Join Apex Learning at iNACOL 2018!

Be sure to check out the following informative sessions:

Transforming Equity of Opportunity: Join Three Districts for an Interactive Discussion on Developing an Equity Initiative to Drive Achievement and Ignite the Potential of All Students

Monday, October 22, 11:15 A.M.–12:15 P.M.

Join three districts raising the bar in education for an interactive discussion on how their equity initiatives are improving systemic culture, conditions and competencies to raise achievement for all students. From training and professional development to establishing consistent policies and using personalized learning to transform the classroom, these districts are creating pathways for success to engage, encourage, and empower young people, regardless of gender identity, race, class, or nationality.


Rashad Slade Director - Blended Learning, Guilford County Schools

Rashad began his career as a high school Career & Technical Education teacher. After 8 years in the classroom, he made the transition to a district-level technology integration specialist and eventually the Director of Instructional Technology & Innovation. Under his leadership, Rashad increased diversity among the online instructional staff through equitable hiring practices and he is committed to creating equitable and inclusive schools, which is part of the district's core values.

Diana Marshall Director, Equity and Student Achievement, San Juan Unified School District

Diana Marshall oversees mentoring of specific populations, cultural proficiency training for all employees, student voice and advocacy, creating positive school climate for ALL students, and increasing diversity in the workforce at San Juan Unified School District. She facilitates the Equity Task Force and the Equity Community Collaborative, a partnership with the district and the community to support students in a strategic and aligned approach to develop an inclusive culture for all members.

Antoine Hickman, Ed.D. Executive Director, Exceptional Student Learning Support, Broward County Schools

Dr. Hickman is on the front-lines of advocacy, leading professional development on inclusionary practices, behavioral interventions, cultural competency and addressing the disproportionate representation of African Americans in special education and overrepresentation of minority students relating to school discipline as well as equitable practices to narrow the education and opportunity gaps faced by students based on socioeconomic status, race, gender, ethnicity, language or disability.

Erin Jones Independent Education and Systems Consultant, Speaker and Former Candidate for State Superintendent (OSPI), Erin Jones, LLC

Erin Jones has taught in a variety of environments, including some of the most diverse communities in the nation. She received the Most Innovative Foreign Language Teacher in 2007, the Washington State Milken Educator of the Year in 2008, was recognized at the White House March of 2013 as a "Champion of Change” and was the PTA’s “Outstanding Educator” in 2015. She ran for State Superintendent in 2015, the first Black woman to run for any state office in Washington State, and lost by just 1%.

English Language Learners within Today’s Classrooms: Providing Educators with the Resources They Need to Effectively Meet the Needs of This Diverse, and Rapidly Growing, Student Population

Monday, October 22, 4:00-5:00 P.M.

English Language Learners represent the fastest growing student population in the U.S. Nearly three out of four classrooms have at least one ELL student, and just one-third of ELL students reach basic proficiency on national exams in math and reading, while the dropout rate for ELL students is double the national average. Join three districts for an interactive discussion on current demographics and projected growth, legislation, and policy changes to support ELL students, as well as best practices for implementing and evaluating effective resources to drive achievement for these students.


Jerald Wilson, M.A. Administrator, Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Global H-TECH, Dr. Emmett J. Conrad High School, Dallas Independent School District

Prior to being selected to participate in the highly competitive Dallas ISD Fellows Program, Jerald Wilson honed his skills as a math teacher and instructional coach in several districts in the Dallas Fort Worth area. At Conrad High School, he became immersed in learning about and supporting ELL students from across the globe. Conrad’s student population represents over 30 languages and cultures, many of whom are refugees from war-torn countries.

Dr. Ramon Namnun Principal, High School of World Cultures

Dr. Ramon Namnun has spent more than two decades in education, focusing on meeting the needs of English language learners. High School of World Cultures, one of three schools housed in the James Monroe Educational Complex in the Bronx, offers instruction for new arrival students within New York City Public Schools. Dr. Namnun authored a column that will be coming out in the April issue of District Administration on the topic of better meeting the needs of ELL students.

Tom Davis Director, California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators

Tom Davis has over thirty years of experience in education teaching secondary school Biology, Bilingual Science and Spanish courses in both private and public-school systems. Tom served on an Edsurge panel in 2016 on English Learners & Leadership and presented a workshop at CABE in 2017 on improving listening skills for English Learners, and he Presented at the California Middle School Association Annual Conference on integrating thematic science instruction into bilingual classrooms.

Shane Jay Fairbairn, Ph.D., M.Ed. Supervisor of Instructional Technology, North East Florida Educational Consortium

Dr. Fairbairn is an educator who believes in the equalizing power of technology. A former soldier, teacher, instructional coach and manager of technology integration, his perspective is shaped by technical and instruction forces. He co-developed/facilitated a program with Rigoberta Menchu Tum Foundation to help rural Guatemalan teachers learn English. He believes that by removing barriers and providing all learners with access to education, we will be a stronger, more unified world community.