School Improvement Innovation Summit 2012 to Feature Leading Experts in Education and New Innovations in Education Technology

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Featuring education experts from around the nation and the newest educational technology, the School Improvement Innovation Summit 'will undoubtedly be one of the most important education conferences of the summer.'

Education experts from across the nation will gather in Salt Lake City next week to provide strategies for improving schools and to discuss the newest developments in education technology. The annual School Improvement Innovation Summit (SIIS), hosted by the education company School Improvement Network, is a summer education conference that draws some of the nation’s leading names in education. Presentations cover education’s most innovative advancements, from implementing Common Core Standards to gradeless classrooms.

“The School Improvement Innovation Summit is an opportunity for authors and experts from the front lines of education to present what they are doing to improve schools across the country,” said Chet Linton, School Improvement Network CEO and President. “Combine that with a showcase of the newest technology for improving education, and the Summit will undoubtedly be one of the most important education conferences of the summer.”

This year’s conference will be held July 16-17, and feature leaders in education, such as Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Dr. John Covington, Dr. John Barge, Felicia Cumings Smith and Mary Esselman. All presentations will follow the TED Talk format, with 18-minute keynote presentations and one-hour breakout sessions.

“It’s a refreshing change from most conferences,” Linton said. “We’re doing this to focus on helping participants generate plans and strategies they can take back to their schools and put into action.”

The Summit will highlight the newest programs in professional development and teacher effectiveness, including School Improvement Network’s Teacher Effectiveness System (TES), a step-by-step process that improves teacher practices and arms educators with a toolset to succeed at every step of the teacher learning cycle, and become more effective in the classroom.

“TES is an integrated and on-demand platform that combines School Improvement Network’s PD 360, Common Core 360 and Observation 360 into one powerful toolbox for improving teacher effectiveness,” Linton said. “It’s everything teachers need to teach more effectively..”

A new digital book platform called LiveBook 360 will also be highlighted during the summit. LB 360 expands dialogue between teachers, increases note taking abilities, and generates more educator engagement.

This year’s summit will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center with sessions from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. both days. A complete list of speakers and events can be found at All media is welcome, and interviews with speakers may be arranged in advance.

Immediately following the Summit on July 18-19, The School Improvement Network will host a Common Core Institute at the same location, presented by Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Ann Johnson from Curriculum 21.

About School Improvement Network

Founded in 1991 by teachers, the School Improvement Network provides comprehensive, research-based professional development anytime, anywhere. As the home of The Video Journal of Education, PD 360, Observation 360, the Learning 360 Framework, Equity 360, and Common Core 360, School Improvement Network resources focus on the most relevant topics, feature the top experts, and show educators how to put theory into practice. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,500 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at

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