October 17, 2022

Proactive Schools Conference

Virtual Event


Get Transformed and Learn from Your Peers

Join us for our Proactive Schools Conference as we take a deep dive into what it means to be a Proactive School and what it takes to get there. Get inspired as you learn from experts in the field and hear first-hand experiences from peers in your community who are on their journey to becoming Proactive.

Conference Speakers

Chris Berry

Presenter Title & Affiliation

A.T. Nelson

President, ProActive Ed

Tom Hierck

Sr. Professional Development Advisor

Regina Misra, Professional Development Advisor for ProActiveEd

R. Misra

Professional Development Advisor

Case Study Panel Schools

Mark Twain Elementary

Hawthorne Elementary

Van Buren Elementary

Buchanan Elementary

Conference Strands

STRAND: Culture & Climate



ANCHOR: Equity & Access

Conference Sessions

STRAND: Culture & Climate 

SPEAKER: Chris Berry

Proactive School Cultures

Explore, establish, and learn to implement the guiding beliefs and values that encompass the way your school operates. This collective efficacy is the collective self-perception that teachers in a given school make an educational difference to their students over and above the educational impact of their homes and communities. That is, the effect of collective self-perception on student achievement is stronger than the link between socioeconomic status and student achievement.

STRAND: Culture & Climate

PANEL: Mark Twain Elementary

Proactive School Cultures Case Study

Engage in and interact with teachers and other instructional leaders at Mark Twain Elementary as they share their journey toward improving school culture and climate. Well-organized and well-defined goals spearheaded by school leadership translated to a faculty and staff with clear objectives that align with the school’s mission. Data collected from the Administration Progress Monitoring tool allowed Mark Twain to identify whether leadership is focusing on the most critical elements of effective school culture.


SPEAKER: A.T. Nelson

Proactive Learning Communities

Explore the results schools can demonstrate when they proactively and systematically focus on their greatest areas of need, strategically plan for improvement, implement their plans deeply, and evaluate their progress. These results are best realized through a teacher collaboration protocol that integrates standards, assessments, data-analysis, and instructional delivery into an efficient and effective process for improving student achievement.


PANEL: Hawthorne Elementary

Proactive Learning Communities Case Study

Hawthorne Elementary sought to move from an administrator-led to a teacher leader-led PLC. Engage in and interact with teachers and other instructional leaders at Hawthorne Elementary as they share their journey towards improving the effectiveness and efficiency of their PLCs. The implementation of a systematic process for monitoring and adjusting their approach to instruction resulted in a clearer vision and purpose for teacher collaboration, as well, as an increase in overall teacher job satisfaction.


SPEAKER: Tom Hierck

Proactive Interventions

The basic tenets of MTSS/RTI (universal screening, universal quality instruction, frequent formative assessment and descriptive feedback, catching behavior and academic problems early, and intentional follow-up) are part of any school vision and are key to the work of successful leaders. Engage and investigate these tenets as they are further enhanced through strong teacher collaboration.


PANEL: Van Buren Elementary

Proactive Interventions Case Study

Learn how Van Buren orchestrated the development of a multi-tiered systems for support that adequately monitors each students response to Tier 1-3 instruction. Explore the foundational components to treating RTI as a verb: (1) highly effective education; (2) a problem-solving process that leads to deeper levels of learning; (3) a problem-solving process that leads to more equitable learning; (4) systems of support that leads to all students graduating post-secondary and career ready; and (5) inclusive support for academics and behavior (e.g., self-regulation, executive functioning).

STRAND: Equity & Access


Proactive Teaching

Culturally responsive teaching is a research-based approach to connecting students’ cultures, languages, and life experiences to what they learn in school. This approach is beneficial to all students as they learn language, culture, and academic content. Analyze effective culturally responsive teaching models, explore the impact of culture on teaching and learning, and learn strategies for making appropriate pedagogical adjustments that ensure culturally relevant lessons incorporate rigor and relevance.

STRAND: Equity & Access

PANEL: Buchanan Elementary

Proactive Teaching Case Study

Buchanan educators work diligently to be empathetic and caring; reflective about their beliefs about people from other cultures; reflective about their own cultural frames of reference; and knowledgeable about other cultures. This approach ensures their school’s curriculum reflects the culture of their students. With their large population of English Language Learners (ELL), explore how they learned to focus on the supports and research-based instructional practices that help students process both the language and the content at or above the levels of English speaking students.