L 48%; B/AA 25%; W 20%
Lawrence Elementary School: Gr. 3-5; 569 students; ED 82%; ED student performance on 2016 NYS ELA: 65% 2,3,4; 37% 3,4; ethnicity: H/L 51%; B/AA 19%; W 22%
Clear and Loving Structures: How Our “What I Need” (WIN) System Builds School Culture and Ensures Every Student’s Needs Are Met
Presenters: Paul Kesler, Principal of John Kennedy School; two Gr 3 teachers
About the school: Gr 2-4; Genesee County; Batavia City School District; 530 students; ED 64%; ED student performance on 2016 NYS ELA (343 students tested): 65% 2,3,4; 33% 3,4; ethnicity: W 74%, Mult. 12%, H/L 8%
Steps to Success: The Process of School Improvement
Presenters: Dr. John McKenna, Principal of Fletcher Elementary School / Past President, SAANYS; Dr. James Newton, Superintendent of Tonawanda City School District
Deciding Moments: Factors that Motivate Students to Choose to Learn and Persevere
Presenters: William (Bill) Frandino, K-5 Principal of Emma C. Chase Elementary School, and Teachers
About the school: Gr K-5; Sullivan County; Monticello CSD; 300 students; ED 55%; ED student performance on 2016 NYS ELA: 72% 2, 3, 4; 34% 3, 4; ethnicity: W 70%, H/L 16%, Mult 6%
Building a Culture of Belonging and Success
Presenters: Gina Cappiello, Principal of Valley Cottage Elementary School; Michelle O’Sullivan, Math Specialist; Amy Leibel-Farrugia, Reading Teacher
About the school: Gr K-5; Rockland County; Nyack CSD; 453 students; ED 41%; ED student performance on 2016 NYS ELA: 69% 2, 3, 4; 38% 3, 4; ethnicity: W 43%, H/L 24%, B/AA 18%
Recipes for Success: How Malverne Students Achieve
Presenters: Dr. James Hunderfund, Superintendent; Steve Gilhuley, Assistant Superintendent; Rachel Gross, Common Core Chair; Daniel Nehlsen, Principal, Howard T. Herber Middle School; Ed Tallon, Principal, Davison Avenue Intermediate School
About the schools: Gr 3-5 and 6-8; Nassau County; Malverne UFSD; 776 students combined
Middle School: ED 48%, ED student performance on 2016 NYS ELA: 70% 2, 3, 4; 40% 3, 4; ethnicity: B/AA 55%, H/L 28%, W 19%
Intermediate School: ED 49%, ED student performance on 2016 NYS ELA: 82% 2, 3, 4; 49% 3, 4; ethnicity: B/AA 48%, H/L 23%, W 23%
Target and Eradicate: Let’s Get Off the Hamster Wheel: How One School’s RtI Program Took the Challenge and Won!
Presenters: Patricia Sotero, Principal of Center Street Elementary School; two reading specialists
About the school: PK-4; Chemung County; Horseheads CSD; 370 students; ED 49%; ED student performance on 2016 NYS ELA: 78% 2,3,4; 35% 3,4; ethnicity: W 89%, Mult. 6%, H/L 3%
Looking at EACH Student as an Individual
Presenter: Dr. Nancy W. Hackett, Superintendent, Sullivan West CSD
About the schools: Sullivan County; Sullivan West CSD; 1,100 students combined
SW High School: Gr 7-12, ED 43%, ED student performance on 2016 NYS ELA: 69% 2,3,4; 48% 3,4; ethnicity: W 88%, H/L 6%, A 2%
SW Elementary: Gr K-6; ED 50%; ED student performance on 2016 NYS ELA: 67% 2,3,4; 31% 3,4; ethnicity: W 84%, H/L 10%, A 5%