NISD Hosting Back-to-School Conference

NISD Hosting Back-to-School Conference
Posted on 07/31/2019
NISD Hosting Back-to-School Conference

Nacogdoches ISD’s Back to School Conference for teachers, principals and assistant principals is scheduled for Aug. 19-20 in the Stephen F. Austin State University Student Center and the Miller Science Building.

During the conference, teachers and administrators will hear from four education specialists: Brian K. Butler, Regina Stephens Owens, Greg Kushnir and Paula Rogers. Owens and Rogers hold degrees from SFA.

All sessions for the conference are based on the essential actions from the book, “Taking Action,” a book for using RTI, or response to intervention, to ensure student success.

The purpose of the conference is to develop a broad understanding for the district of implementing RTI in a professional learning community, or PLC, which are small teacher groups on each campus.

On the first morning, interim Superintendent Alton Frailey will welcome staff to the conference. Morning and afternoon sessions are scheduled for both days.

During the course of the conference, NISD staffers will provide answers to “What is our campus vision?”, “What are our Collective Commitments as a Campus?”, “What Will This Look and Sound Like on our Campus?”, and “What Should We Start and Stop Doing as a Campus?”

The speakers have extensive experience in public education. 

Brian K. Butler is a consultant and former principal at Mason Crest Elementary in Fairfax County, Va. He has a bachelor’s degree in speech communications from George Washington University and a master’s degree in school counseling from George Mason University as well as an administrative endorsement from the University of Virginia.

Regina Stephens Owens is an internationally recognized presenter and practitioner and is a former teacher, director and executive director of curriculum and instruction. She served as the principal of Spring Virtual School and the Early College Academy at Southridge in Texas, both operated under the PLC philosophy, ensuring high levels of learning for all students. Owens has a master’s degree in educational leadership from SFA and is currently working to obtain a doctorate in educational leadership from Dallas Baptist University.

Greg Kushnir is principal of Esther Starkman Middle School in Alberta, Canada. He’s served as an educator for more than 25 years and is a former high school and middle school teacher, middle school assistant principal and K-6th principal. In 2014, Kushnir was nominated for the Learning Partnerships Award of Excellence as one of Canada’s outstanding principals. Kushnir earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Alberta. 

Paula Rogers is an educational consultant who supports schools in the implementation of PLC and RTI. Rogers retired in 2015 after a career in public education as the deputy superintendent for instruction, accountability, and human resources for Hallsville ISD.

Rogers holds a master’s degree in education from SFA and certifications in general education, special education and school administration.


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