NCTIES Conference 2017

Principal Retreat Moving Innovation Forward

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 9am-4pm
Raleigh Marriott Center City
Lunch will be included

School leaders inspire and ignite innovation by cultivating school environments that nurture creativity in learning. How do you continue to move the innovation forward with new tools for learning being developed everyday?

Collaborate, Share & Learn strategies to engage students, staff and families in their own learning with digital tools and resources.

$100 per person for retreat only $75 per person for retreat with two or more teachers from school having full paid conference registration.

Keynote-Brad Fountain

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Brad is a passionate educator with over 20 years of educational experience. He began his career teaching in a 3-5 multi-age classroom in rural North Carolina where he utilized some of the earliest educational internet based web resources. He launched one of the first technology based professional develoment programs in North Carolina in the early 2000's. He served as administrator of the North Carolina Model School of Technology in 2003 where he moved the school to paperless workflow. Since joining Discovery he helped launch the Discovery Educator Network and served on the front lines during the development of Discovery Education's Techbook services. Always looking to continue to push the envelope he has worked with schools and school districts on utilizing the latest technology including tablets and iPads, connecting the latest brain research to the educational technology, professional development for administrators on using technology, and implementing 1-to-1 initiatives.

He is a dynamic speaker who draws his inspiration from his family including his wife, who is a classroom teacher, and two school-aged children Alexandra and Asher. He has presented and keynoted at conferences across the country including NCSTA, NCTies, ISTE, FETC, and NYSCATE. He currently works at Discovery as the Director of Instructional Implementation.

Keynote: Climate Change Is Real: It Starts with You!!
In our schools some days are scorching hot, some days are bitterly cold, but what are the causes of these extremes and how do we moderate these fluctuations? As administrators we know how important the climate and culture in classrooms are to student success, but what can we do to promote a healthy climate and culture at the school level? While some people are trying to minimize climate change we will explore tools and strategies involving all stakeholders to accelerate climate change at the school level.

Break Out Session: Be The Change You Want to See
Why should the kids have all the fun? Great instruction is engaging, interactive, exploratory and thought provoking. Why can’t your building level professional development be that way too? It’s time to explore ways to enhance building level professional development and staff meetings with activities that also model engaging instructional strategies. Get ready to open your mind, your digital device, and a world of possibilities!

Keynote-Brad Gustafson

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Dr. Brad Gustafson is an elementary principal, speaker, and author of the book “Renegade Leadership: Creating Innovative Schools for Digital-Age Learners.” Brad believes that schools can be spaces where high levels of learning, creativity, and innovation thrive but only when we prioritize relationships and a connected pedagogy. His passion for learning is palpable.

Brad is Minnesota’s 2016 National Distinguished Principal and a 2015 Digital Innovation in Learning Award (DILA) winner. His doctoral research focused on innovation and professional development. Brad co-hosts the UnearthED program on the Bam Radio Network and also writes about creativity, student voice, and technology. His blog, Adjusting Course, has been named a “Must Read” K-12 blog by EdTech Magazine the past couple of years and was also recognized with an Editor’s Choice Content Award by Smartbrief Education.

You can connect with Brad on his blog (found at or on Twitter (@GustafsonBrad).
Keynote: "Inventing the Future through Failure"
Empowering teachers to lead change in their classrooms is difficult work. This keynote is an authentic conversation about leadership and vulnerability. Join us as we invent the future through failure.

Breakout Session: "Building School Culture"
What might our schools look like if creativity was as revered as high-stakes testing data? Let's begin building school cultures where innovation and learning go hand-in-hand!