2015-2016 Conferences

Awakening the Learner Education Conference

Featuring:  Robert Marzano and Darrell Scott, Keynote Speakers

October 22, 2015

CVELI’s annual Exemplary Practices in Educational Leadership Conference  is designed for P-16 educational leaders—superintendents, district leaders, principals, site leaders, teacher leaders, deans, and higher education faculty—to explore the roles and critical actions of leaders as they transform their organizations into collaborative cultures of 21st century learning for students and educators. 

This year’s conference will feature Robert Marzano and Darrell Scott, author’s of the newly-, popular book, Awaken the Learner.  Together, they will share best practices designed to create and sustain an inclusive school culture that ignites a passion for learning, promotes engagement, enriches learning and cultivates a sense of belonging for students and teachers.

Morning breakout sessions will include such topics as integration of technology, building leadership capacity, project-based learning, early literacy, parent and student involvement, Data Dashboard-measuring results, EL learners, strategic planning, collaborative math problem solving, CACSS/CCR and more! 

All conference attendees will receive a FREE copy of Darrell Scott’s and Dr. Robert Marzano’s book, Awaken the Learner.

Registration begins May 8.  The conference is expected to sell out, so register early.

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Registration Fees:

  • $215    Early registration before August 22
  • $240    August 22-September 25
  • $265    Late and on-site registration, September 26-October 22. 

Breakfast, lunch and conference materials included.

Conference location:

  • Clovis Veterans Memorial District    Clovis CA (located off 5th and Clovis Ave in downtown Clovis)

Contact Mabel Franks at mafranks@csufresno.edu for more information

Lead Teacher, 4-Part Workshop Series

TeachersThis workshop series is specifically designed for teachers in leadership roles—grade level chairs, department chairs, PCL leads, teachers on special assignments, or instructional coaches.  Participants will learn skills and strategies that can be applied immediately in any  K-12 leadership role. 

Registration Information

  • Register for all four, or attend any combination of the four-part series. 
  • $150 per session

  • Free campus parking pass available for participants.
  • Breakfast 8:00-8:30 am.  Lunch on your own. 

Register separately for each session.  Click on the Session Title  to register.

Session 2: Leading PLCs in the Common Core World

  • Date: November 12, 2015
  • Time:  8:00 am- 2:30 pm.
  • Location:  Fresno State Peters Building, Room 194

An engaging hands-on, interactive session filled with activities designed to learn and support leading the Common Core with opportunities to discuss and practice the how to of instructional leadership, hold results-driven data discussions, problem solve, and share best practices in a challenging, yet psychologically safe, work environment.

Session 3: Creating and Sustaining Engagement to Get Results

  • Date: January 28, 2016
  • Time:  8:00 am- 2:30 pm.
  • Location:  Fresno State Peters Building, Room 194

Highly-engaging, meaning-centered session explores what makes people tick, how to raise expectations without destroying self-confidence and recognize the power in empowerment. Understand what drives engagement, produces results, encourages action and builds the collective capacity of team members.

 Session 4: Dealing with Difficult People

  • Date: March 11, 2016
  • Time:  8:00 am- 2:30 pm.
  • Location:  Fresno State Peters Building, Room 194

This session provides you with effective, concrete techniques for dealing with difficult people in the workplace. It provides specific strategies for creating a positive work environment that encourages complainers to agree, bullies to surrender, non-communicators to participate and pessimists to see the brighter side of life.


English LearnerLeading Effective Programs to Ensure English Learner Success

Dr. Nancy Akhavan, Presenter


Workshops are designed to support school leaders- District administrators, Principals, department/  grade level leaders and lead teachers.

Registration Information:

  •  $150 per session OR $250 when registering for both sessions
  • Free campus parking pass available for participants.
  • Breakfast 8:00-8:30 am.  Lunch on your own
  • CLICK on Session Title to Register

Session 1:  ELD Standards and Framework                        

  • September 29, 2015
  • 8:00 am -3:00 pm
  • Location:  Fresno State Peters Building, Room 194

Wondering about how to implement the new ELD standards and framework? Learn about the New CA ELD standards and the implications for program and instruction. Examine the causes and cures for addressing the issues with Long Term English Learners  and develop a plan to ensure students receive ELD instruction that meets the demands of the new framework. - ensuring ELD is integrated and designated.

Outcomes: Know and be able to develop program for New ELD standards and Framework. Plan for LTEL program and instruction. Focus on designated and integrated ELD.


Session II: Creating a Culture for Academic Success              

  • November 17, 2015
  • 8:00 am-3:00 pm
  • Location:  Fresno State Peters Building, Room 194

How do  leaders create a school environment in which ELL thrive?  Learn how to create a culture of academic achievement for ELLs.  Learn how to meet student needs in language acquisition and literacy through precise language design and vocabulary-based RTI.  Focus on building capacity and examining opportunities for school improvement while meeting the needs of EL and long-term English Learners in academic content areas.

Outcomes: Programs and lesson design for language acquisition - blending DOK task with Language use and development. Effective programs for intervention for ELL students and create action plan for school improvement focusing on EL students and changing the outcome for LTELS.





CVELI Past Conferences

photo of Michael Fullan


Maximizing Leadership for Systemic Change 

Dr. Michael Fullan, Keynote Speaker



Connie Kamm


Navigating the Common Core: Standards-Driven Instruction, Formative Assessment, Intervention and Enrichment

Dr. Connie Kamm







Marking Progress on the Professional Learning Communities at Work Journey: Are You Soaring or Settling?

Becky and Rick DuFour





Exemplary Practices Education Leadership Conference: Shaping 21st Century Learning  Video featuring keynote speakers: Dr. Eric Mazur, Harvard University on Interactive "Peer" Instruction

Dr. Mariale Hardiman, Johns Hopkins University on Brain-Targeted Teaching  See resources on Hardiman website. 
Conference Presentation available (Click on title) 

Conference Handouts:

Exemplary Practices Conference with Richard Elmore and Yong Zhao

Exemplary Practices Conference with Anthony Muhammad and Eugene Garcia 

 Exemplary Practices Conference 2011 with Doug Reeves

Luis Cruz ( Feb 14, 2012 ) Promoting Equitable Schools

Tom Many (Dec 15, 2011) - Assessment

Debra Pickering ( Oct 25, 2011 ) Developing Instructional Leaders - Notes/Presentation