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2018 Pre Ceremony

2018 National Teacher of the Year to Deliver Ceremony Keynote

2018 Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning
Mandy Manning

Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning will deliver the NBRS keynote address at 3:30 on Wednesday, November 7th.
Ms. Manning will speak on Building Community: Compassion, Connection, and Commitment. Ms. Manning teaches English to newly arrived refugee and immigrant students in the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. She uses experiential projects, like map-making, to help her students process trauma, celebrate their home countries and culture, and learn about their new community and make connections. As 2018 National Teacher of the Year, Mandy encourages educators to teach their students to overcome their fears and seek out new experiences. Please join us in hearing from Mandy and participating in a Q+A session. Checkout her website,


Featured Student Speaker: Liberty Ladd, Falmouth, Maine

Featured Student Speaker Liberty Ladd
Liberty Ladd

On Wednesday afternoon, Liberty Ladd will talk about the importance of educators listening to students’ voices and perspectives and the impact teachers can have on students.

Liberty Ladd, a senior at Falmouth High School, is an appointed student representative to the Maine State Board of Education. Her activities include: Women’s Rights Advocacy Club, Improvisation Club, Civics Club, and Underclassman Representative to the SAIL Committee. She volunteers with the Falmouth Youth Field Hockey and Softball. Her academic interests include: United States History, Chemistry, and United States Government and Politics.


Thursday Sessions: Leveraging the NBRS Award, Life after NBRS, Crayola Creative Teaching and Learning, and Spark PD with Edcamp

Four concurrent sessions will be offered at 8:30 a.m. and again at 10:00 am on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Strategies for Leveraging Your National Blue Ribbon School Award

Annette Jones
Annette Jones

Annette Jones, Associate Director of National Catholic Education Association, and co-speakers will offer ideas for celebrating the honor-–within the school, with the local community, the state, and international audiences-–as well as share guides for developing marketing action plans.

Ms. Jones is a former National Blue Ribbon School Principal. Learn “blue” activities and practical strategies for leveraging this prestigious national award. Attendees will have an opportunity to design and develop an action plan for their school community.

Life After National Blue Ribbon

Sheila Harrity
Dr. Sheila Harrity

In 2013, Dr. Sheila Harrity, was principal of Worcester Technical High School, which received the National Blue Ribbon Award. She was recognized as the 2014 National High School Principal of the Year. Dr. Harrity is currently Superintendent-Director of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School (Fitchburg, MA).

Dr. Harrity will share her journey as an educational leader, discuss some of the challenges and obstacles she overcame along the way, and highlight solutions that were instrumental in the success of her school and her professional pathway. As she applies the principles and practices that helped her to succeed in reshaping yet another vocational high school into a model program that is being emulated across Massachusetts and the country.

Creative Teaching and Learning Matter

Cheri Sterman
Cheri Sterman

Cheri Sterman, Crayola Director of Education, helps educators understand creativity and build creative capacity based on research and best practices. Creativity is essential in preparing 21st century learners. Prior to joining Crayola, Cheri taught child development at the University of Cincinnati and Sinclair College in Ohio. She leads art-integration seminars annually for many national associations and events. Ms. Sterman is currently Vice-Chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Learning.

Ms. Sterman’s approach to workshops is to explore, discuss, and reflect. You will explore creativity using hands-on exercises and learn the importance of creativity in developing students’ future workforce-ready mindsets and abilities. Through discussions and reflective thinking, participants will explore their creative confidence. You will learn how to infuse more creative experiences into the school vision. You will have the opportunity to plan how a Creative Leadership Team can build school-wide creative capacity, support colleagues, and drive change in your school.

Spark Professional Development with the Edcamp Model

Hadley Ferguson
Hadley Ferguson

Experience a mini-Edcamp with Hadley Ferguson, Executive Director of the Edcamp Foundation. A former middle school history teacher, she is a founding organizer of the original Edcamp in Philadelphia. She is co-author with Kristen Swanson of Unleashing Student Superpowers: Practical Teaching Strategies for 21st Century Student.

Come and hear how Edcamp can help energize your personal learning as well as the professional development in your school and district. Edcamp has disrupted professional development since 2010, with over 2,500 Edcamps being held around the world. The magic comes from the power of educators collaborating and learning together through conversations, rather than standard presentations. You will choose the topics and run the discussions. Come away with tools you need to bring this type of learning into your community.


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