We have a great line-up of speakers at our AESD 2018 Conference! On Friday, April 13, participants will be able to choose 3 of 6 unique breakout session presentations.  Make sure to read the full breakout session descriptions by selecting Breakout Sessions in the page menu.

2018 Breakout Session Presentations:

Read their bios below!

  • Illuminating the Elusive: New Developments in Evaluating Teacher Professional Development in Washington, Presented by Andrew Eyres (ESD 113) and Team
  • ESD University: An Alternate Route to Teacher Certification, Presented by Mike Nerland (ESD 112) and Team
  • Migrant Education in WA State: Why is it such a big deal? Presented by Mary Kirby & Lupe Mota (ESD 123)
  • Early Learning Shared Services Pilot, Presented by Sarita Siqueiros Thornburg (PSESD), Mary Waldron (PSESD), and Dr. Laura Lynn (PSESD)

  • Leading Groups the ESD Way, Presented by Teri Kessie and Team (ESD 123)

  • Using the High School Feedback Report to Foster Collaboration, Presented by Jeffrey Thayne (Education Research and Data Center)

Keynote Speaker Galen Emanuele


ESD 123 is thrilled to present Mr. Galen Emanuele as our 2018 AESD Conference keynote speaker! As an international keynote speaker, Galen works with teams and organizations around the globe, including Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, CBRE, and Shell, transforming the way people interact and communicate in business. Galen’s captivating programs teach teams how to apply the improv concept of “Yes, And” to improve communication, team performance, and create an intentional culture of high-level engagement. Galen is an expert in human behavior with more than 18 years in sales, marketing, and business leadership. He is also a world-class improviser, having performed and taught improv for over 12 years, including touring with improv legend Ryan Stiles, and the cast from Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Attendees can look forward to a unique, compelling, and customized presentation by Galen for our AESD Network!

Meet the Presenters:

Mike Nerland (ESD 112) and Team

Portrait of presenter Mike Nerland  Mike Nerland has been an educator for thirty-six years and during that time has had the unique opportunity to both teach and serve as principal at the high school, middle school, and elementary school levels. Mike spent the first twelve years of his career in Wyoming as a teacher, coach, and principal. In 1995, Mike and his family moved to Camas, Washington where Mike served as principal of Lacamas Heights Elementary School, Camas High School, and eleven years as superintendent for the Camas School District. Since 2016, Mike has served as the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning at Educational Service District 112.  
 Portrait of presenter Kathy Whitlock Kathy Whitlock is the Executive Director of Student and School Success at ESD 112. Her previous experiences include classroom teacher, Instructional Coach, School Improvement Specialist, building administrator, and superintendent. In addition to supporting programs at ESD 112, Kathy works closely with OSPI, other ESDs and districts in the region with school and district reform and manages multiple grants and regional initiatives. She has been both a new teacher and a mentor in rural, high-poverty districts and she received her initial teaching license through an Alternative Routes program. 
 Portrait of presenter Mike Nerland Mike Esping is the Director of Educator Effectiveness and Early Career Development at ESD 112. As a former school administrator and elementary teacher, Mike engages in supporting regional and statewide efforts to retain and grow Washington State’s newest teachers. Mike serves as an Induction Coach through the OSPI Educator Effectiveness (BEST) office and manages the coordinated and robust support for over 400 new teachers in the Southwest region. His work as a Danielson Framework Trainer and TPEP Lead broadens his reach to support the success of principals as leaders of learning. His involvement in the ESD-U project connects his commitment and passion to support systems in identifying “grow-your-own” teacher candidates, which leads to entry into a program that ensures candidate success and the beginning of a successful teaching career.
 Portrait of presenter Mark Gardner Mark Gardner is a National Board Certified high school English teacher and over the last sixteen years has served in several roles in the Camas School District, including teaching at Camas High School, as well as serving as a Teacher on Special Assignment, as a new teacher mentor, and as the district’s Teacher Leadership and Induction Specialist. Additionally, Mark is currently finishing his term as President of the Camas Education Association. After stepping away from the classroom to serve the district in teacher-leadership roles, this school year Mark followed his heart back to the classroom and currently serves the students at Hayes Freedom High School, teaching English core and electiveclasses.  
Portrait of presenter Mary Kirby  

Mary Kirby (ESD 123)

Mary Kirby serves ESD 123 as the English Language Learner and Migrant Education Coordinator. Mary joined the ESD Migrant Education Team in February of 2013 as a part of ESD 123’s newly created Migrant Education Department which serves migrant students and families in Adams, Benton, Franklin, and Walla Walla Counties. In addition, Mary is the coordinator of the Beginning Educator Support Team grant, which provides support to new teachers in several districts. Prior to joining the ESD, Mary worked as a high school English teacher in South Brunswick, New Jersey; Walnut Creek, CA; and Santa Rosa, CA. Having a keen interest in serving struggling readers, Mary spent time as a researcher for READ 180® at Scholastic in New York City where she observed READ 180 in classrooms around the country. Mary holds WA teacher certification in English Language Arts with an endorsement in English Language Learners. Mary earned a MS in Education: Curriculum and Instruction in 2002, a Single Subject Teaching Certification in English with a Cross Cultural Language and Development emphasis in 1998, and a BA in English in 1996.
 Portrait of presenter Sarita Thornburg  

Sarita Siqueiros Thornburg (PSESD), Kristen Sheridan (OESD), and Dr. Laura Lynn (PSESD)

Sarita is PSESD’s Executive Director of Strategy, Evaluation & Learning. She helps lead the agency’s work to support racial-equity focused continuous learning and improvement within PSESD and with their educational partners. Before joining PSESD in 2008, she worked in evaluation and strategy with several philanthropic organizations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Social Justice Fund Northwest, and Marguerite Casey Foundation, and as an independent evaluation consultant to community-based organizations. Sarita’s work focuses on data coaching, mixed methods program evaluation, and the development of culturally responsive performance measurement systems. Sarita earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz. 
 Portrait of presenter Teri Kessie  

Teri Kessie (ESD 123)

Teri Kessie is the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning for ESD 123 in Pasco. Her previous experiences include classroom teacher, building administrator, and Director of Career and Technical Education. Teri did both her graduate and post graduate work at Washington State University and most recently received her superintendent credential for WSU. One of Teri’s proudest educational accomplishments was the opening of a new high school in Pasco, WA, Chiawanana High School. In addition to supporting programs at ESD 123, Teri works closely with OSPI, other ESDs and districts in the region with school and district reform. Teri stays grounded in the hard work of teachers through her twin daughters who both teach in Pasco as a result, Teri’s passion is centered around helping teachers close the achievement gap so that all students can become fulfilled and productive adults.
 Portrait of presenter Jeffrey Thayne  

Jeffrey Thayne (Education Research and Data Center)

Jeffrey grew up in a small town in Utah, and pursued a undergraduate and master’s degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University. He received a doctorate in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State University. He has since worked as data communications coordinator at the Education Research and Data Center, where he works with stakeholders to improve ERDC’s research and data visualizations. 

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Andrew Eyres, Assistant Superintendent, Capital Region ESD 113; Hilary Loeb, Director Strategy, Evaluation and Learning, Puget Sound ESD; Sarita Siqueiros Thornburg, Executive Director Strategy, Evaluation and Learning, Puget Sound ESD; Janet Gordon, Program Evaluator, Kauffman and Associates, Inc.

Washington offers coordinated state-wide teacher professional development in four content areas: Early learning, English language arts, math and science. This innovative delivery model is implemented through a dynamic partnership of AESD, OSPI, and the nine ESDs. The partnership includes OSPI, AESD Assistant Superintendents who champion academic content areas, and members of the evaluation teams at Puget Sound ESD and Kauffman and Associates, Inc., an independent consulting firm.

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