(Tentative Schedule)

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. — Registration and Continental Breakfast 

9:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.—Workshop Session                                                                                                         Topic: What Makes a School Safe?
Facilitator: Dr. Janna Robertson, Professor, UNCW Watson College of Education
Description: After the Parkland Florida tragedy, there are grassroots and policy movements to make sure our children are safe in schools. During this presentation the research and stories on what has worked well and what has not after Columbine and Sandy Hooks incidents. Metal detectors, police in school even teach students what to do in event of an active shooting may make us feel safer but may also have negative consequences for our children and schools. We will discuss the concerns that the audience has and focus on what would make sure schools are a safe place for us to send our children.

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. — Workshop Session
Topic: Engaging and Empowering EVERY Student in an Era of Accountability
Facilitator: Teresa Outlaw, Principal Intern, Olive Chapel Elementary School
Description: How do educators teach students the skills that matter most, while also teaching content? How do educators empower students to find their passions, while also making sure that they are successful on achievement tests? This interactive workshop will enable participants to see, experience, and incorporate relevant, rigorous, engaging, and empowering pedagogy into practice.

11:40 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Lunch and Keynote Speaker
Topic: What’s Your Why?
Dr. Leroy Wray, President of The Prodigal Son Foundation

12:30 p.m. -1:40 a.m. – Workshop Session
Topic: Got Test Anxiety? #Praxis #Pearson: Supplemental Preparation Resources to Empower You to Pass the Test(s) Required to Become a Licensed Educator
Facilitator: Daneika Bynum, Supplemental Instruction Coordinator, North Carolina Central University School of Education
Description: Student success begins with the right preparation! This workshop will give a general overview of state testing requirements for Educator Preparation Programs in North Carolina, focusing on Praxis Core, Praxis II, and Pearson tests. Information about who is required to take the tests, test costs, score requirements, testing center locations, registration, and services offered through NCCU’s School of Education’s Supplemental Instruction Program are all topics that will be covered.

1:40 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. — Workshop Session
Topic: Self Care – ACE’s & Resilient Renewal
Dr. Wanda Boone, WEBOO Inc. & Together for Resilient Youth
Description: This session will provide insight into why we react the way that we do and how to live a resilient life. This session includes an exclusive viewing of Paper Tigers! Paper Tigers is a powerful documentary takes a look at trauma-informed teaching and how educators can use innovative techniques to steer at-risk students away from the typical outcomes that so often befall children exposed to toxic stress. With a new look at discipline and conflict resolution to bring about remarkable results.
Participants will:

  • Learn what it means to be Trauma Informed
  • Identify the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) on physical and behavioral health
  • Understand the Importance of Equity
  • Define Resilience and Develop a Personal Resilience Plan
  • Discuss resources that provide physical and psychological care in the community

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. — Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Workshop Session
Topic: Diversity and Inclusion: Engaging Hard to Reach Families
Facilitators: Francelia Burwell, Durham Council PTA President and NC PTA Board of Directors; Nicole Tatum, Vice President of Membership at Falls Lake Charter Academy; Dr. Leroy Wray, President of The Prodigal Son Foundation
Description: Learn about the best practices for engaging minority parents, common barriers hindering parent and teacher engagement, and successful solutions to overcome them.  Come participate in a round table discussion to share successful practices for engaging minority families as well as any barriers you have faced.

Additional Discussion:

  • Innovative ways PTAs and schools can better engage families
  • Difference between family engagement and family involvement
  • Common myths to family engagement
  • Common barriers PTAs face with engaging families
  • Common barriers families face hindering their level of engagement
  • Common barriers schools & school districts face with engaging families
  • Provide information regarding state and national PTA resources to assist in family engagement


updated 5/15/18