2017 NEFEC Summer Leadership Conference

July 11 & 12, 2017 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL


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photo of Dr. Tammy Pawloski

Keynote Speaker - Tammy Pawloski, Ph.D.

Professor of Education, Francis Marion University

Director, FMU Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty

“Best professional development session EVER!” “Down to earth and realistic!” “I can do this stuff!” “Every teacher needs this information…!”

Tammy Pawloski has led more than 500 professional learning events for teachers, school leaders, and stakeholders. More than 35 years later, she understands the challenges and opportunities of teaching. When she entered the profession, Pawloski thought she would teach kindergarten in her rural South Carolina forever, but the twists and turns in her career have taken her into elementary schools and colleges from South Carolina to Southern California. She has devoted the last ten years to the study of children of poverty—why they struggle and which strategies have the greatest impact. Pawloski is a noted expert because of her breadth of knowledge, however what resonates most with teachers and school leaders is her ability to deliver an uncommon combination of research, practice, and compelling stories from the field that empower and challenge them to show up and show out as effective educators. Don’t miss this session!


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Keynote Speaker - Dr. John W. Hodge

President and co-founder, Urban Learning and Leadership Center

Dr. John W. Hodge is president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a reading teacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director of AVID Center Eastern Division. He served as Director of An Achievable Dream Academy, an inner city school that piloted many of the interventions used by Urban Learning and Leadership Center. An Achievable Dream Academy is a high performing, high poverty school that has received numerous national awards.

John received his Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina A&T State University where he graduated with honors. He later received his Master of Arts degree from Chapman University. John completed his academic and professional preparation by earning a Doctor of Education degree from Virginia Tech where he conducted extensive research on factors that contribute to the academic success and/or failure of impoverished children. What sets Dr. John W. Hodge apart in the field of education is his well-documented ability to put research and theory into everyday practice in rural, urban and suburban schools. Dr. Hodge has helped educators in elementary, middle and high schools make the necessary changes to help all children meet and exceed rigorous academic standards. He is truly one of America's most respected new voices in education.

Prior to starting his career in education, Dr. Hodge distinguished himself in the service of our country with the 7th Infantry Division of the United States Army. He is known as a master teacher and staff developer.

Dr. Hodge's career has been defined by assisting students and teachers overcome obstacles and achieve goals. He has served as an inspirational speaker across the United States and has been a guest lecturer at Christopher Newport University, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T State University and George Washington University. Dr. Hodge is a trained facilitator for the (SREB) Leadership Initiative Modules “Leading Assessment and Instruction” and “Creating a High Performance Learning Culture”, and a trained assessor and facilitator in the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) “Developing the 21st Century Principal” program.

Dr. Hodge is a frequent speaker for elementary, middle and high school student assemblies. His presentations are often “the spark” for schools in their quest to meet and exceed state/federal accreditation standards and implement strategies for continuous improvement. Dr. Hodge is an expert in helping schools create and sustain academic excellence.


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