This year's VANAS theme is about getting people connected in our schools, whether it be teacher to student, student to student, or parents to school community.
How can we, as educators, create an environment of connectivity and inclusivity?
A nationally-recognized presenter,author, and humorist, Jack Berckemeyer, began his career as a middle school teacher in Denver, Colorado. After two years of teaching he was named as an outstanding educator at his school, and shortly thereafter he was identified as one of the outstanding educators in the district. In 2003, he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Falcon School District. Jack brings his energy, humor, and expertise to all staff development as he helps teachers and administrators remember why this job makes a difference. Jack has presented in conference and school district settings both nationally and internationally. Jack served as a judge for the Disney American Teacher Awards and the selection committee for the USA TODAY All-Teacher Team.
Jack Berckemeyer is known for his motivating, practical ideas communicating a message of hope, laughter, and insight into education.
Jack was also the Assistant Executive Director for the National Middle School Association for 13 years and is the author of Managing the Madness - A Practical Guide to Middle Grades Classrooms. He is also the co-author of H.E.L.P. for Teachers. His most recent publications are Taming of the Team - How Great Teams Work Together and Deliberate Optimism - Reclaiming the Joy in Education, co-authored with Dr. Debbie Silver and Judith Baenen.
Beth Baker, M.S.Ed., is an independent behavioral consultant and an intervention specialist at Colegio Internacional de Caracas. She was formerly the lead PBIS coach for a school district in the Minneapolis metropolitan area, as well as a special educator for many years, working with students who have emotional behavioral disability (EBD) needs. Beth is the co-author of The PBIS Team Handbook and will be writing the second book soon!
Beth is a sought after presenter in the areas of PBIS and Social-Emotional Learning. She shares her personal experiences from 20 plus years as a teacher, including lessons learned and lessons still learning, honestly with a bit of gentle humor. Her presentations are hands-on and practical – attendees could be implementing new ideas or practices recommended by Beth within a day or so. She considers teaching to be a journey that we never quite complete; always changing and growing. Follow Beth on Twitter at @PBIS_Beth and on Facebook @the PBIS Team Handbook.
|Welcome: Mr. Lee McClenny and Keynote: Mr. Jack Berckemeyer||9:00-10:30||Covered Courts|
|Second Keynote, Ms. Beth Baker||1:00-1:45||Covered Courts|
|Job Alike Session||3:05-4:00||TBD|
|Head of Schools||Board Room - Lower Library|
|Secondary Principals||SS Library|
|Elementary Principals||ES Office|
|Early Years Teachers||Room 119|
|Grade 1||Room 115|
|Grade 2||Room 216|
|Grade 3||Room 217|
|Grade 4||Room 220|
|Grade 5||Room 223|
|Modern Languages||Room 201|
|Music||SS Music Room|
|IT/Technology/Design||SS Tech. Room|
|Visual Arts||SS Art Room|
|Library||Early Years Library|
|Counselors||SS Counseling Center|
|Modern Languages||Room 201|
VANAS 2016 is a paperless conference - all presentation materials, information, and announcements will be hosted on Google Drive. The link of the Presentations’ Main folder is here. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org