Ali Weimer currently serves as the 2013 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.  Instead of working in her classroom this year, she works as a teacher advisor to the Arkansas Department of Education.  Prior to this, Weimer taught Kindergarten for seven years at Avondale Elementary School in the Marion School District, where she will return next school year.  Weimer was recently honored by President Obama at the White House.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership.  Weimer is recognized for her authentic parental involvement strategies and her use of brain-based teaching techniques to increase student engagement.

Message Description:

The Power of One
One.  It seems like such a helpless number.  However, one candle wipes away darkness; one tree can start a forest; one footstep must begin each journey.  Come discover the power one teacher can have in transforming the life of a child.

David Walsh, Ph.D. is an award winning psychologist, best selling author, international speaker, father of three and grandfather of four. In 1995, he founded the internationally renowned National Institute on Media and the Family, which he led until 2010. In 2011 he founded Mind Positive Parenting to translate cutting edge brain science to everyday practice for parents, teachers and other professionals.

Dr. Walsh has written ten books including the national best sellers Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen and No: Why Kids – of All Ages – Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It. His books have been translated into eight languages. He has also authored scores of papers for professional and general publications.

He is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs including NBC’s Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Dateline NBC, ABC’s 20/20, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, He has testified numerous times before Congress, presented workshops throughout the world, and served as a consultant to the World Health Organization and the Ministries of Education in Japan, South Korea, Portugal and Singapore.

Dr. Walsh is on the faculty of the University of Minnesota, is a senior advisor at Search Institute.
He received his B.A. degree from Mt. Carmel College, his M.A. degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, and his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota.


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The 2014 Blueprint for Educational Excellence National Institute 

Agenda At-A-Glance

    Wednesday, April 16th:   

7:00 AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast (Cafeteria)

8:00 AM - Opening Session (Performing Arts Center)

  • Welcoming Remarks
  • Elementary Chorus Performance

Option 1 - School Site Visits 

8:45 - 11:15 AM

  • Wood End Elementary School
  • A.W. Coolidge Middle School

Option 2:  Workshops

8:40 - 9:40 AM   Educator Workshop (Distance Learning Room)

-Red & Black / Talking About Money ... Talking About Life 

9th Grade Student Workshop (Performing Arts Center)  

-Travis Allen / Becoming a Mobile Learner

9:45 - 11:15 AM   Educator Workshop (Distance Learning Room)

                                  -Travis Allen / Rediscovering the Art of Presentation with Prezi

                                    10th Grade Student Workshop (Performing Arts Center)  

                                 -Red & Black / Good Student & "Bad Student"

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM    Lunch (Field House)

12:30 - 1:40 PM           Afternoon Keynote Session - (Performing Arts Center)

                                  -Keynote Speaker - Debbie Phelps

2:000 - 3:30 PM           Concurrent Workshops


    Thursday, April 17th:   

7:00 AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast (Cafeteria)

8:00 - 9:45 AM - Keynote Session - (Performance Arts Center)

                         -Presenter/Performer - Lida Winfield

10:00 - 11:00 AM Concurrent Workshops - Session A

11:00 - 11:15 AM  Break

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM  Concurrent Workshops - Session B

12:15 - 1:15 PM   Lunch (Field House)

1:20 - 2:20 PM  Concurrent Workshops - Session C

2:20 - 2:50 PM  Closing Session and Raffle (Performing Arts Center)




Overview of the National Institute - 

  • Site visits to nationally recognized elementary, middle, and high school including Blue Ribbon Lighthouse Schools featuring  technology applications and successful educational initiatives.  
  • Keynote address --Debbie Phelps
  • Choice of exciting workshops that welcome sharing and collaboration.  
  • Specialty Sessions --Travis Allen and Red & Black

    Thursday, April 17th:  

  • Over 75 workshop sessions by K-12 teachers and administrators sharing best practices in the area of technology, literacy, curriculum, instructional practices, wellness and social emotional needs.
  • Keynote address --Lida Winfield
  • Specialty Sessions -- Travis Allen, Red & Black, and Warren Phillips

    Other Learning Opportunities:

  • Model 21st Century classroom set up featuring  the latest technology (Bring Your Own Device Model)
  • Informal conversations and sharing of best practices with educators from all over the country
  • 15 Professional Development Points (PDPs) available



Lodging Options:  

Location Courtyard Boston - Woburn/Burlington                Hampton Inn - Woburn                                                

240 Mishawum Road

Woburn, MA 01801 -2108


315 Mishawum Road

Woburn, MA 01801


Marriott Reservations:  800.321.2211

Or book online by using the following link:   

Reading Public Schools Room Block








Hampton Inn:  781.935.7666


Reading Public Schools Room Block

              Reading Public Schools Room Block 
Room Block:

Available for April 14-17, 2014

Must book by March 24, 2014 to secure rate.


Available for April 14-17, 2014

Must book by March 24, 2014 to secure rate.


$139 per night - 1 w/ King Bed

              $119 per night - 1 w/ Double Beds

All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.  If you desire hotel reservations 

prior to or beyond the Room Block dates, please call to make your reservation. 



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