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March 30 - April 1, 2015

You are invited to attend and participate in the 2015 Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement (CCSA), March 30 - April 1, 2015 at the Sheraton Four Seasons/Joseph S. Koury Convention Center, 3121 High Point Road, Greensboro, NC.

CCSA is a multi-faceted professional development opportunity for educators at all levels and education/student advocates. Click here for conference goals and registration.

Featured Presenters:

Sean McComb

Keynote: "Sparking Hope: Teaching as a Catalyst to Launching Great Learning"
Sean McComb , 2014 National Teacher of the Year

Concurrent Session: "The Decisive Element: Defining Your Ability to be the Difference" Teaching is one of the world's most complex crafts. How do great teachers reach the reluctant, capitalize on student capacities, and maximize learning? Sean will explore a range of strategies from the cultivation of one's particular teaching persona, to developing structures for continuous professional growth, and lessons learned from the classroom.

Baruti Kafele

Your School’s BRAND Determines Student Outcomes
Baruti Kafele, School Leadership and Development

Toward creating a school of academic excellence, educators often focus on the implementation of teaching strategies that will enable their students to perform at the highest levels. In this intensive, thought-provoking workshop, Principal Kafele will challenge school leaders to consider the "brand" of their schools first. Throughout this workshop, school leaders will be engaged in a very honest, thought-provoking, yet empowering conversation about who the school is currently – its brand – and what it needs to do to transform into the school that it truly desires to become.

"Effective Vice Principal LEADERSHIP"

In far too many schools across the U.S. – particularly inner-city urban schools, the vice principals are relegated to the role of "disciplinarian" or "Dean of Students." They spend entire school days disciplining and suspending instead of leading and inspiring as instructional leaders must do. In this high-energy and highly interactive half or full-day seminar, Principal Kafele provides vice principals with the knowledge they need in order to function as instructional leaders as opposed to school disciplinarians. Principal Kafele contends that far too many vice principals are ill-prepared to step into the role of principal because they simply have not been trained to function as principals and they haven't been given the day-to-day exposure to instructional leadership. This workshop will provide vice principals with the "tools" they need in order to approach their current positions differently. They will be better prepared to assist the principal instructionally, while they simultaneously prepare themselves for a principal leadership position in the future.

Brooks Gibbs

"The Resilience Revolution"
Brooks Gibbs , Featured Presenter

Discover how to transform bullied victims into resilient happy kids in as little as one week. When they learn how not to be victims, no one can bully them, and they don't need grownups to solve their social problems. Brooks Gibbs is a certified "Bullies to Buddies" trainer and will present a revolutionary approach to bullying prevention that makes psychology and the wisdom of the ages come alive. Be ready to laugh and learn with this popular bullying expert.

Elfrieda Hiebert

The Literacy Solution: More Reading, More Knowledge
Elfrieda Hiebert, TextProject & University of California, Santa Cruz
Sponsored by Amplify

The problem: Many students aren't reading at the levels required in the 21st century workplace and world community. The solution: Students need to have many opportunities to read texts to expand their information. This session will provide concrete guidance on the two-part solution (reading more, learning more). Included in the guidance will be sources for open-access texts that ensure more reading and more learning in classrooms.

James H. Johnson

Keynote: “Transforming 21st Century Teaching and Learning: Demographically Speaking
James H. Johnson, University of North Carolina, Kenan–Flager Business School


Conference Registration
Online registration now open

Conference Schedule
(pdf, 105kb)

Conference Program
(pdf, 2.9mb)

2015 Session Documents

Information for Presenters
(doc, 228kb)

Registrants attending the full conference are eligible to receive a Certificate of Attendance providing 15.5 contact hours of professional development. Completion of the overall conference evaluation is required to generate the official Certificate of Attendance.

The Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement welcomes exhibitors of educational services and products. Click here for additional information.

Expanded Exhibitor Floor Plan
(pdf, 78kb)

The Sheraton Greensboro Four Seasons serves as the headquarters for the conference. The conference has secured a special rate of $132 for single or double rooms. Accommodations can be secured online at

The attendee code needed in order to receive the group rate is CCSA15 (not case sensitive). Book your room early! Conference attendees may also make reservations by calling the hotel directly at 1.800.242.6556.

Conference Interns
Congratulations to the individuals below who have been selected to serve as CCSA 2015 Interns.

  • Ayla Allen
    Special Education
    East Carolina University

  • Logan Burris
    Elementary Education
    North Carolina State University

  • Richard Carden
    Middle Grades Education - Math
    Campbell University

  • Spencer Gallant
    Elementary Education
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte

  • Melissa Goto
    Elementary Education
    North Carolina State University

  • Brianna Parham
    Elementary Education
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte

  • Rachel Stannard
    Elementary Education
    Elon University

  • Megan Towell
    Middle Grades Social Studies/Language Arts
    Campbell University

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