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Event Details

DateFriday, May 12th, 2017

Breakfast 8:30am



Hosted by Selma Unified

Indianola Elementary School - Room 12


Each team is invited to bring up to 5 members of their district that are responsible for early literacy work.

We suggest you bring at least one person from your leadership team.

ExpensesUse your $10,000 stipend
QuestionsContact JoDee to RSVP if you are interested in attending




This is an incredible opportunity to include district members outside of the Leadership Team to gain critical knowledge around how to collect evidence to learn about classroom shifts!


  • Observe and document teacher and student actions that may be present in CCSS aligned lessons
  • Analyze and interpret lesson plans, student work, curriculum materials and text exemplars to identify alignment to the CCSS shifts and standards
  • Prioritize next steps that can be taken at a systems level to ensure CCSS aligned instruction occurs across a district

About the Experts

As a project director at TNTP, Sara Bokhari works on developing programs and policies to support the development of early career teachers, strengthening district and central office expertise in Common Core aligned instruction, and supporting internal TNTP staff in developing management skills related to cross cultural agility. Sara began her career in education over a decade ago as a 5th grade teacher in New York City, where she also completed her M.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education. Her dedication to education has taken her around the world – from teaching at an NGO school for street children in Rawalpindi, Pakistan to Washington, D.C. as a Policy Fellow at the National Council on Teacher Quality.

Sara has a MBA, focused on strategic management and public policy, from The George Washington University and is a 2016 Leadership for Educational Equity Public Leaders Fellow. She currently resides in Southern California with her husband and energetic young son.


Kaycee Eckhardt, Project Director with TNTP, began her teaching career in Japan, working with both high school and grades K-2, before joining the founding team of a school in Post-Katrina 9th Ward of New Orleans; students left her classroom averaging more than 3.5 years of reading growth. She was named Louisiana Charter School Teacher of the Year in 2009, was an America Achieves Fellow and Hope Street Group Fellow, was a keynote speaker at the 2011 Big Ideas Fest, and was featured in the documentary, “School Works - The Committed Teacher.” She has worked for Student Achievement Partners, The Dept. of Education, Noble Street, TFA, KIPP, the New York Regents, PARCC, PCG, NSNO, Odell Education, and several other organizations on effective literacy instruction, sustainable teacher practice, strong curriculum, access to content in diverse classrooms, and equitable education for all children. She published a memoir of her teaching experiences entitled Katrina's Sandcastles. She currently works full time at TNTP as the Literacy Director of the Good to Great Institute, in addition to collaborating on number of other projects.



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