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An innovative and interactive professional development specifically for school, district, and aspiring leaders!
Did you know that the average human makes over 35,000 conscious decisions a day? One could argue that as a school leader, you make far more than that! The choices we make greatly impact our students, staff, and school community. Unfortunately, our decisions are often done in isolation or without much support. What if there was an opportunity to walk through a day in the life of a school leader and truly navigate the waters of common challenges we face. Join us for CHOICE Leadership, where you will do just that. Work alongside fellow school leaders as we present you with scenarios that allow YOU to choose how you would like to handle a situation. From there, learn from accomplished administrators from around the country as we share research, tips, and experiences that will allow everyone to walk away with more confidence and consideration next time they are faced with a choice to make.
Adam Dovico is an accomplished teacher, curriculum facilitator, principal, college professor, speaker, and author. For the past two decades, he has taught students of all ages through his engaging and rigorous teaching style. He has also provided professional development for educators from around the world through his keynotes, workshops, and books. You can often find Adam standing on a table or chair dressed in one of his signature outrageous and amusing suits. He has taught at esteemed institutions, including the Ron Clark Academy and Wake Forest University, and has been recognized by organizations such as the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund, Learning for Justice, and the Atlanta Falcons for his leadership and teaching. He continues to work for greater equity in schools through his antiracist and culturally responsive pedagogy. You can find Adam on social media @adamdovico and on his website adamdovico.com.
Known to many as the “Google Queen,” Tysheka McKinnie is the host of Texas A&M University’s Tech Time series, an Assistant Principal, Content Creator and Leadership Coach. Earning her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Texas A&M University, Tysheka started her teaching career in Houston, Texas as a 7th and 8th grade math teacher. Shortly after, she served as a Math Instructional Coach engaging in hands-on and intensive training through Relay Graduate School of Education and Big Rocks Educational Services. She was promoted to Assistant Principal during the pandemic and took to her social platforms to share her unique yet defining experiences. During this time, she found herself pushing the needle for sophisticated progress monitoring and capacity building which catapulted teacher capacity, student growth, campus experience, and high-quality instruction. Tysheka McKinnie leads with high energy, charisma, and loyalty to connect with families, educators, and community members.
Jessica Gomez is currently the Proud Principal and Chief Storyteller of Alice Birney Elementary School in the Colton Joint Unified School District. She has 21 years of experience serving Title I communities; 11 of those as an elementary school principal. She is a wife and mother of a middle school daughter and high school son. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her Master’s Degree from Claremont Graduate University (CGU). Jessica is the 2021 ACSA Region 12 Elementary Principal of the Year, serves on the Future Ready Schools® (FRS) Advisory Board for the principal strand, is a Fellow for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Center for Women in Leadership, mentors aspiring administrators in the NAESP Aspiring Principals Academy, is an educational consultant and a national presenter, sharing her leadership passion and work across the country. You can follow Jessica on Instagram and Twitter @mrsjessgomez and visit her blog at mrsjessicagomez.com.
Mr. White earned his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Claflin University and obtained his School Administrative license from Queens University’s School of Executive Leadership. Currently, Mr. White serves as a Vice Principal in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District. Mr. White received the 2019 Black fathers rock Surrogate Father of the year, NC AT&T Heritage Calendar Honoree at the Governor’s Mansion and the CMPD & Community MVP award for his outstanding work in the community and the city of Charlotte. He has also been featured in the Charlotte Observer, highlighting his efforts in starting after school programs at his school. Mr. White has made appearances on multiple national television shows including: the Steve Harvey Show, The Today’s show, Good Morning America, and other national publications. It is his goal to create opportunities that will generate collegiate interests amongst students and propel them to strive for greatness beyond their local surroundings. Barry White Jr. is a member of the National Speakers Bureau and travels cities speaking at conferences encouraging youth to utilize their platforms/gifts to motivate and inspire others. He believes in pushing children to be global leaders, fostering both universal and cultural awareness.
Choice Leadership is a track available at any of the following conferences. There is no additional fee to join this track, simply let us know during registration that you intend in joining the Choice Leadership group so that we ensure we reserve a seat for you!