Spark, Ignite and Launch Sessions
The innovate conference will also offer a variety of learning opportunities for attendees to engage in content:
Spark Session: 30-minute session to spark interest around a particular topic, tool, strategy or idea.
Ignite Session: 60-minute session to provide an experience to ignite passion around a topic, tool or strategy with an idea for implementation
Launch Session: 90-minute session with an opportunity to explore an idea, topic or strategy, provide implementation and impact considerations, and time to consider execution within your school environment
#innovate23 session schedule
(current as of 1-12-23; subject to change)
Click on content strand boxes below to see session descriptions
Mitch Matthews Sessions
Keynote session | “Google Your Brain” – 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Inspire innovation, performance and excellence! This engaging and fun keynote session will increase your ability to innovate, perform and be open to new ideas. Through powerful stories, relevant case studies and applicable tools, Mitch will unlock your ability to use “solution-based” thinking to be more creative, more committed and bring more excellence! True innovation doesn’t take a 2-day retreat, it can simply come from two minutes spent with a better question. These concepts can be applied at work and at home!
Breakout Session | “Is Your Hair on Fire?” – 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Break free from the cycle of worry and stress… so you can be more creative, engaged and effective. Learn how a life-changing and laughter-inspiring experience on a Montana mountain top forced Mitch to overcome worry and become passionate about helping others to do the same.
William Martinez Sessions
Keynote Session | "The Power of Belonging" – 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
This powerful and unique keynote highlights the key factors in student engagement and success. Equity, access, language, community and the power of belonging are showcased to remind us of the foundations for a safe student environment. William’s incredibly impactful message is vital for ALL educators to witness so they can connect back to their “WHY” and truly grasp the power of their words and actions on EVERY child. William Martinez is a multi-award-winning international keynote speaker with a story that everyone in education needs to experience.
Breakout Session | "Impact. Connect. Rest." – 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Rest: Discover creative ways to rest our mind, body and soul, and how to ensure that we take care of ourselves to be able to deliver 100% to our students. Connect: Explore out of the box ideas for collaborative teaching to connect and bring a sense of unity and continuity to the school and fosters relationships that create strong connections across departments to benefit both students and fellow teachers. Impact: Brainstorm different ways to positively impact our community that aligns with our curriculum inside the classroom. Explore ways to create instant buy-in that gives student learning purpose, drive and real-world skills.
Breakout Session | "Sign Language in the Classroom" – 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
OPEN Session to ALL Educators
Learn how to understand your students’ needs with just a hand raise, give clear direction without speaking and create a unique bond with your students by learning another language. Gain resources to further expand your knowledge of ASL vocabulary and non-verbally communicate with students while keeping the flow and attention of the class intact. Teachers can course correct students who have lost focus without disrupting the other students’ concentration. It enables shy students to communicate without drawing unwanted attention and creates a unique relationship between the teacher and students by learning a new language together. ASL is a powerful classroom management tool, regardless of subject or student grade level.