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Professional Development

Upcoming Speakers

Spencer Henry, September 22, 2017: Spencer is an experienced educator who provides teachers, administrators, support staff, and parents with practical ideas for motivating and managing today’s children.

Patrick Briggs, October 25, 2017: Patrick Briggs is a thought-provoking and motivational speaker. He will encourage adults to examine their mindset and practice when considering if “all means all” in regard to educating students. His high-energy presentations will move listeners to positive action, both in and out of the classroom.

Jon Antonetti, February 15, 2018: John Antonetti is a learner. He has had the great fortune to visit classrooms throughout North America in an effort to answer the question “What truly engages learners?” From thousands of students in pre-K through Graduate School, John has learned the three facets of powerful learning tasks—intellectual, academic, and emotional engagement.

Conferences and Seminars

Professional development conferences and seminars are at the heart of ESP. These events provide members with current educational research, theories and policies while emphasizing campus implementation and classroom instruction. Seminars draw upon the expertise of state and national consultants.

An advisory committee of teachers, principals and superintendents recommends topics and speakers, helping ESP respond to campus and district needs and concerns. The professional development series, "Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Innovative Instruction," is organized around school improvement themes broadly associated with one or more of the correlates of effective schools.

Campus Planning Workshop

In March, ESP leadership teams are invited to attend a planning workshop. This spring retreat has become one of the most anticipated and valued events of the project year. During the workshop, school leadership teams are able to

  • evaluate their school year-to-date,
  • reflect on the research and other information received at ESP conferences,
  • refine their campus improvement plan or other school operations and
  • exchange ideas, goals, and triumphs with other campus teams.

Past ESP Speakers

Spencer Henry: an experienced educator, for the soul purpose of providing teachers, administrators, support staff and parents with practical ideas for motivating and managing today's children.

Marcia Tate: the author of many bestsellers, including Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain.

Eric Sheninger: focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures.

Dave Burgess: Teach Like a PIRATE seminars offer inspiration, practical techniques, and innovative ideas that will help you to increase student engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life as an educator.