Due to the pandemic, the Alabama Education Association (AEA) Human and Civil Rights (HCR) Division will host a virtual Minority Leadership Training (MLT) Conference on November 6-8, 2020. The MLT Conference is open to ALL AEA members.
The conference will begin on Friday, November 6, 2020, at 4:00pm. MLT entertainment will follow Friday’s sessions. Professional learning will continue on Saturday, November 7, 2020, and Sunday, November 8, 2020, beginning at 9:00am each day.
State Leaders Take the Stage
The opening highlight of this year’s conference will be a feature presentation by Alabama Deputy State Superintendents of Education, Dr. Daniel Boyd and Dr. Jeff Langham on Friday, November 6, 2020. They will introduce plans for Alabama’s new Teacher Evaluation System and share information about other important issues in Alabama public schools.
Teams Improving Practice
This year’s conference will feature educators from Perry County Schools and Lauderdale County Schools who have collaborated in teams to improve practice in both school districts. Richard Erdmann and Christine Drew, co-founders of Syfr Learning and co-authors of MEGAThinking, will lead this session with Dr. Marcia Smiley, Superintendent of Perry County Schools.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
A focus of this year’s conference is sure to be social emotional learning. Several resources and strategies will be shared in sessions addressing the social emotional needs of students as well as members. Professional Learning Unit (PLU) Sessions focusing on SEL will also be offered.
Rhithm co-founders Josh Knutson and Jake Gannon will share an interactive research-based resource aligned with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). The resource and information they will share can be used in real time to check in with students and make informed decisions about their SEL needs.
Jefferson County Schools Assistant Principal, Marvin Carter, II, will share best practices for educator evaluation in a virtual setting. There is so much more to consider with virtual teaching and learning, observations, and evaluations. Carter will share strategies that have proven to be successful. If you are working in a virtual setting, this is one presentation you don't want to miss!
Education Support Professionals
Sessions will be provided to assist education support professionals and other educators with self-care. Helpful information on working safely in school settings during this unprecedented time in education will be shared.
HCR staff is intentionally focusing on assisting ALL members with addressing social justice issues and providing ALL students and educators with safe learning environments. Cultural competence, social justice, and positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) are topics scheduled to be offered.
Sunday, November 8, 2020, will be a day for members to focus on themselves. Sessions and resources will be shared that will remind members of the importance of mental health and self-care. A highlight of the day will be a wonderful presentation by AEA District 5 UniServ Director Wendy Lang. She is sure to inspire all who hear her voice.
CEUs and PLUs
Members can begin working on a Professional Learning Unit at this year’s conference. Other requirements must be fulfilled online after participating in MLT Conference sessions, in order to earn a PLU. Sessions will be provided for teacher leaders and specialty area educators to earn professional development clock hours for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
For more MLT information, contact Dr. Pamela Fossett at firstname.lastname@example.org.