Keynote and Workshop Descriptions
Keynote Address, Tuesday at 10:00 am
As school leaders, we must regularly ask ourselves: Have we grown complacent? Have we settled for the status quo? It’s our job not to let average become the standard. When a school is in need of transformation, leadership is at its most critical and the fate of a school rests on its leader’s ability to gain support. If you’re the type of leader who wants to inspire greatness in everyone who passes through your school’s halls, this presentation is a can’t miss. You will learn what it takes to raise expectations schoolwide, foster the belief in one’s ability to achieve, and create an environment where everyone—students, staff, parents, and the community—takes pride in supporting each other toward excellence.
Strands, Wednesday from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
1. Strive to Be Tomorrow...Today Jimmy Casas
The fundamental belief that everyone has the capacity to lead is vital in developing a climate for change. The distribution of leadership within a school is essential to ensure successful and sustainable reform and should not be left to chance. The belief that all staff members, given a vision, support, and training, have the capacity to lead is central to the presentation. Jimmy will share his expertise and a strategies for selecting, developing, and growing teacher leaders.
2. Power Dynamics to Recognize, Navigate & Eradicate: The Path to Building Positive School Culture Janice Case
School culture is at the heart of school success. Power dynamics can either make or break that culture. Recognizing the debilitating role that power struggles can play in a school is essential as is the school leader's ability to increase their team's capacity to avoid power struggles.
This full day experience is geared toward helping school leaders identify how power struggles are manifested in a school and lead the learning to eliminate them through effective professional learning for school staff and deliberate growth activities with students
3. Literacy for Leaders Janna Osman, Stern Center
This strand will focus on what is it that principals need to know in order to provide strong instructional leadership that builds student’s opportunity for success through effective literacy practices.
Established Goal: Principals will use knowledge of effective literacy practices to support teaching in the classroom and to build strong working relationships among teachers to improve student outcomes.
Essential Questions: As a result of this strand, principals will know:
Essential Practices: Principals will be able to:
4. Technology for Leaders Andrew Marcinek
Innovation does not have to simply be associated with the latest application to burgeon out of Silicon Valley or the savvy keynote speaker, but rather, it can be seen in our classrooms across the country. By nature, educators are researchers and designers within their classrooms and have always thrived on the ability to share and repurpose. As educational leaders, we must find ways to reinvest in the profession of teaching and amplify the innovative work that educators design on a yearly basis. Fostering a shared culture of learning and instructional design within an academic institution can support teacher leadership and greatly impact student growth. Openly licensed educational resources can help spark this culture and promote innovative teaching and learning by openly sharing and amplifying what educators create daily. It’s time we recognize the innovative capacity of all educators.
5. Fostering Resilience through Essential Skill Building Joelle van Lent
This training is designed from current research on the key components and protective factors that foster resilience in children who are contending with a wide variety of stressors including mental health challenges, intellectual and learning variations, developmental disabilities, and chronic adversity within their environment. Dr. van Lent will identify key elements and approaches for creating environments in which children can thrive. The training will include an in-depth discussion of the impact of early neglect and trauma on a child’s development, specifically the child’s ability to form healthy relationships, respond to context, engage in learning, and develop a positive self-concept.
Participants will learn specific strategies and interventions that will create intentional opportunities for the development of essential skills within the realms of emotional regulation, social competency and executive functioning. Dr. van Lent will highlight how participants can positively influence a child’s development by using existing resources.
6. Proficiency Based Learning: Leading and Sustaining Implementation Mark Kostin, Great Schools Partnership
What does successful implementation of proficiency-based learning look like in Vermont? How does it support your school’s vision of personalization? Join experienced coaches from the Great Schools Partnership in a full-day session that moves beyond the initial steps districts have taken to design their system and learn about tools and approaches that can support successful sustainability. During the morning we will address implementation issues such as building assessment literacy and supporting instructional improvement. We will also learn from the experiences of Vermont school leaders. Doing the afternoon, we will address some of the thorniest implementation issues participants are addressing and provide supportive and tailored coaching.
7. Strengthening the Principal's Role as District Leaders: The critical role of principals in systemic change Nate Levenson, District Management Group
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