Summit Schedule

June 25-26, 2020

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Keynote Speakers

Kathy Hoffman, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction

Kathy Hoffman’s experience as both an educator and advocate for students with disabilities informs her vision for public education. Throughout her career, she has fought tirelessly for equal access to high-quality public education regardless of a student’s race, gender, or zip code. She asserts that only through committed investment and inclusive policies can Arizona bring its public schools from the bottom to the top of the nation’s school systems. Superintendent Hoffman firmly believes that Arizona’s future starts in our schools.

Lisa Yee, Author

“Connecting with readers is everything. I love sharing stories about my awkward youth, the reason I was terrified to pursue my dream to become an author, and why books mean the world to me.”

Lisa Yee

Millicent Min, Girl Genius, Lisa’s first book, debuted in 2003. Since then, she’s had over nineteen more novels published – and at this very moment is working on a new one. Lisa’s recent projects included penning the DC Super Hero Girls middle grade novel series and American Girl’s Girl of the Year books.

Alma  M. Sandigo, Ed.D.

Dr. Alma M. Sándigo has served English Language Learners (ELLs) and teachers in many capacities for more than 20 years. Currently, she teaches undergraduate and graduate teacher education courses as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Education Department at Northern Arizona University-Yuma, a Hispanic Serving Institution. Her doctoral studies focused on Academic English strategies for Hispanic students in higher education. She is also a Consultant and Advisor in ELL instruction for several organizations and institutions and continuously present at regional, state, national, and international conferences on best practices for diverse students. At the K-12 grade level, she has been a Literacy and ELL Coach, SEI Coordinator and first and second grade teacher in dual and mainstream programs. Dr. Sándigo believes in framing instruction from an asset and culturally responsive approach. 

LaQuisha Hall, Teacher

LaQuisha Hall has dedicated 17 years to teaching middle and high school English in Baltimore City. She holds an English Bachelor’s degree from Elizabeth City State University and a Secondary Education Master’s degree from Morgan State University. LaQuisha mentors via Queendom T.E.A. (The Etiquette Academy), a program she founded to empower young ladies. An award-winning, best-selling author of multiple books, LaQuisha published more than 100 scholars in anthologies including One Nation, One Heart—winner of the national Indie Authors Legacy Award for Youth Authors of the Year. LaQuisha, 2018 Baltimore City Schools Teacher of the Year, encourages educators to practice self-care because they cannot pour into young scholars from an empty cup.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions cover a variety of educational topics for ALL educators over the course of our 2-day summit.

Featured Breakout Sessions


This is Your Brain with Trauma

Learn how to identify trauma in the classroom and learn about tools to help you address this issue.

~Local Service Provider


Gifted 101

An informative workshop, for K-8 classroom teachers, which will include basic identification information and how classroom teachers can support their higher levels of thinking.

~ASU Professor


Personalized Learning and Student Choice in the Classroom

With student choice, we create multiple learning pathways for students and allow them to create their own personal learning plans, so join me as we explore how you can incorporate student choice in the classroom.

~Local Elementary Teacher

Panel Discussions

Hear from local educators and students on increasing equity among diverse and underserved students.


A lunch for both days is included in your registration fee.


Visit vendors to find resources to take back to your classroom.

Evening Social

Join us after the first day of the summit @ The Pint House for an invite only social event. Thursday, June 25, 2020

Y.E.S. 2020 – Sponsors


Desert Premium Farms

Yuma Counseling Service

eXp Realty – Hengl & Associates Real Estate Team

Corona Optique

Gila Ridge Dental

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