Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers

Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers

ECET2 stands for Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers. It was born out of a desire to provide a forum for exceptional teachers to learn from one another and to celebrate the teaching profession.

ECET2 seeks to realize a teacher’s potential by ensuring each convening aligns with its six key beliefs:

  1. Nurturing trust among teachers
  2. Focusing on each teacher’s potential for growth
  3. Inspiring both the intellect and the passion that drives teachers in their work
  4. Providing time for collaboration and learning
  5. Putting teachers in the lead
  6. Recognizing teachers as talented professionals

Join us for a weekly twitter chat at #ecet Sundays at 8pm.

November 4 and 5, 2016

Join us for a Pre-Convening Event at 4pm on Friday at the Port Chester Middle School and all day on November 5, 2016 at The Doral Arrowwood Hotel and Convention Center in Rye Brook, NY.

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ECET2NY914 Pre-Convening Event

Friday, Nov. 4th, 4pm

113 Bowman Avenue

Rye Brook, NY

Register for ECET2NY914 and join us for a Keynote Address and a social gathering to get excited for our Convening!

Register for this event using this form:

Happy Hour

Friday, Nov. 4th, 6:15pm

Westchester Burger, 275 Ridge Street, Port Chester, NY

Westchester Burger Company

275 S Ridge St, Rye Brook, NY 10573

(914) 305-6095


Saturday, Nov. 5th, 7:15am-5:30pm

975 Anderson Hill Road

Rye Brook, NY

Breakfast and Registration begins at 7:15 am. We have a whole day of Elevating and Celebrating lined up for you!

Post Convening Celebration

Saturday, Nov. 5th, 6pm

975 Anderson Hill Road

Rye Brook, NY

Let's continue the celebration!

Pre-Event Agenda




Keynote Lisa Hollenbach


Student Performance


Happy Hour Location: Westchester Burger

Speaker: Lisa Hollenbach

Teaching Channel/ National Blogging Collaborative


Saturday Morning








Keynote: Vivett Dukes


Colleague Circles 1


Speaker: Cultivating a Calling Starr Sackstein


Breakout Session 1




Breakout Session 2

1:00- 1:45



Speaker: Kim Hardwick

Principal, Clayton Huey Elementary School


Colleague Circles 2




Closing words


Closing Reception: The Pub at Arrowood

Keynote Speaker: Vivett Dukes

Vivett Dukes (nèe Hemans) is in her seventh year as a middle and high school English Language Arts teacher. For the past four years, she taught in an all-male, all minority, urban public school in Southside Jamaica, Queens. Currently, she is teaching in a College Board middle and high school also in Jamaica, Queens where the population of students she serves is diversified on cultural, religious, and socio-economic planes. During her time as a teacher within the New York City Department of Education she has served as a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Teacher Advisory Council 2014-2016 cohort, a classroom lab facilitator with Chancellor Carmen Fariña's Learning Partners Program, grade team leader, inquiry team leader, and most recently, English Department Chairperson. Currently, she serves as a Teacher Advisor for both the New York Times' Upfront magazine and Scholastic's Scope magazine, a Bethune Teaching Fellow for the New York Urban League, and an educational blogger for New York School Talk.

At her core, Vivett is a passionate wife, mother, teacher-leader, humanitarian, and social activist who is dedicated to taking her voice outside of her home and the classroom and into the public arena, in an effort to elevate authentic conversations and grassroots changes in educational equity for all those who have systematically and historically been disenfranchised.

Breakout Sessions

Fred Ende: Extreme Makeover: PD Edition

Professional learning is a necessity. But how can we help others to learn deeply if we aren't deeply learning ourselves? And, how can we learn deeply if our opportunities for professional development don't meet our needs?

Audience: All educators

Starr Sackstein: We Don't Need No Stinking Grades to Learn!

Participants will engage in a discussion that challenges traditional beliefs about grading and assessment practices and hopefully walk away with a way to start shifting the mindset around achievement.

Audience: teachers/administrators/assessment critics

Ross Cooper, Starr Sackstein, and Tony Sinanis: 3 Bs: Blogging & Branding with Buddies

We will discuss the power of blogging as a powerful tool for critical reflection and as a means to flesh out one's personal brand as it relates to their professional realm.

Audience: All educators

Tony Sinanis

Brandon White: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Emancipatory Pedagogy: From Theory to Praxis

“Culturally responsive teaching” is often used as a buzzword in education without conceptual reference to the specific actions or tools that support it. This session will provide teachers with skills and strategies necessary to begin implementing culturally responsive praxis in their classrooms upon arrival home. In this session, participants will learn that culturally responsive teaching is a necessity that is not only a way to teach, it’s a way to think.

Audience: Progressive Educators

Adam Schoenbart: The Power & Problems of Being Social: Social Media in Education

What role should social media have in our schools and classrooms? This facilitated discussion will share examples and experiences of how social media can be a powerful tool in sharing our stories. We will discuss successes, challenges, tools, and purpose to meet participants needs and interests.

Audience: All educators

Lee Araoz: Unleash the Power of Collaborative Gaming in the Classroom

Learn how to take something students HAVE to do and turn it into something they GET to do. Participants will engage in hands-on demonstrations of the most engaging and exciting game-based learning applications available to teachers today. These awesome apps make learning fun, meaningful and exciting. Educators will learn how to use Breakout EDU Digital, Quizlet Live, Kahoot and Quizizz to unleash the superhero in each and every student.

Audience: K-12 teachers

Lisa Hollenbach: Yes, and...:The Power of Improv Thinking for Teaching, Learning, and Leading

Improvisation is well-known as comedy and entertainment, but during the past decade it has grown as a method of teaching and learning as well! The first rule of improvisation is "Yes, and," signifying acceptance without judgement. This is an essential place to start; however, there are many more improvisation skills that translate into teaching, learning, and leading that you can take back into your classrooms, schools, and districts today. This is a fun, interactive session where you will learn by playing! You won't be sorry you came. Will you be brave enough to say, "Yes, and...?"

Vivett Dukes: An Intimate View into the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Join teacher-leader, blogger, and social activist Vivett Dukes as she takes participants in this break-out session on a very personal, transparent, and honest journey into the many facets of the impact of the school-to-prison pipeline.

Chrissy Romano-Arrabito: The Case for the Quiet Kids

You have them sitting in your room. They are often overlooked. They don’t cause trouble and for the most part they earn good grades. These are the kids that tend to fade into the background and don’t require much attention from the teacher. They slip through the cracks.

This session will be a facilitated discussion on the importance of understanding why some students are quiet and how these students can be nurtured and empowered. Participants will walk away with strategies about how to approach the quiet kids, stimulate them, and help them feel valued at school.

UnConference: Where you become part of the Event!

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Special Thanks to Mrs. Rosemarie Barone!

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