This exciting education conference is focused on the most innovative practices happening within education. NH is out in front of the nation on many educational practices and the all-star lineup is here to share their expertise with you. Come down to Portsmouth, NH and learn about how you can take your school to the next level. Also, don't forget to enjoy the beautiful city itself!
Founder/President for the National Center for Competency-Based Learning - Fred Bramante
Topic: Moving Time to Competency!
2017 NH Principal of the Year - Brian Stack, M.Ed.
Topic: The Shift to Competency-Based Learning Through PLCs in Schools
Trauma Expert- Emily Daniels, M.Ed., MBA, NCC
Topic: Trauma-Informed Practices for Teachers
CTE Director / Author - Amanda Bastoni
Topic: From CTE to Art: Why Flex Time Works
Educational Coffee Talk: During this time, presenters are available to support conversation between conference attendees. Conversations with staff from other schools are a great way to build many positive ideas. Large sticky notes will be on the walls of the venue for attendees to write down their ideas and thoughts that connect to the big topics of the day. This will allow for a valuable gallery walk as the day progresses.
Stay the Night
Monday April 15th, 2019
Come to Portsmouth the night before the conference, stay the night and have a fun and relaxing week night getaway.
The hotel directly across the street from the conference center
Enjoy a night out with friends in beautiful downtown Portsmouth, NH
Book your room now!
Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
23 Portwalk Pl, Portsmouth, NH 03801
the National Center for Competency-Based Learning
In 1995, Fred Bramante received the Alumni Achievement Award from Keene State College, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Science (1970). In 2009, Fred
was given the Alumni Achievement Award from Plymouth State University where he received his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership (2006). In 1964, Fred graduated 206th of 212 students in his high school; that year his applications for admission to both colleges were rejected.
Fred, a former 8th grade Science teacher, left teaching to put a full-time effort into his fledgling music business. With his life savings of $600, Fred founded Daddy’s Junky Music (1972) and grew it from the smallest of over 11,000 music dealers to the 15th largest in America.
Fred is a former candidate for governor and the past Chairman of the New Hampshire State Board of Education. Appointed by both Republican and Democratic governors, Fred served on the State Board of Education longer than anyone in the state’s history. In 2003, Fred led New Hampshire’s first full-scale effort to redesign public education since 1919. Fred’s work, chronicled in his book Off the Clock: Moving Education from Time to Competency (Bramante & Colby, Corwin Press. 2011), has received rave reviews in education circles around the nation.
Today, Fred is the Founder and President of the National Center for Competency-Based Learning (NCCBL) whose vision is “the world as the classroom.”
Emily Daniels, M. Ed
Emily Daniels has more than twenty years experience supporting at-risk children and affecting change in mission driven settings. She possesses a unique skill set as a seasoned counselor and trained "systems thinker." She has extensive experience as a change maker in urban, suburban, and rural educational settings.
Emily start her own consulting firm, "HERE this NOW" which provides technical assistance to systems seeking to build capacity for becoming "trauma-informed." Her clients have included individuals that participate in her workshops (administrators and executives, direct care providers, and everything in between), school districts, staff development companies, health care systems, and non-profits that serve children. Passionate about the revolutionary promise of the trauma movement, Emily won't stop until she has helped build a coordinated system of public services that heal, connect, and care for all involved.
Expert Teachers Presentation
CTE Director / Author
(former high school teacher)
Amanda Bastoni, M.A.
Making Time for Creativity:
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Student Success
Amanda Bastoni is the CTE Director at Nashua North High School. She is also finishing her doctorate in Education at New England College. She will share how she used
flexible time to personalize education as a teacher and how she uses the time currently as an administrator. She will also share how flexible time can be tailored to meet the specific needs of CTE classes. Her talk will include interviews with students and teachers, as well as research that helps educators understand the education theories behind Flex time and personalizing learning.
2017 NH Principal of the Year
Brian M. Stack, M. Ed
Brian M. Stack, M.Ed, is the Principal of Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, New Hampshire and an author with Solution Tree, a professional development program that supports educators in schools and districts around the world. For the past decade, Brian has been a member of the research, design, and implementation team for the school district’s nationally-recognized K-12 competency-based learning system. Brian has been an educator since 2001 with a background as a high school math teacher, curriculum director, high school administrator, and school board member in three different school districts in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He has worked as a consultant and expert coach for a number of schools, school districts, and organizations engaged in personalized and competency-based learning from coast to coast. His latest Solution Tree book was written to help school leaders make this transition in their own schools.
Brian is a member of the New Hampshire Association of School Principals. He received the 2017 New Hampshire Secondary School Principal of the Year award from that organization. In 2010 and again in 2013 he was recognized with the Outstanding Role Model award, also from that organization. He is a strong advocate of personalized learning, competency-based learning systems, and high school redesign for the 21st century. He has presented his education reform and redesign work in workshops and conferences all over the country.
Brian received his bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and math education from Boston University and a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He lives with his wife Erica and their five children Brady, Cameron, Liam, Owen, and Zoey on the New Hampshire Seacoast. Follow Brian Stack on Twitter at @bstackbu and you can learn more about his work to redesign public education on his Principal’s Blog.
Keynote Presentation Title:
Breaking With Tradition: The Shift to Competency-Based Learning Through PLCs in Schools
Over the past decade, New Hampshire schools have received much national attention and recognition for their innovative approach to personalized learning through student-centered, competency-based learning models. In this keynote, high school principal Brian M. Stack will share his experiences as a school leader who was engaged in both the design and implementation of this model in the Sanborn Regional School District in Kingston, NH. Topics will include a discussion on change management and the need to change, understanding what a competency-based model looks like, the development of competency-based grading practices and quality performance assessments for the classroom, and the role of Professional Learning Communities, flexible learning time, and other school-wide systems to support the work for both teachers and students in the schools.