2013 Education Leadership Conference

Leading for Equity: The Pursuit of Excellence

A conference for teachers, assistant principals, principals, superintendents, and school board members

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 8am - 4pm
Gateway Center Ballroom 35
University of North Texas

Denton, TX

The deadline for conference registration has been extended, and we will now accept on-site registration the day of the conference.

Opening Remarks - 8:30am

Dr. Jerry Thomas
Dean, College of Education
University of North Texas

State of Education in Texas - 8:45am

Dr. Mike Moses
Senior Educational Advisor
Raise Your Hand Texas
Center for Reform of School Systems

Dr. Johnny Veselka
Executive Director
Texas Association of School Administrators

Dr. David Anthony
Raise Your Hand Texas

Luncheon Address - 12:00pm

Sylvia McMullen
Executive Director
Texas Education Reform Foundation

Afternoon Sessions

The Links to Personal and Professional Success (2:00 PM)
Todd Whitthorne

President and CEO
Cooper Concepts, Inc.

Predictive Analytics for K-12 (3:00 PM)
Presented by IBM

Conference Sponsor

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Keynote Address - 10:00am

Award-Winning Author Jonathan Kozol
"Fire in the Ashes: Awakening the Spark of Motivation Among Students"

In the passion of the civil rights campaigns of 1964 and 1965, Jonathan Kozol gave up the prospect of a promising and secure career within the academic world, moved from Harvard Square into a poor black neighborhood of Boston, and became a fourth grade teacher.

He has since devoted nearly his entire life to the challenge of providing equal opportunity within our public schools to every child, of whatever racial origin or economic level. He is, at the present time, the most widely read and highly honored education writer in America.

Now, in the major book of his career, published in September 2012, Jonathan tells the stories of triumph of inner-city children he has known for a quarter-century in the poorest urban neighborhoods of the United States, as well as the more somber tales of those who have not survived. Hope and glory, sorrow and despair, are intermingled in these pages, but the transcendent victories of many of the children Jonathan's readers have already come to love have left him with a cautious optimism as he looks into the years ahead.

When he is not with teachers in their classrooms, or at universities and colleges speaking to our future teachers, Jonathan is likely to be found in Washington, where he has spent much of the past two years attempting to convince his friends within the Senate leadership to radically revise the punitive aspects of the federal
testing law No Child Left Behind.

Register Online Mail-in Registration and
Conference Brochure

Conference Sponsors

  • University of North Texas College of Education
  • Department of Teacher Education and Administration
  • Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning

For additional information:

Dr. John Brooks
(817) 832-8336

Dr. Jimmy Byrd

(940) 565-2175


Marilyn Kocurek
(940) 565-2175

Amanda Barksdale

Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning

(940) 565-3484
Fax: (940) 565-3801