Learner FIRST Center for Observable Impact



COVID Recovery Conference

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The current COVID-19 crisis has put teachers, teachers assistants, administrators and school boards in an unprecedented position to figure out how to best support learning during times of uncertainty? The answer to the question posed is pretty straight forward: “we have no idea!” We “have no idea” because it’s impossible to know the future as things are changing globally on a daily basis. One area of concern that has become evident as a result of COVID-19 is the anticipation of the 2021-22 school year. Even though many schools have returned to in-person learning (and others are still hoping to return this year), the realities they are experiencing the long-term effects on their students is becoming more evident by the day. The truths of reality are displayed in the news, on social media and in every household conversation occurring on a daily basis.


Join colleagues and schools from around the world at the Learner FIRST COVID Recovery Conference. The Conference that focuses on all things related to helping schools work through the challenges presented in education by the COVID-19 Pandemic. This two day professional learning conference has been designed to give educators access to resources, thought-leaders, practitioners and provide solutions to help improve their ability to analyze and plan for what lies ahead of them with the educational consequences of COVID-19. The obstacles we face as a profession are significant, so it’s time we help educators move from survival mode to planning for observable impact. 


Topics Covered: Assessment/Grading, Collaboration (PLC), Collective Teacher Efficacy, Equity, Leadership, Literacy, Mathematics, Relationships, Response to Intervention and Social Emotional Learning

Keynote Presenters

Cale Birk

"Let's Build the Ark Before it Rains"


For many of us in our schools today, we are still knee-deep in virtual learning, synchronous learning, hybrid learning, or some variation in between! So the very idea of committing the last few bits of our available bandwidth to planning for the uncertainties of the fall seems crazy, illogical and impossible all at once. Yet as schools begin to see a brightening light at the end of the tunnel of the COVID pandemic, leaders, teachers and learners are being confronted by one thing that IS certain: there will be gaps in student learning when students come back to our schools after summer break. And while we may not be sure what the gaps are or how large they might be, when that first bell rings in the fall, we know we will quickly need to determine where our students are at and the most promising practices to get them back on track, all while trying to keep them on a pathway to move forward. But how can we begin to create a plan that meets the needs of our learners AND our busy teachers before that first day? In other words, “How can we build the ark before the rain?”.

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LaVonna Roth

"Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E to take care of YOU!"

When we feel tired, unsettled and dealing with unknowns, we can lose our focus, patience, and passion. The good news is… there’s a solution! Get ready as we take you through the framework of S.H.I.N.E. so you remember the incredible educator you are, no matter where you are.

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Myron Dueck

"Ch-ch-ch-Changes & CONSTRAINT - The Upside of Uncertainty and Restrictions"


We’ve been through some pretty big changes in our collective past, but let's face it, the past year has been like no other.  We're witnessing transformational forces are at play in the global education arena - some certainly hastened on account of COVID.

This past year could be called the 'you can't do that year', and we’re all growing weary of it. Who didn't reach their wits end longing to do things the way ‘we’ve always done them’?

In this optimistic keynote, Myron will argue that instruction and assessments that include inquiry, differentiation, exploration and problem solving may continue to help us adapt in a crunch - whatever that might look like.

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Greg Wolcott

"Coke Cans, Curb Cuts, & COVID"

As the school year ends, educators and parents across the globe have seen the effects COVID has had on the mental health and well-being of their children. Nearly half of parents have noticed a new or worsening mental health condition in their teen since the pandemic started; 3 in 4 say COVID has affected teens’ social interactions. Educators report similar concerns and are worried about the potential long-term impact this crisis will have on their students and what they can do to help their students when instruction resumes in the fall.

 In this inspiring keynote, Greg Wolcott, author of the best-selling book Significant  72: Unleashing the Power of Relationships in Today’s Schools and Director of the Learner FIRST Center for Social Emotional Learning and Academic Excellences describes ways educators can enhance student social connections and provide students the emotional support they so greatly need.


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Breakout Presenters


Cale Birk


Shelly Daun


Jenni Donohoo

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Myron Dueck

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Dennis Griffin, Jr.

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Mark Hansen

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Victoria Hansen


Garth Larson


Danica Lewis

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Rufus Lott

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Michael McDowell


Becky Peppler


LaVonna Roth

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Dominique Smith


Greg Wolcott

Julie Wright

Detailed Agenda