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CPSI Effective Schools Conference Series

The Effective Schools Conference Series is the cornerstone of CPSI's professional development program. Each session is scheduled to be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Morning refreshments, program materials, and lunch are included in the conference fees.

Conference Registration Information

Conference Registration Information and Form (PDF)

Conference Parking

  • Parking permits will be available for purchase only 30 days prior to each conference – links for each conference will be below with online registration
  • Attendees will click on the link, create an account (or access an existing account), order and pay their permit. To create an account, click on Sign Up in the upper right hand side of screen. Once there you will be asked for an email, first and last name, and to create a password. If you have an account, use your email address and password to access your account and order your permit.
  • The permit is to be printed out and used to park on campus. If you are parking in the garage, scan the special barcode on the permit to enter and exit the garage for the event. If you are parking outside the garage, the permit needs to be placed on the dashboard of your vehicle and be clearly visible.

2016-2017 Conference Presentations

Dead Presidents and Whales:
Engaging Students with Nonfiction Text

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Donalyn Miller

Donalyn Miller Conference Information Flier (PDF)

Donalyn has written both The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild. Her articles about teaching and reading have appeared in publications such as Education Week Teacher, The Reading Teacher, Educational Leadership and The Washington Post. Donalyn Miller taught upper elementary and middle school students in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and was a finalist for 2011 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year. While many students enjoy (or prefer) nonfiction texts, some express disinterest or avoidance. How can we engage students with nonfiction when students’ past reading experiences may be limited to dry textbook reading and research report assignments? Donalyn will share instructional moves and conferring tips for engaging K-12 students with nonfiction (or any genre they avoid). She will include a look at newer nonfiction titles, authors, and formats, as well as online resources.

Fostering Resilient Learners:
Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Pete Hall

→ Pete Hall Conference Information Flier (PDF)

A former teacher and veteran school principal, Pete is the author of more than a dozen articles on school leadership and six books, including Fostering Resilient Learners. Pete Hall currently serves as a speaker, an author, and a professional development agent for schools and districts across the globe. Pete will share how to cultivate a trauma-sensitive learning environment for students across all content areas, grade levels, and educational settings. Pete will help you to understand what trauma is and how it hinders the learning, motivation, and success of all students in the classroom; build strong relationships and create a safe space to enable students to learn at high levels; adopt a strengths-based approach that leads you to recalibrate how you view destructive student behaviors and to perceive what students need to break negative cycles; head off frustration and burnout with essential self-care techniques that will help you and your students flourish.

Next Generation Science Standards

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Jaymee Herrington

→ Jaymee Herrington Conference Information Flier (PDF)

Jaymee Herrington is a teacher, science content specialist, and science consultant with over 18 years of experience in instruction, assessment, and instructional technology. He is a writing team member for the Next Generation Science Standards and continues to work as a consultant and PD provider with teachers across the United States. Currently he is the Coordinator for Professional Learning in the Katy Independent School District, just outside of Houston. Jaymee will help connect the dots of NGSS and literacy and will demonstrate how integration and support in mixed-practice will allow for a smoother integration of science into reading. With the connection of the NGSS’s Crosscutting Concepts, a variety of approaches will be shown to assist in the successful implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards in K-12 classrooms. Jaymee will also focus on how NGSS focuses on student need and how the role of the teacher is affected in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Innovative Mindset Practices and Strategies

Thursday, April 6, 2017
George Couros

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George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator, school and district administrator, and is the author of the book The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. Carol Dweck’s work has focused on the ideas of “fixed” and “growth” mindset, yet educators will need to go a step further with these notions to create the learning opportunities and that our students and schools deserve. We need to focus not only what we know, but also what we do with what we know. In this session, George will discuss the idea and characteristics of “The Innovator’s Mindset” and share powerful examples on why this is so crucial for all educators.

Lori Elliott presentation at the April 2013 CPSI Conference

Lori Elliott presents "Teach Like a Techie" at the April 4, 2013 CPSI Conference

CPSI 30th anniversary logo

Barbara Havlicek
CPSI Executive Director
345 Bluemont Hall
1114 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506

Samantha Strate
Associate Executive Director
353 Bluemont Hall
1114 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506