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SUCCESS COMES FROM THE RICH ROOTS OF EDUCATION

Success is like a tree, where the roots are the beginning of the journey and are important because without the roots the tree won’t be strong enough to produce beautiful and ripe fruits. The roots are how you start from the beginning of your journey towards success. Building up the roots, you need all the nutrients that are required so that they can support you. Building the roots starts in your stem, and building success starts in elementary school. When you are in middle school, you’re building up your branches. The leaves start growing and blooming during high school. Then that’s when you will see the fruits appearing in college. After graduating from college, that is when you will start harvesting the rich, ripe fruits of success.

“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” By Aristotle

Elizabeth G. (Rogers High School)


RESILIENT

PERSIST



DETERMINED

MOTIVATE



AMBITIOUS

INSPIRE



ACCOMPLISHED

SUCCEED


CONFERENCE DETAILS

This event is made possible by member district fees.

Conference details are being provided to help you better prepare for this exciting event. Through this site, we hope to answer as many questions as possible in advance. There will be quite a few additions prior to the conference. Please check back for updates.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact one of the conference coordinators listed at the bottom of this page.

Conference date:
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
8:30 am – 11:30 am

Location:
This will be a virtual event. Google links for competitions and conference day participation will be sent out prior to the conference.

SCHEDULE

8:30 – 8:35Opening Session
8:35 – 8:55Keynote Speaker
9:00 – 9:55Session 1
College/Career (4)
Workshops (2)
AVID Jeopardy
10:00 – 10:55Session 2
College/Career (4)
Workshops (2)
Final AVID Jeopardy, Final Education Debate, Final Interviews
11:00 – 11:30Closing Session, Awards Program

10 COMPETITIONS

We are excited to offer 10 competitions to students this year. Competitions are designed to promote college and career readiness. Competitions will increase students’ skills in:

leadership
collaboration
communication
problem solving
writing
creative thinking

Competitions offered during the 2021 Giving Voice Leadership Conference are AVID Jeopardy, College/Career Exploration Competition, Conference Theme Development, Creative Storybook Writing, Educational Debate, Employability Skills, Essay, Impromptu Speaking, Lesson Plan Writing, NWSISD “Shark Tank”.

CLICK ON EACH COMPETITION FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Competitions are open to ALL students. AVID Jeopardy is the only competition open to AVID students only.

The deadline date to register for competitions will be April 16, 2021.
*Some competitions have earlier registration deadlines.

REGISTRATION FORMS CAN BE FOUND ON COMPETITION PAGES.

REGISTRATION

Eventbrite will be used to register all participants of the Giving Voice Leadership Conference.

Through Eventbrite, students and staff of the collaborative districts will have the ability to register for the conference and volunteer to judge competitions. Only adults will be allowed to judge competitions. You may also save your registration to your calendar as a reminder of the upcoming conference.

Registration will begin on March 3, 2021 at 8:00 am and end on April 16, 2021 at 4:00 pm. Registration is first come, first serve and will be limited to 500 students. AVID classes and Educators Rising clubs will need to register as groups. Adults will need to register as individuals.

Students must attend one of the high schools or alternative high schools in the Northwest Suburban Integration School District and must be a member of AVID or Educators Rising.

Registration is a two part process. You will need to do the following to fully register for the student leadership conference:

  1. FIRST – Register your participation via Eventbrite. Student registration must be done as an AVID or Educators Rising NWSISD group. Please do not register students individually. If students need to be added to a list, please contact conference organizers to add/delete students to or from your list.
  2. SECOND – Complete all competition forms and submit required projects by April 16, 2021. This will be done using Google forms. Forms can be found on individual competition pages. Forms for competitions will be uploaded on March 5, 2021.

Late registrations will NOT be accepted.

VOLUNTEER

We need YOU to judge competitions!

Students participate in an all-day conference that will include a variety of virtual workshops, competitive events and college informational sessions. Competitions are designed to promote college and career readiness and to increase student leadership skills.

Competitions will take place beginning at 9:00 am and will end at 11:00 am. We would like to have three or more judges for each competition. We will judge most of our competitions prior to conference day. We are asking that all judges participate in a judges meeting prior to judging competitions. We also invite you to participate in conference day activities.

If you have friends or colleagues that may find interest in judging an event, please share our conference link with them.

Click on the light bulb to signup to judge a competition.

About NWSISD

NWSISD envisions a global community learning and growing together, by providing students, parents and staff educational opportunities that are multicultural, diverse and promote racial integration.

NWSISD will work to create culturally inclusive learning environments by creating awareness, opportunities, training, and resources for them, and by providing inter-district opportunities to work together around them.

  • NWSISD will work to create inter-district interactions among students, staff and parents that improve intercultural competency and increase student achievement.
  • NWSISD and member districts will work to assist students, including students from racially diverse backgrounds, to be prepared for post-secondary success.


In order to achieve these goals, NWSISD has worked with its member districts to make several programs available to students living in the seven member school districts.  

For questions, contact:

Melissa Jordan:
mjordan@nws.12.mn.us

J. Ayenna Davis
Jdavis@nws.k12.mn.us

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