Game Changer Sessions

Tueday, June 23, 2020

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Dr. Nick Davidson, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control

SC DHEC Overview of COVID-19


Tueday, June 23, 2020

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Principal Baruti Kafele

Effective School Leadership in a Global Pandemic and Beyond

2020 has presented school leaders with a challenge that could never have been anticipated toward preparing for it – a global pandemic. Consequently, district and school leaders are scrambling to maintain some level of continuity for their students while in the midst of uncertainty about when and how schools will reopen. In this session, Principal Kafele provides attendees with strategies toward maintaining leadership effectiveness during what will likely prove to be the greatest challenge that they will ever encounter in their leadership careers.


Tueday, June 23, 2020

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Jennifer Butler, LISW-CP-S, SC Department of Mental Health

Connections:  Understanding and Making Connections to Create Suicide Safer Schools
Participants are invited to join in the important conversation regarding mental health and suicide.  We will work to understand suicide; how we can connect to our youth before, during, and after a crisis; what resources are already in place; and what is needed going forward.  Everyone is needed in this effort to support and save our youth.


Tueday, June 23, 2020

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Karen Mapp, Harvard University

Building the Capacity for Effective Family-School Partnerships

The purpose of this session is to share what we now know about the critical role that partnerships between families and school staff play in the support of academic achievement and school improvement.  Dr. Mapp will discuss the link between these partnerships and student outcomes as well as the high impact strategies that lead to effective partnerships between families and schools.
Dr. Mapp will summarize the research and promising practice strategies featured in the 2007 publication Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships, the 2011 publication, A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform, the 2017 publication Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success, and the Dual Capacity Framework for Family-School Partnerships version 2, 2019.