Keynote Speaker: Juan Felipe Herrera, 21st U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant & Author.

Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera, the twenty-first United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, is the author of acclaimed works of prose and poetry for both children and adults.

During his laureateship Herrera traveled widely and became known for his energy, enthusiasm, and desire to include everyday citizens in the joyous work of creating literature. Continuing his long career as an educator, Herrera encouraged writers of all ages to participate in such projects as “La Casa de Colores” (“The House of Colors”), which invited Americans to contribute to a collaborative epic poem, pairing that work with treasures from the Library of Congress’s collections, a Chicago Public School program, Wordstreet Champions and Brave Builders of the Dream, and the Laureate Lab Visual Words Studio.

The son of migrant farmworkers, Herrera has credited his mother and engaged teachers with encouraging him to write poetry. His work Imagine, a buoyant, breathtaking poem, speaks to every dreaming heart imagining where life might take them. He has received many honors, including a PEN Center USA Poetry Award, two Américas Awards, two Pura Belpré Author Award Honors, an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement.

Juan Felipe Herrera lives in California.


Tuesday, November 2, 2021
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Vendor Meet & Greet - Conference Hub

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Partner Workshop: BTSB BOOKS

What makes BTSB Books different and why our books are the greatest overall value. Review the BTSB Bookstore focusing on BTSB Select, BTSB Self-Select, Support our Library book donation program.


Jeff Meskill

Partner Workshop: Citywide Digital Library on Sora: Using Digital Texts in Your Classroom

The goal of this session is to provide simple, straightforward strategies for integrating ebooks and audiobooks into current teaching practices. The Citywide Digital Library (CDL) on Sora provides access to over 20,000 digital titles that can be used to supplement your current classroom teaching strategies. With the CDL in mind, we'll discuss how to use digital texts as accessibility tools, model digital literacy skills and ensure a focus on 21st century learning.

Regis Coustillac
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Vendor Meet & Greet - Conference Hub

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM

Welcome & Keynote Featuring Juan Felipe Herrera

Anne Irza-Leggat
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Partner Workshop: "Falling" into Student Engagement with Promethean

Fall into sweater weather with Promethean as you learn about how your ActivPanel can be used in the classroom while incorporating teacher and student devices with our award-winning software options. Explore the countless built-in tools within the ActivPanel like Annotate, Spinner, Timer, and Whiteboard, and let us help you quickly start engaging your students.


Katie Marx

Partner Workshop: Collaboration is Key: Information Media Literacy in the Library & Beyond

You work tirelessly to keep your students on track. Gale provides essential, curriculum-aligned digital content that empowers educators to solve curriculum challenges and tailor instruction for all learning types. Gale's databases and eBooks can be used at home or in school, on any device. We provide true equitable access to content that supports academics, social emotional learning, and diversity and inclusion. Together, we can foster an environment where all learners thrive.

Andrea Eshelman Meg Moulton Marie DeAngelo
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Data Driven Decision Making to Support Students with Print Disabilities


This session will provide an overview of using multiple assessments to create a comprehensive learner profile for a student with a print-based disability, recommended practices for developing IEPs with examples, and selecting evidence-based instructional practices targeted to a student’s unique needs, focused on reading skills.


Melissa Mancuso Lauren Sullivan

Introduction to Digital Accessibility for Educators


For schools looking to self assess their school's website accessibility, this session will go over the basics of how to check it. Accessibility checkers will also be presented and shared.

Laura Ogando

Amplifying Immigrant Voices in History: A CR-SE Project

How can we amplify and affirm immigrant voices that are hidden while validating their assets and contributions to American and global history? This session will introduce promising CR-SE practices that leverage immigrant histories, experiences, and perspectives as well as their contributions to society beyond migration processes. Designed to serve as a gateway to MLs/ELLs' language and literacy development, participants will explore a PBL instructional design centered around big ideas, authentic CR-SE texts, oral history/storytelling and a writing cycle. This session will also equip participants with applicable instructional tools and resources. Presenter: Maria Oliveira-Friedland, Senior Director of Social Studies for MLs/ELLs, DML Audience: Educators of MLs/ELLs, Grades 4-12


Maria Oliveira-Friedland
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Vendor Meet & Greet - Conference Hub

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Partner Workshop: 8 Things you can Make Using Canva for Education

Canva for Education is a visual communications platform with a mission to empower everyone in the world to design anything and publish anywhere. Bring your ideas to life with over 60,000 ready-to-use educational templates from presentations, posters, newsletters, worksheets, lesson plans, book reports, infographics and more. It's 100% free for K12 districts, teachers and students.

In this session, Jason Wilmot, Head of Canva for Education, and Scott Nunes, Instructional Technology Coach and EdTech Influencer, will share 8 practical resources teachers and district leaders can create using Canva. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn about Canva, the free online design platform
  • How to get Canva for Education set-up 
  • How to create engaging and useful resources for your classroom or district


Scott Nunes Jason Wilmot Marcia McInnes

Partner Workshop: Reducing Redundancy

Simplifying family outreach saves time for all stakeholders. We’ll share tips for reaching families easily and quickly where they are — on their phones! Trusted by 16,000 schools nationwide (including over a hundred in NYC), Edlio’s suite of products are easy to use and accessible. Our website CMS includes forms with payment processing, online supply lists, integrations with Google (including Google Classroom!), Office365, Facebook and Twitter. And our direct messaging product, Edlio Broadcast, includes automatic translation for email, text, and voice alerts.

Nicole Legaux

Partner Workshop: Coding Programs Must Haves

Developing holistic and equitable coding programs doesn’t have to be hard—Girls Who Code has your back! Join us to gain the tools you need to easily bring fun and digestible coding curricula to your community—whether you’re a complete beginner or a resident expert! By the end of the session, you’ll understand how to incorporate essential community-building activities that encourage positive social-emotional development, build a supportive network of peers and diverse role models, and connect coding to impact. You’ll walk away with tangible tips and strategies you can implement right away and brainstorm how to enhance the STEM initiatives in your community!


Emily Ong

Partner Workshop: Empowering Students as Inclusive Designers and Creators of the Web

In this session, we’ll explore how to engage your students as web creators and designers through the lens of accessibility and inclusion with Wix Education. Participants will leave with ideas for how to bring web creation to your classroom, how to introduce the concepts of accessibility and inclusion, and will collectively brainstorm meaningful ways to use these tools in your learning contexts.

Saskia Leggett
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Vendor Meet & Greet - Conference Hub

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Introduction to Supporting Students with Disabilities in the Classroom

This session provides a general overview of responsibilities, strategies, and supports paraprofessionals may consider using with their students and students' families. Participants will explore the role of the paraprofessional in supporting students with IEPs, teachers, and families; resources that support student engagement; and academic and behavioral support strategies.

Melissa Mancuso Janine Mahlstadt Peter Di Nuovo

FOR NYC DOE STAFF ONLY: Taking Digital Accessibility Classes on Demand


NOTE: Participants must have a NYC DOE “@schools…” email address to take this course.

Learn why we created on-demand versions of our most popular classes--and how to access them. See what else our on-demand partnership offers you!
NOTE: Only the Digital Accessibility on-demand classes count toward the 3-hour annual digital accessibility training requirement for Webmasters.

Patricia Paddock

Promoting Social Emotional Learning in Digital Life

Technology is changing the social and emotional landscape that all students navigate every day, from how they express themselves to how they communicate with friends and family. How can we support all students, regardless of language or ability, to promote their own well-being and be a positive influence online?

Common Sense Education has created a Social Emotional Learning Resource Center full of free resources for promoting SEL in the digital lives of students.

Join us in this workshop as we explore: What is SEL? How is SEL related to digital citizenship? What are the unique SEL challenges that students encounter in their digital lives?

Jackie Patanio Tali Horowitz

Gateways & Gatekeepers of My Math Identity

In this session, we will explore a protocol that supports us in examining how elements of our math identity can be a gateway or a gatekeeper for participating in a math community. We will also explore a sample vignette and reflect on how this promising practice welcomes and affirms Multilingual/English Language Learners identities as well as how it provides inclusive and formative assessment.

Lenny Marin

Understanding Instructional and Assistive Technologies

This session will focus on understanding the relationship between Assistive Technology (AT), Instructional Technology (IT) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  These resources can support instruction and access to the educational curriculum for all students. An introduction to Assistive Technology, and an overview of the AT consideration to the AT Evaluation process. There will be opportunity to explore our Assistive Technology Tool Kit and preview our most commonly recommended AT tools that support students with communication, reading, writing, math, and executive function.


Maricris Formoso-Santos Lindsey Huntley Colleen Warn Joseph Piazza David Carroca
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

Vendor Meet & Greet - Conference Hub

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Vendor Meet & Greet - Conference Hub

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Getting to 100%: Program and Recovery Services

This session will focus on strategies for ensuring the full provision of ICT, special class, SETSS, and Special Education Recovery Services (SERS) as documented by the linkage between SESIS and STARS. Participants will review current data to understand the common challenges schools face in fully providing special education services as well as both short and long-term solutions to these challenges.

Sandy Ferguson Peter Schmitt

Writing in Plain Language


Inclusive websites are written in plain language.  By using everyday language,  people can more easily:

  1. Find what they’re looking for
  2. Understand it
  3. Get a better translation of it from online tools. 

This workshop gives participants a number of ways to ensure that what they write meets these goals.

Laura Ogando

The poetry of Imagine and Imagina with Juan Felipe Herrera

Join Juan Felipe Herrera, the twenty-first United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, to hear about the story and poetry of Imagine/Imagina and the creation of poetry with your students from the smallest to the tallest.

Anne Irza-Leggat Christina Gavin

Classroom Roots, Global Reach with the New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB)

How do we provide our graduates with access to the global economy? Our multilingual learners are well on their way to achieving the New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB). The NYSSB is a rigorous achievement (available to graduating seniors) and a way to affirm and build upon students’ unique identities, aligned to CR-SE principles. Throughout the NYSSB process, multilingual learners show their proficiency in English and one or more languages, setting them up for success in our global economy, including college, careers, and life. During this session, participants will learn about the NYSSB, how to get started, and the resources available to support them in the process.

Jill Schimmel

Panel Discussion: Manga for Middle Grade!

In this panel, you’ll meet three manga creators who specifically create books for elementary and middle grade students. We’ll discuss the growth and increasing popularity of manga and why these artists are excited about creating comics for younger kids. We’ll cover some common questions, like how to figure out whether manga is age-appropriate, and how to understand storytelling and visual conventions that are common in manga. And we’ll discuss the most fundamental question of all: what even is “manga”?

Mark de Vera Misako Rocks Lena Reilly Ashley Hawkins
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Vendor Meet & Greet - Conference Hub