Sunday, March 28, 5:00 – 7:00 PM (ET)

Welcome to the #2021StrongerTogether Conference and The Launch of the Year of the Nine Essentials: What it Means to be a PDS (second edition)

After four years of careful and thoughtful deliberation, a special NAPDS committee, with input from a wide spectrum of our members, revised the original Nine Essentials. This revised document draws from advances in PDS scholarship and responds to current school environments to bring greater clarity about what it means to be a PDS. The purpose of this special session is to unveil the second edition of the Nine Essentials, highlight the special events and opportunities that will be a part of the “Year of the Nine Essentials,” and engage participants in a Q&A session so that we remain #StrongerTogether in 2021 and beyond. Come join the conversation!

Monday, March 29, 1:00 – 2:00 PM (ET)

Keynote – Dr. Trudy T. Arriaga: Opening Doors to Equity and Access

Do the actions of your educational institution truly reflect the stated values of the organization? Dr. Trudy T. Arriaga has held leadership roles at all levels to include assistant principal, principal, director and superintendent.  She is a Corwin author, national consultant and the Associate Dean of Equity and Outreach in the Graduate School of Education at Cal Lutheran University.  Trudy will discuss the critical role of the educator in shaping an organization where the success of each and every student is realized through culturally responsive and inclusive practices.  Trudy will offer a counter-narrative and strategies to overcome the barriers that exist in our educational organizations to ensure open doors for every student and their communities. 

Monday, March 29, 6:30 – 8:00 PM (ET)

Keynote Session – Stop avoiding the conversation: Being antiracist

This keynote by Drs. Quintin Bostic and Shamaine Bertrand will address how to disrupt systems of various forms of oppression (e.g. white supremacy) that are prevalent in Professional Development Schools (PDS) and school-university partnerships. We will share how to move towards a conscious shift into antiracist beliefs and practices while engaging in PDS and school-university partnerships. Honoring our shared commitment to the education profession, this keynote will help NAPDS members cultivate agency and consider ways to continue to reflect and shift their teaching practices as it relates to antiracism. 

Tuesday, March 30, 1:00 – 3:00 PM (ET)

 Keynote Symposium: Award-winning School/University Partnerships followed by Membership Mtg & Awards

The symposium will highlight specific PDS work in three different school/university partnerships. Each partnership will present their extraordinary work and monitor the chat for your comments and questions.  In addition, each partnership will host a breakout session to continue the conversation. Join Brigham Young University, George Mason University, and Kansas State University for this dynamic session.