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Dr. John Covington and Dr. Mary Esselman to Keynote at the School Improvement Innovation Summit





Salt Lake City, UT (Vocus/PRWEB) February 08, 2011

The School Improvement Innovation Summit, the first annual conference for users of the award-winning PD 360 professional learning solution from School Improvement Network (SINET), will feature Dr. John Covington, Superintendent, Kansas City, Missouri School District (KCMSD) and Dr. Mary Esselman, Assistant Superintendent, KCMSD, as keynote speakers. Teacher quality is the key indicator of school performance and the Summit, being held July 11-13, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah, will focus on how to effectively incorporate professional learning to improve teacher quality and in turnstudent, school and district performance.




Dr. Covington and Dr. Esselman will headline a general session titled, Transforming an Entire District. They will detail their successful reform plan that dramatically improved the Kansas City, Missouri School District, bringing them national recognition. Dr. Covington received the Public Administrator of the Year award from the greater Kansas City chapter of the American Society of Public Administration last May recognizing his outstanding results at KSMCD.

We need a metamorphosis of educationfrom the cocoon a butterfly should emerge. Improvement does not give us a butterfly only a faster caterpillar, said Dr. Covington in the groundbreaking work Systemic Change: Touchstones for the Future School (Banathy, B.H., 1996, ed. P. Jenlink).

Dr. Esselman will also lead a session titled, Issues and Solutions for Teacher Evaluation. This session will provide timely insights on how to incorporate effective teacher evaluation in district-wide school improvement plans. Teacher Evaluation has become a hot national topic and will continue to be addressed in school improvement guidelines.

I am thrilled that Dr. Covington and Dr. Esselman will be our keynote speakers, said Chet Linton, CEO. Summit attendees will have the unprecedented opportunity to hear both speak about the incredible advances they have made for the students at Kansas City Schools. The combination of leadership, courage and improved systems has truly transformed the district. This generous sharing of experience is typical of the professional development community.

PD 360 has opened the doors for educators and administrators to access best practices in education, with real classroom examples from the top experts. Now, SINET is offering those same experts and authors all in the same venue. Sessions will include such vital school issues as:

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