ASBA-ASA 59th Annual Conference

This year’s Annual Conference will provide thought provoking general sessions speakers, informative breakout sessions on best school practices, award recognition for excellence in education and the opportunity to interact with over 100 exhibitors that provide products and services for your schools. Attendee registration fee includes all meals as indicated on the conference program. Please only select the additional meals option if you will be purchasing a meal for a guest that is not attending the conference. This year the Annual Awards Dinner will be held on Wednesday, December 14. Please note that this is a date change from previous years.

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David Pogue

Host of Nova Science Now & founder of Yahoo Tech
Disruptive Technology: The Unrecognizable New World of Tech and Culture


Jason Schechterle

Keynote Speaker & Retired Police Officer
Burning Shield: Overcoming Unimaginable Adversity

Two Pre-Conferences to Choose From | Dec. 14

New Board Orientation – For New Board Members

It’s a Digital World – Tech Tips, Tricks and Techniques You May Not Know About
Member Registration Fee: $360
Non-Member Registration Fee: $720

ASBA-ASA 59th Annual Conference Agenda

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Black Caucus Meeting
Grand Canyon Room
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.Awards Dinner ReceptionExhibit Hall
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Annual Awards BanquetAB Ballroom
8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
President’s Dessert Reception Sponsored by 1GPA
Grand Ballroom

ASBA-ASA 59th Annual Conference Agenda

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016
7:30-8:30 a.m.Arizona Rural Schools Association Meeting
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.Continental Breakfast and Exhibit ViewingFrank Lloyd Wright Ballroom
8:15 – 9:15 a.m.Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus Meeting Sedona Room
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Opening Ceremonies and First General SessionMcArthur Ballroom
Kathy Knecht, President, ASBA

Dr. Tim Ogle, Executive Director, ASBA
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Keynote Address
Disruptive Technology: The Unrecognizable New World of Tech and Culture
McArthur Ballroom
David Pogue, Host of Nova Science Now and Founder of Yahoo Tech
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.ASBA Business MeetingGold Room
Presiding: Kathy Knecht, President, ASBA
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.ASA Superintendents’ Division Business Meeting
Grand Canyon Room
Presiding: Jerry Jennex, President, ASA Superintendents Division

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.Exhibit Viewing, One-on-One Vendor Appointments, Door PrizesFrank Lloyd Wright Ballroom
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.Golden Bell Promise Program Awards sponsored by Cost Control Associates

  • Student Awards

  • Superintendent of the Year Awards Presentations

  • Golden Bell Promise Program Awards

AB Ballroom
Jerry Jennex, President, ASA Superintendents Division

Kathy Knecht, President, ASBA
2:00 – 2:50 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
2:00 – 2:50 p.m.
An Interactive Look at Preparing Arizona STEM Teachers
Grand Canyon
Pamela Harris, Asst. Clinical Professor, Arizona State University
Nancy Perry, Senior Asst. Dean, Arizona State University
Carrie Lloyd, Senior Research Analyst, Arizona State University
2:00 – 2:50 p.m.
Navigating and Communicating Your District’s Financial Future with Stakeholders
McArthur 1
Daniel O’Brien, Chief Finance Officer, Scottsdale Unified School District
Jeff Carew, Managing Director, Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.
2:00 – 2:50 p.m.
PRIDE Program, personal responsibility in daily effort
McArthur 2
Marty Makar, Principal, Osborn Middle School
Carol Hayes, Assistant Principal
Patricia Tate, Superintendent, Osborn ESD
2:00 – 2:50 p.m.
The United States Block: History and English Program
McArthur 3
Courtney Check, Teacher - Prescott High School
David Stengel, Teacher - Prescott High School
2:00 – 2:50 p.m.
Rainbow Valley CIA – stocking the local foodbank year-round
McArthur 4
Dr. Theresa Matteson, Principal - Liberty ESD
2:00 – 2:50 p.m.
iSTEM College and Career Academy
McArthur 5
Kathy Prather, Director for CTE/JTED, Sunnyside USD

Cesar Gutierrez, iSTEM Academy Instructor
2:00 – 2:50 p.m.
Growing Your Own: Investing in Student Teachers

McArthur 6

Riley Frei, Superintendent, Colorado River Schools and Bullhead City ESD
Dr. Pam Powell, Northern Arizona University
2:00 – 2:50 p.m.
A hitchhikers guide to the galaxy of employee benefits!
McArthur 7Chuck Nelson, Director of Sales, ASBAIT
Mike Hoffman, President, Arizona School Plans, Inc.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.Exhibit Hall Showcase and Prize Drawings (must be present to win)Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom
4:00 – 4:50 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
4:00 – 4:50 p.m.
Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline: Bringing Restorative Justice Principles to Student Discipline

Grand Canyon
Carl Hermanns, Ed.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Arizona State University
4:00 – 4:50 p.m.Dealing with Situations of Conflict
McArthur 1
Dr. Troy Bales, Assistant Superintendent Human Resources, Paradise Valley USD
Dr. Kim Guerin, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Support Elementary, Paradise Valley USD
4:00 – 4:50 p.m.The Power of Student Voices: Equity, Cultural Understanding, Access and Opportunity
McArthur 2
Panel of public school students
4:00 – 4:50 p.m.The Power of The Parent Voice
McArthur 3
Stacy Winstryg, Founder of VPN, and Steering Committee Member
Catherine Byars, Founder of VPN, and Steering Committee Member
4:00 – 4:50 p.m.International Teachers: Issues, Prospectives & Best Practices
McArthur 4Eliza Daley Read, Partner, Magnum Wall Stoops & Warden

Justin Wing, HR Director, Washington ESD

Sarah Guias, Teacher, Peoria USD

Julie Harvey, Teacher, Peoria USD

4:00 – 4:50 p.m.A National View: Working Together to Manage Social Media Bullying
McArthur 5Roger Jacks, Superintendent, Kingman Unified District
Don Burton, Principal, Kingman Middle School
Travis Brown, Mojo Up CEO and Consultant
4:00 – 4:50 p.m.Increasing Student Achievement Using Data Driven Decision Making
McArthur 6Tracy Pressley, Counselor, Lake Havasu High School
Katie Stengel, Counselor, Lake Havasu High School
Sarah Skemp, Counselor, Lake Havasu High School
Deanna Ainsworth, Counselor, Lake Havasu High School
4:00 – 4:50 p.m.Helping Students Get Ahead of the Curve
McArthur 7Dr. Raymond V. Aguilera, Superintendent, Gadsden ESD
Jesus Arrizon, Career Teacher, Gadsden ESD
Homero Chavez, CTY Director, Gadsden ESD
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.After Meeting Mingling in the Exhibit Hall Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom
7:15 – 9:30 p.m.After Dark Evening Reception Hosted by MeritainGold Room

ASBA-ASA 59th Annual Conference Agenda

Friday, Dec. 16, 2016
TimeEventLocation Presenter
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.Wake-Up Breakfast McArthur Ballroom Foyer
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Second General Session

  • Remarks from NSBA President

  • ASBA Update

  • Outgoing ASBA Board of Directors recognition

  • Passing of the Gavel

  • Grand Door Prize Drawing - $600 cash. Winner must be present

McArthur Ballroom
Dr. Tim Ogle, Executive Director, ASBA

Miranda Beard, NSBA President
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Address
Burning Shield: Overcoming Unimaginable Adversity
McArthur BallroomJason Schechterle, Keynote Speaker and Retired Police Officer
10:10 – 11:00 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
10:10 – 11:00 a.m.
Mini Trust/NAU Leadership Academy (Session 1 of 2)
Grand Canyon Room
Matthew Wright, Managing Partner, Wright, Welker, & Paoule
Denise Lowell-Britt, Attorney at Law, Udall-Shumway
Donald Peder Johnsen, Shareholder, Gallegher & Kennedy, P.A.
10:10 – 11:00 a.m.
CTRL/ALT/DEL - How The Millennials Are Rebooting The Way We Do Business
McArthur 1
Dr. Robyn Conrad Hanson, Past President, National Association Elementary School Principals
Dr. Suzanne Zentner, Chief Talent Officer, Gilbert USD
10:10 – 11:00 a.m.
Tools and Apps to Transform Your Social Media Engagement
McArthur 2
Heidi Vega, Director of Communications, ASBA
Zachary Fountain, Communications and Public Relations Director, Dysart USD
Adriana Parsons, Director, MET Professional Academy, Peoria USD
Marlys Weaver, Administrator of Communications and Marketing, Maricopa County Education Service Agency
Heidi Hurst, Supervisor of District Communications, Mesa USD
10:10 – 11:00 a.m.
Actions You can Engage in to Prepare Young People for Successful Careers/Professions
McArthur 3
Richard Condit, President, Economic Independence, LLC
Bill Symonds, Director of the Global Pathways Institute
10:10 – 11:00 a.m.
Staff Recruitment & Retainment: The Low Cost Creative Pursuit
McArthur 4
Scott Downs, Asst. Superintendent of Administrative Services, Sahuarita USD
10:10 – 11:00 a.m.
ESSA’s Potential Impact on English Learner Students McArthur 5
Kate Wright, Deputy Associate Superintendent, OELAS, Migrant, Homeless, ADE
10:10 – 11:00 a.m.
Increasing A Culture of Literacy Using Student-Centered Programs
McArthur 6
Steve Holmes, Superintendent, Sunnyside Unified District

Betty Stauffer, Executive Director, Literacy Connects

Carmen Castro, Director for Language Acquisition & Development and Literacy, Sunnyside USD
10:10 – 11:00 a.m.
Sharing Increases Synergy! How "Unofficial" Unification Makes Two Districts Better
McArthur 7Riley Frei, Superintendent, Bullhead ESD and Colorado River UHSD
Benje Hookstra, Assistant Superintendent, Bullhead ESD
Dennis Crane, Board President, Bullhead ESD
11:10 a.m. – noon
Breakout Sessions
11:10 a.m. – noon
Mini Trust/NAU Leadership Academy (Session 2 of 2)
Grand Canyon Room
Matthew Wright, Managing Partner, Wright, Welker, & Paoule
Denise Lowell-Britt, Attorney at Law, Udall-Shumway
Donald Peder Johnsen, Shareholder, Gallegher & Kennedy, P.A.
11:10 a.m. – noon
Emerging Research on Human Behavior - Implications for Leaders
McArthur 1
Dr. Michael Lee, Director of Professional Development, Paradise Valley USD
11:10 a.m. – noon
The Language of Code: Why This Crucial Skill Needs to be Taught
McArthur 2
Grant Smith, K12 Classroom Projects Facilitator of Emerald Data Solutions 

Dr. Betsy Hargrove, Superintendent of Avondale ESD 

Dr. Ember Conley, Superintendent of Park City School District, Park City, UT
11:10 a.m. – noon
Working together to meet the social and emotional needs of our students
McArthur 3
Ann O’Brien, Board Member, Deer Valley USD
Cherryl Paul, Director of Organizational Improvement & Professional Learning, Deer Valley USD
Melissa Sepuka, Principal, Deer Valley USD
11:10 a.m. – noon
Closing the Achievement Gap through a College/Career Readiness System (ACRS)
McArthur 4
Dr. Michael Cowan, Superintendent, Mesa USD

Dr. Perry Berry, Superintendent, Queen Creek USD

Kathy Mullery, Connolly Middle School Principal, Tempe ESD
11:10 a.m. – noon
Shifting from Raising Funds to Raising Families
McArthur 5
Dr. Donna Lewis, Superintendent, Creighton ESD
Carl Zaragoza, Board Member, Creighton ESD
Donna Young, Board Member, Creighton ESD
Jeff Boles, Executive Chairman of Creighton Community Foundation
11:10 a.m. – noon
Equity in Action: Charting a Path to Excellence through Effective School Leadership
McArthur 6
Amanda Burke, Senior Director, Education, Center for the Future of Arizona
Ivette Rodriguez Marquez, Asst. Superintendent for Academic Services, Roosevelt ESD
Marianne Lescher, Principal, Kyrene Traditional Academy, Sueno Campus
Elaine Jacobs, Principal, North Canyon High School, Paradise Valley USD
11:10 a.m. – noon
Effective Board Governance Models: Two Stories of Collaboration, Transparency and Deep Conversations
McArthur 7
Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto, Superintendent, Gilbert USD
Dr. Kristi Sandvik, Superintendent, Buckeye ESD
Conference Adjourns

Registration Opens | Monday, October 3, 2016

The $360/person member registration fee includes access to online materials, continental breakfast, snacks and lunch. Non-member registration fee is $720/person.

Participants registered after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 will be charged an additional $50 late registration fee. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Monday, December 5, 2016. Attendee registration fee includes all meals as indicated on the conference program. Please only select the additional meals option if you will be purchasing a meal for a guest that is not attending the conference. This year the Annual Awards Dinner will be held on Wednesday, December 14. Please note that this is a date change from previous years.

Meals for Guests

We’re sorry. The deadline for purchasing additional meal tickets was Dec. 5.

Hotel Information

For reservations at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel,
call 800-950-0086 no later than Monday, November 21, 2016. The ASBA room rate is $159 single/double. In order to receive the conference rate, please mention the ASBA Annual Conference.

Deposit: A deposit equal to one night’s stay is required to hold each individual’s reservation. Deposits are fully refundable if a room is cancelled seven days prior to the arrival date.

Cancellation Policy: We expect our room block to sell out. To be fair to all concerned, we request that our members only reserve those hotel rooms that will indeed be used. We appreciate your cooperation. This will provide as many attendees as possible a chance to enjoy the convenience of staying at the conference hotel.

Refunds, Cancellations and Substitutions

Cancellations must be in writing and faxed to 602.254.1177 by Monday, December 5, 2016. No Shows will not be refunded. Those registered are entitled to send substitutes in their place.

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Date(s) - 12/15/2016 - 12/16/2016
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