Guatemala Summit: Vision to Action

February 15–17, 2019
American School of Guatemala
Guatemala City

AMLE, in partnership with the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala/Colegio Americano de Guatemala, comes to Central America for the first time! Join us for this 3-day professional development event and walk away with strategies that you can use tomorrow on your way to creating a high performing school.

Internationally recognized education experts will provide exemplary, in-depth sessions on four critical strands including:

  • Whole Child, Whole Community
  • School Culture that Makes a Difference
  • Leadership that Empowers
  • High Impact Strategies for the Classroom

Kim Campbell

Jack Berckemeyer

Juan Rodriguez

Rosa Isiah

Jaime Castellano

Bobby Moore

Kim Campbell has been a proud middle level geography teacher for the past 19 years and loves it!! She is very involved in her school and has a variety of roles. Currently, she is a part-time 7th grade geography teacher as well as the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Specialist) coordinator for her school. She has also been a team leader and a member of her school's Equity Team and Literacy Team. She is also the founder and coordinator of an after school program called Students on Academic Rise (SOAR), a program created to address the achievement gap. In 2004, she was a semi-finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year, and in 2007, she was chosen by Fox 9 News as one of their nine "Top Teachers" of the year, and recently she was named Minnesota Middle School Teacher of the Year. Kim is a consultant who has facilitated workshops around the country and world.

A nationally-recognized presenter, author, and humorist, Jack Berckemeyer, began his career as a middle school teacher in Denver, Colorado. After two years of teaching, he was named as an outstanding educator at his school, and shortly thereafter he was identified as one of the outstanding educators in the district. In 2003, he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Falcon School District. Jack brings energy, humor, and expertise to all staff development as he helps teachers and administrators remember why this job makes a difference. Jack has presented in conference and school district settings both nationally and internationally. Jack served as a judge for the Disney American Teacher Awards and on the selection committee for the USA TODAY All Teacher Team. Jack Berckemeyer is known for his motivating, practical ideas and communicating a message of hope, laughter, and insight into education. He was also the assistant executive director for the National Middle School Association for 13 years. He is author of Taming of the Team: How Great Teams Work Together, co-author of Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education, and most recently author of Managing the Madness: A Practical Guide to Understanding Young Adolescents and Classroom Management. Jack is the owner and director of NUTS and BOLTS - Ready to Lead, Teach and Learn Conferences located in Denver, Colorado and Destin, Florida. Jack lives in Denver, Colorado and has no pets or plants.

Juan Rodriguez from Framingham, Massachusetts had been a principal of elementary and middle schools in urban and suburban schools for 27 years. Juan is currently serving as an evaluator of the administrator's licensure for the state of Massachusetts and has been a member of AMLE’s Leadership Institute Faculty since 2006. Juan was the Massachusetts Middle School Principal of the Year in 2005. His middle school had been designated a Spotlight School, a Compass School and the top performing middle school for ELL learners. Juan completed the National Institute of School Leadership program (NISL) and has been a mentor of principals. He has presented at national and state conferences on ELLs, leadership, school safety, and middle level organization. Juan was the coordinator of the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure program at Framingham State University. He has been a member of the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Administrators Association Middle Level Committee and the Education Professional Standards Committee at FSU. Juan was recognized as a distinguished alumni and is currently serving as the vice president of Framingham State's Alumni Board of Directors.

Rosa Isiah, Ed.D., serves students as elementary school principal in California. Her experiences include 23 years in education as a teacher, bilingual specialist, language arts specialist, assistant principal, coordinator of federal and state programs, and principal. As principal, Rosa has focused on supporting the development of a healthy school culture, professional learning communities, and meeting the needs of the whole child. Rosa is passionate about equity in education and closing opportunity gaps for historically underserved students. She believes in the power of relationships and leading with purpose and passion. Dr. Isiah is a connected educator and the founder of #WeLeadEd Twitter chat. She is also the host of WeLeadEd BAM! Radio show focused on leadership through social justice and equity lenses. Dr. Isiah was recently named 2016 Body and Mind Education Radio Thought Leader of the Year. Dr. Isiah has contributed her voice to blogs, leadership books, and Education Week on the topics of leadership, school culture, English learners, and equity. In addition, Dr. Isiah is a Solution Tree consultant focused on school culture, equity, and English Learners. Dr. Isiah holds a BA in sociology, an MA in educational leadership, a multiple subject bilingual teaching credential, an administrative credential, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership for social justice from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

Dr. Bobby Moore is known for high energy, engaging, and thought-provoking keynote addresses, presentations, and workshops. Moore has presented all over the country and internationally. As the former principal of a nationally recognized middle school and the author of the AMLE book Inspire, Motivate, Collaborate, and the new book Culture Starts with You, he is recognized across the country as a thought leader in education. While serving as middle school principal, his school received visitors from all over the state to learn how one of the lowest funded districts in Ohio was also one of the highest performing, despite poverty and limited resources. During his time as a superintendent Bobby led his district to the highest rating of Excellent with Distinction, for the first time for the district, and to a ranking among the top districts in the state for student growth. For the last several years, Bobby led one of the largest school improvement collaboratives in the United States for the not-for-profit Battelle for Kids and has done extensive consulting with state departments of education and large urban districts. Bobby is currently president and CEO of the EPIC Impact Education Group and is the strategic partnerships and professional learning manager for AMLE. His areas of interest and expertise include leadership; emotional intelligence; high performing middle schools; positive school culture; motivating and engaging staff; leveraging time, talent, and resources (school scheduling); literacy; and character education. Follow Bobby Moore on Twitter @DrBobbyMoore.

Dr. Jaime A. Castellano was recognized in 2017 as National Educator of the Year by SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted). He is an award-wining principal (2012), and award-winning author, scholar, and researcher; a published author with four books in the field of gifted education. His 2011 book, Special Populations in Gifted Education: Understanding Our Most Able Students from Diverse Backgrounds was awarded the Legacy Award for Outstanding Scholarly Publication in Gifted Education. Published in April of 2018, his latest book is titled: Educating Hispanic and Latino Students: Opening Doors to Hope, Promise, and Possibility. It has been endorsed as a seminal document in how the United States educates its Hispanic and Latino students.

Dr. Castellano is recognized as one of our nation's leading authorities/experts in the education of Hispanic/Latino students and is a preeminent scholar and researcher in identifying and serving low-income, racially, culturally and linguistically diverse gifted students with particular expertise on identifying gifted Hispanic/Latino students, African American students, Native American students, gifted English language learners, students from poverty, and gifted preschoolers, ages 3-5. He has also copyrighted The ELL/SPED (English Language Learners/Special Education) Screening Instrument to help educators decide if a referral of an English Language Learner for special education programming is warranted.

He currently resides in Lake Worth, FL and is the Assistant Director of the Luciano Martinez Child Development Center, and an Adjunct Professor for Florida Atlantic University in the Department of Exceptional Student Education.

Event Schedule

Friday, February 15, 2019
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
General Session (60 min)
with Jack Berckemeyer
4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Registration 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
General Session (60 min)
with Kim Campbell
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions (60 min) 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions (60 min) 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Lunch (included) (60 min) 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions (60 min) 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
General Session (60 min)
with Rosa Isiah
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 17, 2019
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions (90 min) 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
General Session (45 min)
with Jaime Castellano
10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.


All workshop sessions

General Sessions

Optimism and Opportunity
Jack Berckemeyer
Inspiring, humorous and applicable to all in attendance. Choosing optimism—even in the face of tough challenges—helps restore the healthy interactions and positive relationships necessary for enacting real school change. Hear how teachers and school leaders can rekindle their individual and collective enthusiasm for a profession that has been progressively inundated with negativity. Be prepared to learn, to laugh, and to leave with a renewed sense of purpose. Join these teachers for a fact-based, positive approach to “taking back our profession.” Research-based strategies, practical examples, and thought-provoking scenarios will be included.

We Will Survive!!
Kim Campbell
We survive as middle school teachers because middle school teachers know and understand that having a sense of humor, building positive strong relationships, and being able to manage our middle ones are critical to our survival as middle level educators. Join me as we have fun laughing, playing, and celebrating all the great things about being a middle school teacher.

Fostering a Healthy Culture in my Classroom and School: Where Do I Begin?
Rosa Isiah
Culture and academic excellence go hand in hand. A healthy school culture is vital to achieving academic excellence in our school communities. Teachers are an important part of the development of a healthy culture and often lack the support to begin the culture journey. In this session, Teachers will explore the impact of school culture on student achievement, the difference between climate and culture, and insight into their role in the development of a healthy school culture. Teachers will also learn strategies that will foster the development of a healthy culture and learning community.

Promoting Grit, Resiliency, and Social-Emotional Growth and Development in Students
Jaime Castellano
Students must learn how to bounce back from mistakes or failures, learn from them, and move on to create new ideas in these scenarios they develop mastery of a skill; better understand their emotional state, and become more aware of their progress and success, which is communicated through descriptive and constructive feedback. Setbacks and defeat are easier to work through if we understand that they are inevitable and prepare for them. In this session, teachers and staff will be presented with a toolkit, of sorts, that focuses on how they can assist their students build grit and resiliency, leading to a more positive growth socially and emotionally.


All events are being held in conjunction with the American School of Guatemala.

American School of Guatemala
11 Calle 15-79

Free parking is available on-site for all registered attendees.


While AMLE does not have a formal block of rooms reserved, see the list below for hotels close to the event.

Airport: Aurora International Airport, Guatemala City


Included in registration:

  • All presentations and course materials
  • One lunch
Registration Rates
$175 (U.S) 

Register Online

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-cancellation policy-


Cancellations must be made in writing and received a week before the event date. AMLE cannot be responsible for cancellations that are made by phone. A $50 (U.S.) processing fee is assessed for all cancellations. No refunds will be issued after the registration deadline, a week before the event date.

Registration fees include all presentations, course materials, and lunch each day of the event. Attendees are responsible for accommodations, transportation. Registrations must be received a week before the event date.

Within 14 days of your registration, AMLE will send you a confirmation email. Registrations received after the registration deadline may be returned, and you may be asked to register on-site at the on-site registration rate.

Call for Presentations

The Call for Presentations for Guatemala Summit: Vision to Action in Guatemala City is currently closed. Proposals are under review and presenters will be notified via email on November 16, 2018.

AMLE, in partnership with the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala/Colegio Americano de Guatemala, comes to Central America for the first time! Join us for this 3-day professional development event and walk away with strategies that you can use tomorrow on your way to creating a high performing school.

AMLE must receive the completed proposal by October 15, 2018.
Applicants are notified via email of their selection status by December 4, 2018.
Accepted presenter agreement forms and co-presenters information are due by December 14, 2018.
Session schedules are released on January 7, 2019.

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Speaker Profile
The speaker profile is included with the proposal during the review process. Please update the contact information online at and the biography in the My Speaker Profile section online at

Please Note: Once submitted, you will receive an email confirmation. At any time until October 15 you can log back in to edit your proposal. On the October 15, 2018 deadline, the content you have entered in your proposal will be automatically submitted for consideration. Selections will be made by November 16, 2018 and you will be notified via email of your selection status. Please note that if you are accepted to present, you serve on a contributing basis and are required to purchase registration. You will not be reimbursed for registration, lodging, travel, audiovisual equipment rental, or additional costs. Please contact Dena Harrison with additional questions at