Past CCES Conferences

NOTE: Starting in 2018, the Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement (CCSA) and the Home Base Symposium have merged to become the Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders Conference (CCES).

2020

2020

Building Networks for Future Success

April 5-9, 2020

Sheraton Greensboro Hotel & Koury Convention Center
3121 West Gate City Boulevard
Greensboro, NC 27407

2019

2019

Innovative Pathways to Personalized Learning

Innovative Pathways to Personalized Learning logo imageMarch 18-21, 2019

Sheraton Greensboro Hotel 
& Koury Convention Center
3121 West Gate City Boulevard
Greensboro, NC

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Keynote Speaker

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Colin O'Brady

Colin O'Brady is a professional endurance athlete who has achieved four world records. He grew up exploring the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and cultivated a passion for adventure in the outdoors. His success swimming in Oregon led him to Yale University. After years as a professional triathlete, he returned to his first love - the mountains. In 2016 Colin conquered the speed records for the Explorers Grand Slam and Seven Summits, a global mountaineering challenge to climb the tallest mountain on every continent including Mt. Everest and ski to the North and South Poles. In 2018 Colin shattered the speed record for the 50 High Points Challenge when he summited the highest point in each of the 50 states in just 21 days. On Dec. 26, 2018, he became the first person to cross the landmass of Antarctica solo, unaided by kites or resupplies. He accomplished the feat in 54 days, covering more than 930 miles along the way, including more than 77 miles in the final 32-hour window where he went without sleep. Throughout the nearly two-month journey, O’Brady never took a full day off.

Colin uses his athletic pursuits to fuel his charitable work. His non-profit, Beyond 7/2, works to inspire others to lead active, healthy lives and pursue their biggest dreams.

As one of America's most experienced endurance athletes and a savvy entrepreneur, O'Brady embodies what it means to overcome obstacles, unlock potential, dream big, set goals, and never give up.

Featured on 60 Minutes, HBO Real Sports, Good Morning America, New York Times, CBS Sunday Morning, PBS, CNN, Business Insider, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Men's Journal, Outside Magazine, People.com, and TODAY among many other national media outlets, Colin is a sought after public speaker with a reputation that inspires.

2018

2018

Fostering Innovation Across our State logo imageFostering Innovation Across our State

March 11-15, 2018

Sheraton Greensboro Hotel 
& Koury Convention Center
3121 West Gate City Boulevard
Greensboro, NC

2017

2017

Champions for Student Success

March 20-22, 2017

Sheraton Greensboro Hotel & Koury Convention Center
3121 West Gate City Boulevard
Greensboro, NC 27407

Conference Goals

  • Expand your knowledge base of best practices for 21st-century educators.
  • Explore the connection between school culture and student achievement.
  • Renew your resolve to develop and promote excitement for learning.

Please refer to the 2017 Conference Booklet and 2017 Session Description Guide for a list of all sessions and activities from the 2017 conference.

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Featured Presenters

Speaker Session
Aric Bostick

FIRED UP Success!!
Aric Bostick, Keynote Speaker

Aric Bostick is a former High School teacher and coach who started an after school program called the Goal Setters Club. The success of his club was featured on local news and morning shows and catapulted him into speaking to schools across the country. He has now spoken to nearly half a million students, teachers and parents over the last 16 years. He has presented at universities, public, private, inner-city, rural, charter, alternative schools, and Juvenile Detention Centers from New York City to California and from the top of the Texas Panhandle down to the border of Mexico. He has also spoken at National and State Education Conferences, the People to People Ambassador Program to students from over 60 countries at universities like Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, George Washington and UCLA. His travels have even taken him to the Bahamas where he spoke to 100 Bahamian girls at an All Girl Leadership Conference who have endured some of the worst life circumstances imaginable.

His FIRED UP message is transforming the climate of schools across the country and his best-selling book FIRED UP Success is changing the culture of every organization that buys into the fact that they can truly get, be and stay FIRED UP for life, for their students, and for all those they serve!

Dr. Chance W. Lewis

No More Excuses
Dr. Chance W. Lewis, Featured Presenter

Dr. Chance W. Lewis is the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Executive Director of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Urban Education Collaborative. The Collaborative publishes cutting-edge research and resources to improve urban schools. Additionally, Dr. Lewis is the Chief Executive Officer of The CTQ Group, a comprehensive School Improvement Firm, with an intentional focus on School Turnaround of Low-Performing Schools.

His messages give insight into strategies teachers, principals, and districts can use to close the achievement gap, build an inclusive culture, examine personal biases, and promote high expectations for all students.

Dr. C.J. Huff

Instilling Hope, Inspiring Greatness
Dr. C.J. Huff, Featured Presenter

In times of crisis, real leaders step up. After the most devastating tornado in U.S. history destroyed a third of Joplin, Missouri, claiming 161 lives, C.J., restored hope. Leading a district of 1,100 employees and 7,700 students through the recovery effort of the Joplin tornado prepared C.J. to utilize his wide range of experience as a classroom teacher, building principal, superintendent and a family farmer to connect, both personally and professionally, with the community to educate and shape the next generation of leaders.

In June 2015, he retired as superintendent of Joplin Schools to utilize his unique experiences and expertise, broadly influencing state and national education policy as a consultant and public speaker. In his sincere, passionate and down-to-earth message, C.J. offers clear leadership strategies based on his real-world experiences in his presentations.