Schools to Watch are on a sustained trajectory of improvement, and can serve as models for other schools.
Jimmy Casas will join us for a Saturday keynote event that you won’t want to miss!
160,000 STUDENTS SKIP SCHOOL EVERY DAY FOR FEAR OF BEING BULLIED. ~ National Center for School Engagement
We are delighted to be able to bring to you the founders of Rachel’s Challenge at our Sunday breakfast and business meeting.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Creating a school climate less susceptible to harassment, bullying and violence is possible. We see it happening in socioeconomically and demographically diverse schools across North America every day.
For us it started when Rachel Joy Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999. But that was only the beginning of the story. After her death, many students that Rachel reached out to shared stories with the Scotts about the profound impact her simple acts of kindness had on their lives; even preventing one young man for taking his own life. They soon realized the transformational effect of Rachel’s story and started the non-profit organization that is Rachel's Challenge today.
In the seventeen years since we lost twelve innocent lives, including Rachel, her legacy has touched 22 million people and is the foundation for creating programs that promote a positive climate in K-12 schools. Her vision to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion is the basis for our mission: Making schools safer, more connected places where bullying and violence are replaced with kindness and respect; and where learning and teaching are awakened to their fullest. And it works!
In 2015, he received the Bammy Award as the National Secondary Principal of the year. Jimmy is the Co-Founder of EdCamp Iowa and #IAedchat, Finally, Jimmy is the co-author of the book, “What Connected Educators Do Differently,” and “START.RIGHT.NOW.,” which he wrote with Todd Whitaker and Jeff Zoul.
Jimmy is currently a Senior Fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education, serves as an adjunct professor for Drake University, teaching courses in educational leadership, and is a member of the Professional Development Faculty for NASSP; the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Finally, he is the co-founder and CEO of ConnectEDD, an educational leadership company aimed at organizing world class professional learning conferences (What Great Educators Do Differently) and professional development services for educators across the country.
Jimmy Casas served twenty-two years as a school leader, including fourteen years as Principal at Bettendorf High School. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the Best High Schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report.
Jimmy was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for NASSP 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year. In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge.
The Sheraton Myrtle Hotel is the host hotel. The conference rate is $114 and is available until January 29, 2018 or until room block is filled. Click here for the booking link for the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel. You can also call 1-888-627-8203 and refer to SC Association for Middle Level Education 2018 Convention.
SCAMLE provides a fantastic opportunity for middle level educators at the annual conference. If you work with young adolescents in any capacity, you don’t want to miss the conference!