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WSASCD Professional Learning

July 17-18, 2024

Hosted by: 
Tacoma Public Schools

To be held at:
Mount Tahoma High School
4634 South 74th Street, Tacoma, WA 98409

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The theme of the conference is "Whole Child - Whole Educator." As such, the 2024 Washington Educator Conference will focus on teaching the "whole child," promoting the professional development and well-being of the "whole educator," and leveraging technology to create safe, healthy, engaging, supportive, and challenging spaces, which can only be achieved through a lens of equity and socially justice. These ideals have guided our conference planning, and proposals, sponsors, and exhibitors that relate to supporting the growth and development of students and teachers.

Conference Theme:

Conference Strands:

Whole Child

Ensuring students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged in equitable and socially just educational spaces.

Leveraging Technology

Leveraging technology to elevating teaching and learning in support of the whole child and

whole educator.

Whole Educator

Creating equitable and socially just spaces that support teacher well-

being, adult SEL, and encourage personal growth and development.

Feature Speakers

Monica Burns

Monica Burns, EdD, is a curriculum and EdTech consultant, ASCD Faculty member, and founder of As a classroom teacher in New York City, she used digital tools to create an engaging, differentiated learning experience to meet the unique needs of her students. Burns has led workshops and webinars and provided keynote presentations to teachers, instructional coaches, administrators, and tech enthusiasts at numerous national and international conferences, including SXSW EDU, ISTE, and EduTECH. She hosts the Easy EdTech Podcast and is the author of EdTech Essentials: The Top 10 Technology Strategies for All Learning Environments and Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom, among other publications.

Allison Rodman is the Founder and Chief Learning Officer of The Learning Loop, an education consulting organization that provides professional learning design, facilitation, and leadership coaching services to districts, schools, nonprofit organizations, and businesses internationally. Allison is an ASCD faculty member and author of Still Learning: Strengthening Professional and Organizational Capacity (2023) and Personalized Professional Learning: A Job-Embedded Pathway for Elevating Teacher Voice (2019). Her work focuses on adult learners, and she has written for Educational Leadership on professional learning, effective teams, and educator wellness, as well as Education Week’s Classroom Q&A and Edutopia.

Tammy Musiowsky-Borneman is an ASCD author, professional learning facilitator, and Director of Teaching & Learning at Kokua Academy in Kona, Hawai’i. She has experience teaching and leading Hawai’i, Singapore, New York City, and Edmonton, Canada. ​She is an ASCD Emerging Leader Class of 2014, is ​the Executive Director of the​ Emerging Leader Alumni​ Affiliate​ (ELASCD), and is a HSTE Board Member. Tammy and co-author, C.Y. Arnold wrote the 2021 ASCD book, The Minimalist Teacher, as well as other digital publications for ASCD affiliates.

Sheila Larang Whittle is a Partner at FuelEd, an education nonprofit that develops emotionally intelligent educators who create relationship-driven schools. She has worked in the education and nonprofit spaces since 2006, serving at-risk and vulnerable populations, especially youth. Sheila is a licensed educator in multiple states and has taught both Special Education and English Language Arts (ELA) at Title I Middle Schools, as well as served as the ELA Department Lead. Her commitment to educating and empowering youth earned her the Teacher of the Year award for the 2014-2015 school year.Following her teaching career, Sheila worked directly with children and adult survivors/overcomers who experienced human trafficking, assisting with education, social services, employment, training, and recovery programs both locally in the Greater Houston Area and abroad in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Sheila designed and developed human trafficking prevention education curriculum for students in middle and high school.She delivers training and presentations to diverse audiences at schools, local conferences, government agencies, businesses, places of worship, and community organizations. As Owner and Founder of Larang Consulting & Design LLC, Sheila conceptualized, created, and facilitates trauma-informed training for caregivers and direct service providers.Sheila holds a B.S.E in Special Education and English from Seton Hall University, a Nonprofit Management Certificate from The University of Texas Austin, a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) 101 Certificate from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, and a Trauma-Informed Coach Certificate from The Centre for Healing. She is currently completing her M.Ed. in Neuroscience and Trauma from Tabor College.

Lyndsay Morris, M.Ed, RYT-200 is on a mission to equip students, staff, and families with the tools to thrive in school, work, and life. Lyndsay is the Founder and CEO of Generation Wellness, an international speaker, and former school counselor. She has spent the last 18 years infusing fun, engaging wellness practices into classrooms, companies, and communities around the world. She is known for simplifying complex neuroscience into practical tools that can be implemented immediately. To date, 500,000+ human beings have utilized these practical tools, resulting in less stress and more success.

Girish Venkat, a seasoned executive and the visionary behind Thrively, is on a mission to revolutionize education by uncovering the unique genius within every child. As the founder of Thrively, Girish has meticulously crafted a platform that empowers both teachers and students to explore and develop their strengths and passions. With a proven track record in the tech industry, Girish brings expertise in turning ideas into impactful solutions. He spearheads Thrively's journey with clear goals, effective prioritization, and unwavering support for the team. Through collaborative innovation, Girish ensures that Thrively creates an environment where every student's voice is heard and valued. His dedication to uncovering the potential of every child drives Thrively forward, offering a concrete pathway for students to thrive and succeed.

Dr. Carrie Simpson has made a career of understanding, researching, and utilizing differentiated instruction as part of the foundation for teaching. She has put her expertise to practice in general education, gifted education and special education, both working on curriculum design and research-based instructional techniques. Currently, Dr. Simpson continues teaching Humanities courses for Austin Community College, working with the ACC ECHS programs, and through online instruction for the University of Texas at Dallas’ Teacher Development Center, teaching courses on Differentiation for Diverse Student Populations. She has written two books (Design DI: CAP Activities for Process Differentiation, and Design DI: How to Differentiate for Overexcitabilities) as well as publishing products for J Taylor Education (The Center for Depth and Complexity). Carrie is currently researching and writing a third book on meeting the needs of twice-exceptional learners. She recently moved to Washington and is excited to participate in the WSASCD conference

Dr. Andrew Miller is currently supporting educational policy and implementation at the state level. Miller has worked in a range of contexts as a teacher and instructional coach, including a comprehensive high school and a STEM project-based learning (PBL) school, serving students of diverse needs and cultural backgrounds through culturally responsive practices. He more recently served as a director of curriculum at Singapore American School implementing best practices across all subject areas. Miller has worked with teachers in the United States and abroad. He has supported schools and districts in both short and long-term implementation of programs focused on a variety of topics including project-based learning, effective feedback, assessment, culturally responsive teaching, coaching and reflection, and student engagement. Miller is part of the ASCD faculty and has consulted for a decade with PBLWorks. Miller holds a master's degree in teaching and a bachelor's degree in classics from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. He also earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Southern California.

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