ED311 Essentials:

Post-Pandemic Tools for Teachers and Administrators

An online conference for front line educators and administrators.

If you’re in the trenches every day, then this is for you!


ED311 is very proud to present ED311 Essentials, an online conference for front line educators and administrators. If you’re in the trenches every day, this workshop is for you!

This training provides guidance to help you:

  • focus on the key instructional systems to aggressively combat COVID-19 performance gaps that will affect every student
  • connect with and support kids, colleagues, and yourself
  • lean in for rigorous learning with new, creative ways to engage authentically in the blended classroom
  • learn lasting SEL and Restorative Practices skills that will carry you through next year and beyond.

Leave inspired, empowered, and with an exciting plan of action for the 2021 – 2022 school year!

Join the speakers live or watch the recordings at your convenience through July.


ED311 Essentials

June 23 

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

June 24

10 am – 12 pm


  • Having Authentic Conversations  2020 and 2021 have proven to be very stressful times especially for Teachers. These circumstances have proved to cause high levels of anxiety and communication issues. This session with Cathi Neil will teach new ways of communicating even in stressful times.

  • SELf Care for Educators: Mindfulness + Social-Emotional Learning Tools for Adult Well-Being   In the deeply personal work of education, self-care is far from selfish – it’s vital to the well-being of teachers, students, and the entire school community. Truly, this profession is heart-work. As we learn practical and authentic methods to fill our own cups, we find we have much more energy for offering our support to others. In this highly experiential and interactive workshop with Sarah Sampson, our intention will be to empower educator resiliency and build an adult SEL tool-box to meet challenging moments with mindfulness, compassion, and stress-reduction strategies. Together, let’s move from surviving to thriving!

  • Shock To The System: Or How To Thrive In The Post-Pandemic School  Straight talk from Texas’s own nationally recognized school efficiency expert, Sean Cain. This practical discussion will focus on the key instructional systems that must be rebuilt to aggressively combat COVID-19 performance gaps that will affect every student. Don’t limp back to the status quo. Instead leverage this once in a lifetime event to sprint forward!

    • Creating a Blended Classroom That You Want to Come to Daily  Are you looking for ways to keep both your Roomies (in-person) and Zoomies (virtual students) engaged in learning?  The intention for this workshop with April Blair is to help share techie ideas that promote innovation for the classroom.  The objective is to have fresh ideas that will help redefine the classroom, boost student ownership, creativity, and productivity. These are things that we can do and be happy to come to work daily.

    • Differentiated Discipline: The Formula for Accountability  Understand the role of relationships within classroom management, differentiation, and how both strategies lead to higher levels of teaching and training with Rufus Lott. Explore the formula for meaningful accountability through a differentiated relational approach to student discipline that does not solely rely on the path to consequences.

    Sean Cain

    Sean Cain

    Chief Idea Office at Lead Your School

    Sean Cain spent the formative years of his career working in difficult instructional settings. Recognized for the success of both his students and the systems he designed and implemented, he quickly moved up through the instructional leadership ranks. This culminated in his last public education position as State Director of Innovative School Redesign (Texas).

    Currently, Cain serves as the Chief Idea Officer for Lead Your School (LYS), a confederation of successful school leaders dedicated to improving student, campus, and district performance. A passionate speaker, Cain is a sought-after national presenter and trains educators in schools and districts across the county.

    Sarah Sampson

    Sarah Sampson

    Founder & Director of Art of the Circle

    Sarah Sampson is the founder and director of Art of the Circle, an organization that provides trainings and consultation to schools, businesses, and individuals using circle practices based in Restorative Justice, Social-Emotional Learning, and Mindfulness. As the former Social-Emotional Learning Facilitator for Keller ISD, Sarah led the district-wide implementation of SEL and mindfulness-based activities for over 34,000 students.

    She began her educational journey by creating and teaching tools for healthy-self expression and emotional intelligence as a K-4th grade theatre teacher. Sarah is trained in MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) through the UC San Diego Medical School. As a certified social-emotional learning, restorative practices, and yoga teacher, Sarah has developed training, curriculum and workshops to empower educators and humans of all kinds nation-wide.

    Cathi Neal

    Cathi Neal

    Founder & CEO of Changing Course Foundation

    Dr. Cathi Neal is the Founder and the CEO of Changing Course Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works with groups and individuals by providing Professional Staff Development, Experiential Therapy for Substance Abuse Treatment Centers, Business and Life Coaching, and Individual and Family Counseling, and owns Air Donkey Zipline.

    Cathi has many attributes to contribute to the professional staff development and counseling industry. She has worked in the Experiential Learning Field since 1997. She is an ACCT Trained Challenge Course Manager, holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Forensic Psychology, a Master of Science in Management with a Change Leadership Emphasis, and a Ph.D. in Christian Counseling.

    April Blair

    April Blair

    Educator at Grand Prairie ISD

    Mrs. April L. Blair is an educator with Grand Prairie ISD who serves as a facilitator of blended learning. She believes that all students have the ability to learn. As a strong believer in the power of positive thinking, Mrs. Blair regularly practices various classroom management techniques which promote critical thinking and a positive reinforced learning environment.

    She aims to bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and high expectations to her classroom daily while meeting the needs of her diverse learners. Her overall goal is to create learning experiences that engages her students while making learning relevant and promote enthusiasm for lifelong learners.

    Rufus Lott

    Rufus Lott

    Founder of Lott Educational Consulting

    Mr. Rufus Lott III is the founder of Lott Educational Consulting and lead consultant specializing in the area of Restorative Practices in schools. Most recently Mr. Lott served the North East Independent School District in San Antonio, TX as the Assistant Principal of Edward H. White Middle School.

    Mr. Lott played an instrumental role in the development and implementation of restorative practices as an alternative method for managing student behavior. This innovative, whole-school approach was the first of its kind in the state of Texas and has been considered the blueprint that many campuses across the state of Texas are following. Mr. Lott has 12 years of experience in elementary and middle school as a classroom practitioner and administrator.

    As a former administrator, Mr. Lott’s passion is rooted in social justice and working with educators to better serve diverse student populations. His focus is on teaching real-life, applicable strategies that are essential for educators to utilize when working with both students and teachers.

    Today, he teaches restorative practices to teachers and administrators as an alternative method to exclusion, and as a means to build positive relationships and strong communities through dialogue.

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