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The CCSA Team would like to welcome each of you to Greensboro. To help you plan your week, we would like for you to peruse our 2017 Conference Booklet (pdf, 2.87mb) and our 2017 Session Description Guide (pdf, 385kb). These two publications will assist you in navigating the conference. The resources are companions to our 2017 APP. Directions for downloading the app are located in the 2017 Conference Booklet. Please download the APP before arrival to the conference. The APP will be used to share all updates about CCSA 2017. Please share your experience by also using the conference hastag #CCSA17.


The CCSA Conference is open to educators, administrators, and education stakeholders. The registration fee is now $200.00. If you have questions about any aspect of the CCSA conference, please call the CCSA hotline at 919-835-6133 or email us at

To register for the 2017 Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement, please click here.

March 20-22, 2017

**Click here to see list of presentation and session materials**

Featured Presenters:

Aric Bostick

FIRED UP Success!!
Aric Bostick, Keynote Speaker

Aric Bostick is a former High School teacher and coach who started an after school program called the Goal Setters Club. The success of his club was featured on local news and morning shows and catapulted him into speaking to schools across the country. He has now spoken to nearly half a million students, teachers and parents over the last 16 years. He has presented at universities, public, private, inner city, rural, charter, alternative schools, and Juvenile Detention Centers from New York City to California and from the top of the Texas Panhandle down to the border of Mexico. He has also spoken at National and State Education Conferences, the People to People Ambassador Program to students from over 60 countries at universities like Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, George Washington and UCLA. His travels have even taken him to the Bahamas where he spoke to 100 Bahamian girls at an All Girl Leadership Conference who have endured some of the worst life circumstances imaginable.

His FIRED UP message is transforming the climate of schools across the country and his best-selling book FIRED UP Success is changing the culture of every organization that buys into the fact that they can truly get, be and stay FIRED UP for life, for their students, and for all those they serve!

Dr. Chance W. Lewis

No More Excuses
Dr. Chance W. Lewis, Featured Presenter

Dr. Chance W. Lewis is the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Executive Director of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Urban Education Collaborative. The Collaborative publishes cutting-edge research and resources to improve urban schools. Additionally, Dr. Lewis is the Chief Executive Officer of The CTQ Group, a comprehensive School Improvement Firm, with an intentional focus on School Turnaround of Low-Performing Schools.

His messages give insight into strategies teachers, principals, and districts can use to close the achievement gap, build an inclusive culture, examine personal biases, and promote high expectations for all students.

Dr. C.J. Huff

Instilling Hope, Inspiring Greatness
Dr. C.J. Huff, Featured Presenter

In times of crisis, real leaders step up. After the most devastating tornado in U.S. history destroyed a third of Joplin, Missouri, claiming 161 lives, C.J., restored hope. Leading a district of 1,100 employees and 7,700 students through the recovery effort of the Joplin tornado prepared C.J. to utilize his wide range of experience as a classroom teacher, building principal, superintendent and a family farmer to connect, both personally and professionally, with the community to educate and shape the next generation of leaders.

In June 2015, he retired as superintendent of Joplin Schools to utilize his unique experiences and expertise, broadly influencing state and national education policy as a consultant and public speaker. In his sincere, passionate and down-to-earth message, C.J. offers clear leadership strategies based on his real-world experiences in his presentations.

Sheraton Greensboro Hotel & Koury Convention Center
3121 West Gate City Boulevard
Greensboro, NC, 27407

The Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement features a gallery of professional development and information sessions for educators, policy makers, innovators and community members with an interest in innovative practices to improve educational outcomes for students of today and tomorrow.

Through strategically orchestrated focus and concurrent sessions as well as engaging and relevant keynote speakers, participants will be able to experience professional development that will support the vision of the State Board of Education to graduate every student ready for postsecondary education and work, prepared to be a globally engaged and productive citizen.

Each year, district, school and community leaders meet at CCSA to hear from experts, meet with their peers, share ideas, brainstorm solutions, and reflect on their own practices. The conference promises to:

  • Connect you with expert leaders and practitioners from North Carolina and around the world.
  • Expand your knowledge base of best practices for 21st century educators.
  • Explore the connection between school culture and student achievement.
  • Renew your resolve to develop and promote excitement for learning.

Follow us on Twitter @CCSA_DPI. The Twitter handle for the conference is #CCSA17.
The CCSA conference will feature approximately 300 sessions representing 25 learning strands.
Check out our Conference-At-A-Glance to see how we will spend each day of the conference collaborating and learning.


If you have questions about any aspect of the CCSA conference, please call the CCSA hotline at 919-835-6133 or email us at