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Conference Registration:

All types of Registration include: 

1 Gala Dinner ticket

1 Saturday Luncheon ticket

*Additional Gala and Luncheon tickets available for purchase for guests.

You must sign up additional guests in advance.


Payment by check or credit card is required on or before June 1, 2019.

Checks can be made out and mailed to:

National Forum, P.O. Box 224, Savoy, IL 61874.

*You may register on-site, however, Gala and Luncheon and Lunch and Learn tickets will not be available. Tickets will not be sold on-site for meal events.


Conference Registration Fees: 3% processing fee added to the total at Checkout


General Registration: $475 per person

2019 Awarded Schools Registration: per person rates

Groups of 1-4: $420

Groups of 5-10: $410 

Groups of 11 or more: $400 

* 3% processing fee will be added to all orders at checkout.

* Registrations received after June 1st are not eligible for the group rates. Tickets will be $475 each.


Optional Items

Must purchase tickets in advance

Pre-Conference Sessions: Wednesday, June 26

Full Day: $175 each (lunch included)

Half Day: Morning or Afternoon $100 each


Morning - 9:00-11:30 a.m

Session I: Managing Disruptive Behaviors within a Restorative Framework - Twelve Corners Middle School, Rochester, NY (STW Redesignation IV)


Afternoon - 1:00-3:30 p.m (Choose 1 session only)



Session III: Intelligence, Code-Breaking, and Law Enforcement- National Law Enforcement Museum (held at the museum)


Lunch and Learn Session: Friday, June 28th: Gerry Brooks: Personal Climate and Culture – You Make the Difference  

Ticket price is $75 each (Plated lunch included). Only 250 tickets will be sold.


Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations must be emailed to

Please call to verify receipt of cancellations at 217.469.6299.


Cancellations will not be taken after June 1, 2019. If you should have to cancel after this time period, you may substitute someone from your school to attend in your place.  Even if there are no substitutions, you will still be charged the entire conference fee.

2019 STW Conference Agenda


Wednesday, June 26

Pre-Conference Sessions


9:00-11:30 am

Session I: Managing Disruptive Behaviors within a Restorative Framework - Twelve Corners Middle School, Rochester, NY (STW Redesignation IV)


1:00-3:30 p.m 



Session III: Intelligence, Code-Breaking, and Law Enforcement- National Law Enforcement Museum (held at the museum)

(Choose 1 Afternoon Session Only)



Thursday, June 27 


8:00 am- 9:30 am

Advocacy Training Session


9:45 am-11:45 am 

Conference Opening Session:
-The Declaration of Middle-Grades Independence- Rick Wormeli


11:45 am- 1:00 pm

Lunch on your own

1:00 pm-3:30 pm

Afternoon Session: Differentiated Grading: Tackling the Most Controversial Grading Issues in the Middle-Grades Classroom Today
-Rick Wormeli

1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Congressional Meetings

Evening: Enjoy Washington D.C. and time with your team!



Friday, June 28


8:00 am-3:45 pm

Exhibits Open


8:00 am-8:55 am

Session I


8:55 am-9:25 am

Morning Break and Exhibit Time


9:25 am-10:20 am 

Session II

10:35 am-11:30 am

Session III

11:30 am-1:25 pm 

Ticketed Plated Lunch and Learn Session: Personal Climate and Culture – You Make the Difference

-Gerry Brooks


11:30 am-1:25 pm

Visit exhibits/Lunch on your own

1:25 pm- 2:20 pm  

Session IV


2:30 pm-3:25 pm

Session V

3:30 pm-4:30 pm

Featured Speaker: SIGNing The Song: YOU HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE - William Martinez

5:30 pm- 6:20 pm 


6:30 pm-10:00 pm

Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony
-Awards honoring 2019 Redesignated Schools



Saturday, June 29


8:45 am-9:40 am

Session VI

9:40 am- 9:50 am



9:50 am- 10:45 am

Session VII

11:00 am-2:00 pm

Luncheon and Awards Ceremony
-Awards Honoring Newly Designated 2019 Schools to Watch and Schools to Watch Districts


Presented by The National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform

Washington, DC

June 26th-29th 2019

Pre-Conference - June 26th, 2019

Conference Site and Accommodations


Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway,

Arlington, VA 22202, 703-920-3230
Rate: $225/night


CALL 703-920-3220 to book your room or book online.

Book your rooms as soon as possible because the room block fills early. Please notify if you are informed the room block is filled. You will then be provided with information for an overflow block of rooms at a nearby hotel. The Crystal Gateway is minutes from Washington Reagan Airport and provides free Marriott shuttle service that runs to and from the airport every 30 minutes. The hotel is located at the Metro-Crystal City stop for easy accessibility to all D.C. sites.

Conference Overflow Accommodations


Hilton Garden Inn Reagan National Airport

2020 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia, 22202, 

TEL: +1-703-892-1050 


CALL 1-703-892-1050 to book your room or book online using code NFA.

Book your rooms as soon as possible because the room block fills early. Please notify if you are informed the room block is filled. 



Pre-Conference Sessions

Twelve Corners Middle School: Morning Pre-Conference Session Wednesday (Ticketed)

Pre-Conference Speakers


Morning Session

Managing Disruptive Behaviors within a Restorative Framework

Presented by Victoria Mosetti and Cyndi Luciano


Managing Disruptive Behaviors within a Restorative Framework


Through this presentation, participants will be provided the opportunity to add to their classroom management toolbox, establish relationship building techniques, learn about restorative justice practices, and gain techniques to promote positive school culture and climate. Participants will leave with:


·         Useful verbal techniques that allow for more effective teaching

·         Tier 1, 2, and 3 behavioral interventions to support classroom instruction 

·         Strategies to implement a positive behavioral intervention support system

·         Successful prevention and intervention strategies 

·         Practical strategies to reduce disruptive behaviors in the classroom 

·         Proactive ways to build relationships with students 

·         Effective de-escalation strategies 

·         Valuable strategies for crisis management 

·         Ability to empower yourself as an educator and help students get the most from their learning 

·         A 5-step re-entry plan within a restorative justice framework. 


This is an opportunity for educators to strengthen their classroom management skills, develop a realistic and practical behavior management plan for their classroom, and expand their knowledge in building relationships with families and students to sustain an effective discipline model.

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Victoria Mosetti

Victoria Mosetti is a School Psychologist in the Brighton Central School District in Upstate, New York. She has been in this role at Twelve Corners Middle School for 5 years.  She also serves as the Committee on Special Education Chairperson and was recently awarded her degree in Educational Administration.  Her areas of interest and expertise include Response to Intervention, School wide Positive Behavior Support Systems, academic interventions, and behavior management.

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Cyndi Luciano

Cyndi Luciano is a Behavior Specialist in the Brighton Central School District in Upstate, New York. She has served many roles over the past 13 years at Twelve Corners Middle School. She is a special education teacher and currently runs a specialized in-district program for students with behavioral and social-emotional challenges. Prior to working in a middle school setting, Cyndi has worked at the high school level and has also supported adolescents in therapeutic day treatment centers. Her areas of interest and expertise include behavior management, crisis intervention, de-escalation techniques, and working with “at-risk” students.

Greg Forbes Siegman: Pre-Conference Wednesday Afternoon Session (Ticketed)


Afternoon Session - Pre-Conference


Presented by Greg Forbes Siegman


The First Thirty tells the story of a child who struggles to reach his educational dreams, his efforts later in life to help more kids fulfill their own dreams, and the grandmother who mentored him along the way. It was NSDLC Multicultural Relations Book of the Year. In this session, Greg Siegman (the teacher who the book is based on) will share the true story. After a brief intermission, we will consider the story’s example and discuss oftentimes overlooked ways we can help our students spot opportunities to serve, learn & lead.


Greg Forbes Siegman

After graduating college, Greg became a teacher. Two months into his career, he began a mentoring program. A year and a half later, he expanded his civic efforts and started a foundation. Along the way, he has received honors like the Jefferson Award for Public Service and has been featured by media like Education Week and The Washington Post. The show, Good Morning America, buried a time capsule which chronicled his efforts to make a difference. He is co-author of The First Thirty and its companion workbook, A Place To Sit. The book and workbook have been utilized in many classes and programs for students in the middle-grades and their teachers. His website is 

Law Enforcement Museum: Afternoon Pre-Conference Session at the Museum (Ticketed)

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Law Enforcement Museum

INTELLIGENCE, CODE BREAKING AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. Wednesday, June 26th Pre-Conference (afternoon only) This session will be held at Address: 450 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001


Intelligence, Code-Breaking and Law Enforcement: Learn about the history of law enforcement and intelligence gathering through this ninety-minute workshop which incorporates the Museum’s exhibits, primary sources, and hands-on activities. Major highlights of the workshop include learning how Elizebeth Smith Friedman brought down a Vancouver-based liquor smuggling group, setting up your own surveillance team and deciphering codes just like the FBI.


This workshop is great for groups interested in delving into a fascinating time in American history and exercising their problem-solving skills. Following the session, participants are welcome to explore the museum on their own until closing.

Address: 450 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

About the Museum:
The Museum’s core mission is to introduce visitors to the proud history and many facets of American law enforcement in an experience you won’t find anywhere else. Our “walk in the shoes” experience lets visitors learn what it’s like to be a law enforcement officer through innovative and engaging exhibits, artifacts and programs. We also seek to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve with thought-provoking programs that promote dialogue on topics of current interest.

Featured Conference 

Presentations and Speakers

Conference Presenters

Keynote Speaker: Rick Wormeli: Thursday Sessions


Morning Session - Keynote

Presented by Rick Wormeli


We Hold These Middle School Truths to Be Self-Evident … and Worth Fighting For—This rousing session, featuring education thought leader and passionate middle-level education advocate, Rick Wormeli, will celebrate teaching and leading in our middle schools. You’ll attend a simulation of the first political conversations among the “founding fathers and mothers,” -- this time, though, with a focus on middle-level reform rather than the Declaration of Independence—as we celebrate the goals, energy, and successes of middle-level educators. Rick and his cast of both National Forum Directors and middle school students will bring you style, flare, and robust content, and they will inspire and recharge you to stay committed to the important work you do. Hark there, you who are soon to be transformed: Distribute the leaflets, sound the alert, and recruit the steadfast! Our collective self-agency shall win the day!


Afternoon Session

Presented by Rick Wormeli

Differentiated Grading: Tackling the Most Controversial Grading Issues in the Middle-Grades Classroom Today

Differentiated instruction is a nice idea, but what happens when it comes to grading students? Being sensitive to students' readiness levels, interests and learning challenges while holding them accountable for the same standards can be a challenge. What's fair and leads to real student learning? Join us for a candid look at what grades really mean, and how to handle students' failures, alternative assessments, focusing on evidence not the vehicles used to convey that evidence, averaging, zeroes on the 100-point scale, homework, late work, feedback, re-done work, extra credit, group projects, grading exceptional students, formative vs. summative assessments in grading (or not), sports eligibility, grading special education students in the regular class and much more.  While offering practical tips, this workshop reveals participants' core beliefs about teaching and learning and has an unusually high incidence of transforming classroom practice. Don't miss it!

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Rick Wormeli

Rick Wormeli brings innovation, energy, validity and high standards to both his presentations, and his instructional practice, which includes 38 years teaching math, science, English, physical education, health, and history, and coaching teachers and principals. He is a well-known author, speaker, and educator with his audiences leaving revived and on-fire for teaching young adolescent students. With his substantive presentations, sense of humor, and unconventional approaches, he’s been asked to present to teachers and administrators in all 50 states, Canada, China, Europe, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, Australia, the Middle East, and at the White House. Rick is currently working on his first young adult fiction novel and a new book on how to shift a school’s culture for standards-based grading practices.

Gerry Brooks Lunch and Learn: Friday

Lunch and Learn

Lunch and Learn 

Personal Climate and Culture – You Make the Difference

Presented by Gerry Brooks


Gerry Brooks is currently the principal at Liberty Elementary School in Lexington, Kentucky.  He has been a school administrator for the past 17 years.  His experiences have presented him with the opportunity to create humorous videos that are posted on his Facebook and YouTube pages.  He is currently followed on these social media sites by over 950,000 people.  He will focus on the importance of Climate and Culture as a school leader.

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Gerry Brooks

Gerry Brooks is principal at an elementary school in Lexington Kentucky his educational experience includes six years in the classroom two years as an intervention specialist and 12 years as an administrator.
He is a passionate public speaker whose focus is on encouraging and helping teachers improve their instructional abilities. He also has a desire to help to administrators successfully lead their staff.
An encouraging speaker, he has spoken to educational groups all around the nation. His focus is on encouraging teachers to improve their instruction through personal climate and culture strategies. He desires to help administrators focusing on how to lead all staff in a positive and constructive manner.
His following on social media has developed through humorous videos that focus on real-world educational experiences.  He is currently followed on these social media sites by over 500,000 people. 

William Martinez Sessions: Friday and Saturday


Friday Session


Presented by William Martinez


Through American Sign Language paired with singing, SIGNing The Song: YOU HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE shares the true story of a boy who grew up in a deaf household with little exposure to TV, radio, or movies. Because of his incredible 8th-grade music teacher, Mrs. Norma Freeman, William came out of his silent world and discovered his voice through music. Watch how ASL (American Sign Language) and song lyrics meld together into a beautifully unique art form. This presentation is a heartwarming celebration of the incredible impact teachers have on each child’s life… regardless of their struggles.


Saturday  Session

Sign Language in the Classroom

Presented by William Martinez


Join William in learning how ASL (American Sign Language) can be a powerful classroom management tool! In this interactive breakout session, you will learn how to understand your student's needs with just a hand raise, give clear direction without speaking, and create a unique bond with your students by learning another language together! You will also walk away with resources to further expand your knowledge of ASL vocabulary. Studies have shown that teachers who utilize ASL can communicate non-verbally to their students keeping the flow and attention of the class intact. Teachers can course correct

students who have lost focus without disrupting the other student's concentration. It also allows for shyer students to feel that they can communicate with their teacher without drawing unwanted attention, and makes the relationship between the teacher and the students unique by learning a new language together. Come sign with William and learn a new and fun tool!​

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William Martinez

A native of Denver, William Martinez earned his Bachelor Degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles, to pursue his acting/singing career. He has stayed in LA to enjoy the sunshine ever since! He is currently touring the educational market with his presentation SIGNing the Song: You Have Changed My Life inspiring teachers to remember how incredible their impact is on their students. SIGNing the Song combines American Sign Language (ASL) with song and shares his inspirational story of growing up in a deaf household, discovering music, and celebrating the massive impact that one teacher had on his life. He also introduces how ASL in the classroom can create a new and effective way for teachers to communicate with their students. He is extremely honored to have SIGNing the Song be the DVD companion to one of the most successful educational books on the market: The First Days of School: How to Become an Effective Teacher (Fifth Edition)by Harry and Rosemary Wong.


In addition to his speaking engagements, William is also a professional actor/singer with many impressive credits under his belt. He toured Thank You for The Music: A Modern Tribute to ABBA across the nation and sailed the high seas as the Lead Male Singer on Silversea Cruises performing Opera, Broadway, Pop, Jazz, and other musical styles (along with showcasing SIGNing the Song).  He has also performed in Hunchback of Notre Dame (Sacramento Music Circus, La Mirada Performing Arts Center), Parade, Little Mary Sunshine, No No Nannette, Superman, Street Scene, Blood Brothers, High Fidelity, Titanic (Musical Theatre Guild), Secret Garden, Once Upon a Mattress, City of Angels, 110 in the Shade, Bells Are Ringing, Kismet (Musical Theatre West Reiner), Big River (Taper), Big River and Oliver! (Deaf West Theatre), Back to Bacharach (Sierra Rep), Forever Plaid (Little Theatre of the Rockies), Plaid Tidings (Laguna Playhouse), Sweeney Todd (Gold Coast) and many other musical shows. He has performed for countless award shows, honor galas and charity events (including the Paul Newman’s SeriousFun for children). He has done film, TV, voiceovers, and sings backup for Kristin Chenoweth whenever she is in the Los Angeles Area. He loves to give back to the community by performing for elementary school kids with Musical Theatre West, Musical Theatre Guild, and New West Symphony and is a proud member of Actors Equity. William thanks his wonderful family for their endless love and support. ILY!

School Presentations

School Presentations: Friday and Saturday

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