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IAAE Annual Spring Conference

April 20-21, 2017

Dare to Disrupt

Keynote: Dr. Pedro Noguera

Thanks to our conference Gold Sponsors:
Lutheran Services in Iowa and Cornerstone Church.


Cornerstone Church

Thanks to our Bronze Sponsors:
Iowa Net High Academy


Keynote (Day 1):  Dr. Pedro Noguera

Dr. Pedro Noguera is one of America’s most important voices for healthy public education, focusing on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions. He’s an expert on school reform, diversity, and the achievement gap.  Dr. Noguera is the Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. He is the author of twelve books and over 200 articles and monographs. He serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations and appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA he served as a tenured professor and holder of endowed chairs at New York University, Harvard University, and the University of California, Berkeley. From 2009 - 2012 he served as a Trustee for the State University of New York (SUNY) as an appointee of the Governor. In 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Education. Noguera recently received awards from the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences, from the National Association of Secondary Principals, and from the McSilver Institute at NYU for his research and advocacy efforts aimed at fighting poverty.

Featured Speakers (Day 2):

Sue Fothergill facilitates Attendance Works’ Network to Advance State Attendance Policy and Practice (NASAPP), a network of more than 100 organizations from 31 states and the District of Columbia.  Sue is also responsible for coordinating Attendance Works policy work at the local, state, and federal level.  Prior to joining Attendance Works, Sue served as the director of Attendance and Related Strategies for the Family League of Baltimore, director of the Baltimore Student Attendance Campaign, and co-chair of the Baltimore Education Coalition.  Sue holds a B.A. in Public Policy from the University of Baltimore.

Alicia Oglesby is a high school counselor at a private independent school in Washington, DC. After graduating from Howard University, Alicia spent eight years working with adolescents in a community mental and sexual health setting. She received her school counseling certification in 2014. Alicia presented “Race in School Counseling” with Rebecca Atkins during the Annual National Association of School Counseling Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. After taking courses at the University of Pennsylvania and Virginia Tech, Alicia continues to explore issues related to education and racism.

Patti Treibel Leeds, MS is the Community Services Director for Hamilton County and is the Quality Assurance Officer for Central Iowa Community Services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services with an Education minor from Buena Vista University. She received her Master’s Degree in Human Services/with a counseling specialization from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Patti has been an adjunct instructor with Iowa Central Community College and Buena Vista University.

Conference Overview - Program Schedule
2016 Risky Business XXIX

Renouncing Poverty: Tricks and Treats featuring Dr. Donna Beegle as Keynote
Monday, October 31, 2016 - Airport Holiday Inn and Conference Center - Des Moines, IA

2016 State Conference
Neila Connors has shared her Power Points with us!
Presentation #1
Presentation #2
Presentation #3

On Fire or Burned Out
Dealing with Difficult People
It's What You Say and How You Say It
Handouts for PBS Digital Resources for the Classroom
Please Pass the Love by Jennifer Ulie-Wells
Job Corps by Dr. Jim Lindenmayer
Resources for Personal, Social, Emotional Behavior by Dr. Ray Morley
Why a Different Way by Dr. Ray Morley
Cost of Dropping Out 2015 by Dr. Ray Morley & Dr. James Veale

2014 Risky Business Handouts:
Charlie Appelstein Handout #1
Charlie Appelstein Handout #2
Human Trafficking Session:
Fact Sheet
LGBTQ resourse sheet
Tools for Educators