NCAEE 2017 Conference

October 22-24, 2017
Embassy Suites Resort & Convention Center

Charlotte-Concrd, NC


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NCAEE Highlights

  • Keynote Session
  • 70+ Breakout Sessions
  • Exhibit Area
  • Certificates of Attendance Awarded
  • Lunch provided Monday
  • Door Prizes

NCAEE Opening Kickoff Session

Sunday, October 22nd

Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin

Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin

Dr. Pitre-Martin will bring greetings and an update from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

SPEAKER BIO: On March 3, 2016, Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin was named the new Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Prior to that, Dr. Pitre-Martin served as Superintendent of Thomasville City Schools. Before working in Thomasville, she served as Director of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Dr. Pitre-Martin has served as the Chief Academic Officer for the School District of Philadelphia and also served as an Assistant Superintendent for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in Louisiana. Dr. Pitre-Martin is a Broad Superintendents Academy Fellow with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University. Dr. Pitre-Martin served as the Director of Research and Staff Development for the Fort Bend Independent School District in Sugar Land, Texas and the principal of Oakwood Intermediate School in College Station, Texas.

NCAEE Keynote Speakers

Monday, October 23rd (Luncheon Keynote Speaker)

Dr. John HodgeBe the One!

Dr. John Hodge

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. John W. Hodge’s career has been defined by assisting students and teachers with overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. He has served as an inspirational speaker across the United States and has been a guest lecturer at Christopher Newport University, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T State University and George Washington University. Dr. Hodge is a trained facilitator for the (SREB) Leadership Initiative Modules “Leading Assessment and Instruction” and “Creating a High Performance Learning Culture”, and a trained assessor and facilitator in the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) “Developing the 21st Century Principal” program.

Dr. Hodge is the president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a reading teacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director of AVID Center Eastern Division. He served as Director of An Achievable Dream Academy, an inner city school that piloted many of the interventions used by Urban Learning and Leadership Center. An Achievable Dream Academy is a high performing, high poverty school that has received numerous national awards.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Dr. Hodge as he presents BE THE ONE! He will discuss how the education of America’s youth is a challenging prospect when one considers the many burdens faced by impoverished children and their families. Research indicates that poverty need not be a barrier to academic excellence. As co-author of the book Standing in the Gap, Dr. Hodge states, “Across the nation, schools are demonstrating that it can be done: That students can reach high standards, that all children can succeed, that the gap between white and minority students, poor and affluent, can be closed.” More often than not, one caring adult can make all the difference in the world. Dr. Hodge’s presentation will encourage all of us to BE THE ONE!


Tuesday, October 24th (Closing Keynote Speaker)

Justin AshleyThe Balanced Teacher Path:
How to Teach, Live, and Be Happy

Justin Ashley

SPEAKER BIO: Justin's teaching career began in 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina. His teaching honors include Charlotte's East Zone Teacher of the Year in 2011, North Carolina History Teacher of the Year in 2013, and North Carolina Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 2013. He has trained educators across the state on creative lesson planning and work-life balance. His book, The Balanced Teacher Path, was published this year and is the basis for his session.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: It wasn’t long after being named North Carolina History Teacher of the Year that Justin Ashley started noticing signs of burnout. He knew he needed to make some radical changes in how he handled his work and personal life. In his session The Balanced Teacher Path, Justin will share his personal story—illuminating how easy it is to give your job everything you’ve got and leave yourself with nothing outside of school—and will show new teachers and veterans alike the self-care techniques they can employ to create work-life balance and prevent burnout. With equal parts humor and wisdom, Justin will analyze four key aspects of every teacher’s life—career, social, physical/emotional, and financial—and offer practical advice to bring these areas into sync, reigniting a passion for teaching in the process!

NCAEE Featured Speakers

Tuesday, October 24th

Kyle GreeneThe Pour Into Effect

Kyle Greene

SPEAKER BIO: Kyle Greene is a motivational speaker, author, mentor and a coach. He is the author of The Mentality Changer and is in the process of writing a sequel, The Mentality Changer II, that is expected to be released in the fall of 2017. Kyle is a motivational speaker that has been speaking all over the southeast spreading his message of love, hope, and purpose at middle schools, high schools, charter schools, alternative schools, Djj, prisons, churches and nonprofit organizations. Kyle believes that everyone has the potential to be great and he wants to help get each person to tap into their greatness. 

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Kyle Green as he presents The Pour Into Effect and reminds us that our job affects the outcome of the next generation. Through his personal life story, Kyle creatively weaves together how he became who he is today by teachers, administrators, and coaches that took the time and poured back into him; his potential to be “GREAT.” One of the most important things that educators can do is to pour into a student’s potential and then help show them how to tap into their “GREATNESS.” At the end of this session Kyle inspires and equips educators with the following takeways: 

  • The keys for teachers to win in the classroom.
  • How and why it is important to understand the voice of your students.
  • The importance of sharing parts of your story with your students. Most students just want to know and feel that you care.
  • Create cutting edge techniques to make learning fun. Bringing parts of their world into your lesson plans. 

Educators leave this session empowered, fired up, recharged, and eager to go impact the lives of their students.


Tuesday, October 24th

Justin AshleyThe Creative Teacher Path:
How to Make Learning Fun And Still Teach the Standards

Justin Ashley

SPEAKER BIO: Justin's teaching career began in 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina. His teaching honors include Charlotte's East Zone Teacher of the Year in 2011, North Carolina History Teacher of the Year in 2013, and North Carolina Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 2013. He has trained educators across the state on creative lesson planning and work-life balance. His book, The Balanced Teacher Path, was published this year.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: There are 3 kinds of great teachers: 

  1. Teachers who make school fun (students enjoy learning in these classrooms).
  2. Teachers who make school impactful (students grow academically in these classrooms).
  3.  A low-key mash-up of teachers 1 and 2-Teachers who make learning enjoyable and meaningful, where students master the standards. It’s almost as if they trick the students into learning.

The Creative Teacher Path is all about using innovation to become teacher #3-to breathe life, energy, and excitement into educational objectives that may otherwise seem irrelevant to kids.  In this session, you’ll get teaching techniques to connect with today’s 21st century learners, innovative ideas for promoting higher levels of thinking, and simple strategies for integrating humor into your weekly quizzes and unit tests. The Creative Teacher Path=more depth & rigor+more smiles & giggles.


Sunday, October 22nd & Monday, October 23rd

Rick JetterTeaching the Concept of "Adversity"
in Our Classrooms and Schools

Rick Jetter

SPEAKER BIO: Rick Jetter, Ph.D. is a National Educational Consultant, Author, Speaker, and Trainer. He has previously worked as a Middle School English Teacher, a Middle School Assistant Principal, an Elementary Principal, an Assistant Superintendent of Technology, an Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, and a Superintendent of Schools before facing extreme adversity and defeat within his career.

Rick has rebuilt his life from scratch by teaching others about adversity and authoring multiple books in various genres, including the highly acclaimed best seller, Escaping the School Leader’s Dunk Tank: How to Prevail When Others Want to See You Drown. His other work, current books and upcoming publications focus on adversity training, the power of mindfulness, hiring the best staff for your school, and how to use authentic stories for carrying out positive school climate change. Rick’s training and keynotes are bold, reflective, emotional, and insightful and will leave you laughing and entertained through his doses of real scenarios that you can relate to within the schools of yesterday and today. 

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Emotional intelligence (EQ) and character education initiatives often forget to include the concept of “adversity” or carrying out explicit, formalized training in “adversity.” As students will encounter adversity throughout their entire lives, are we preparing them to identify, understand, navigate, and solve problems related to the inevitable adverse conditions that they will face in both school and life? Participants will learn about how to infuse adversity training in their classrooms, schools, or staff development programs with strategies on how to grow more powerful EQ learners who are well versed in “adversity awareness.”

In this session, participants will learn:

  1. The emotional feelings, behaviors, and root causes that create adversity.
  2. The types of tactics that adversaries use.
  3. How to work through adverse situations.
  4. Strategies for teaching and leading adversity training in our classrooms and schools.
  5. How to tackle adversity, as professional educators, when working within our highly intricate and sometimes competitive educational systems.

This session will use stories, scenarios, and reflections to carry the audience through an engaging presentation. Participation in this “Adversity University” session will include lightning-rod writing prompt activities and sending out social media blasts while generating practical ideas for teaching and learning about adversity in any classroom or school.

NCAEE Schedule


Sunday, October 22nd
1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Registration & Exhibits Open
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Session 1
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Sponsors and Exhibitor Break
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Session 2 
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibits Remain Open
Monday, October 23rd
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Registration & Exhibits Open
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Opening Kickoff Session
Featuring Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin
8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Concurrent Session 3
9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Exhibitor Break with Coffee
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Concurrent Session 4
11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Exhibitor Break
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. LUNCH
Featuring Keynote Speaker - Dr. John Hodge
1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Exhibitor Break
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Concurrent Session 5
2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Exhibitor Break with Refreshments
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Session 6 and Exhibitor/Sponsor Presentations
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Exhibitor Break
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session 7 and Exhibitor/Sponsor Presentations
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibits Remain Open
Tuesday, October 24th
8:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Exhibits Open
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Concurrent Session 8
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Exhibitor Break 
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Session 9
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Closing Celebration and Awards Ceremony (Door Prizes!),
Featuring Keynote Speaker - Justin Ashley

NCAEE Conference Registration

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Please note: There will be no refunds after October 6, 2017.  All cancellations before October 6, 2017, 2016 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. The association is not responsible for and cannont give refunds due to problems beyond its control, such as weather or school closings.

NCAEE Accommodations

Embassy Suites Resort & Convention Center

Embassy Suites Concord NC

Reserve your hotel room today! 
Limited Availability

Embassy Suites Resort & Convention Center
5400 John Q. Hammons Dr NW
Concord, NC 28027

The Embassy Suites has a conference rate of $147 plus tax. This rate is valid through September 28, 2017, as long as rooms are available in the block. This rate includes a complimentary hot breakfast and an evening manager's reception each day!


  • CALL: 800-362-2779 or 704-455-8200. Please be sure to tell the hotel that you're with the "AEE" group.

  • REGISTER ONLINE: Go to the Embassy Suites website. Click Book a Room. Verify the conference dates (October 22-24, 2017) and the Group code is "AEE". Enter number of rooms and people, then click Continue. Finally, select your bed type.

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