Pre-Conference Workshops

All Pre-Conference Workshops will take place on Wednesday, February 12.

Pre-Conference 1

Aligning District-Wide Systems to Promote Personalized Learning and Leadership
8am – 3:30pm

Learn how one district applied the principles of the Leader in Me framework to transform its culture to create an inclusive climate where all students are empowered to lead and take charge of their own learning. You will visit one of California’s leading school districts to see how its systems and processes are aligned to build student agency, ownership, choice and interpersonal effectiveness. Participants will observe strategies teachers are using to equip learners with the leadership and life skills they need to successfully navigate an ever-changing world.

Sean Covey, New York Times Best-Selling Author


This unique pre-conference school showcase will be held at Fallbrook Union Elementary School District's San Onofre School aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to see the exceptional learning environment of an award-winning public school aboard a military installation. You will receive follow up information and a request for additional identification for Base clearance directly from FUESD after you register. The registration deadline for this pre-conference is January 5, 2020 to allow time for participant's pre-clearance to enter Camp Pendleton.

Transportation Information:

Charter buses will be leaving the San Diego Convention Center to San Onofre School promptly at 8am.

Pre-Conference 2

Cementing the School Board-Superintendent Governing Partnership
1 – 5pm

Become familiar with significant recent developments in the rapidly changing field of K–12 governance. Learn how the superintendent can become truly “board savvy” and play the leading role in board development, helping the board to update its governing role, its committee structure, and its self-management capacity. Learn how to engage board members creatively in district image building and stakeholder relations and keep the board-superintendent working relationship healthy through well-designed guidelines for interaction and communication.

Doug Eadie, President and CEO, Doug Eadie and Company, Inc., Clearwater, FL

Pre-Conference 3

Culture of Love
1 – 5pm

Systems thinking and community engagement have led to the implementation of culturally responsive teaching, inclusive practices, and other innovative teaching and learning initiatives. One of the nation’s most inspiring and efficacious stories has been documented in Dr. Brown’s recently released book, A Culture of Love: Cultivating a Positive and Transformative Organizational Culture. This interactive and multi-media workshop will explore strategic processes and actions involving self-reflection, conflict and policy shifts that produce academic achievement for all students.

Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent/Author, Ithaca City School District, Love2Achieve, Ithaca, NY

Pre-Conference 4

GiANT Leader Summit
1 – 5pm

Sponsored by  Sourcewell

The teaching in this half-day event comes directly from the 100X Leader book which launched globally as the best-selling leadership book last spring. The 100X concept is about helping you become a 100% healthy leader who is equipped to multiply secure and healthy leaders across your team and organization. You will be guided through the practice of leveraging visual, interactive tools and a practical methodology grounded in “better practice” of adult learning theory to level up the potential of your success while navigating the complexities that come fully equipped in leading human systems in the public sector. Your pre-conference registration includes exclusive content only offered to AASA pre-conference participants as well as a complimentary copy of the 100X Leader book published by Wiley.

Joseph Hill, Partner, GiANT Worldwide, St. Paul, MN

Pre-Conference 5

The Happiness Advantage | Orange Frog WorkshopTM
1 – 5pm

This experiential workshop teaches the science of sustainable peak performance. The research is clear. Positive environments are performance enhancers. They are characterized by higher productivity, less turnover and absenteeism, and more resilient cultures. Applying the latest research-based techniques from the field of positive psychology, individuals learn the practices of resilient leaders and learners; they become more adaptable and develop a capacity to “see” more opportunities, leading to better organizational and educational outcomes.

Greg Kaiser, President, International Thought Leader Network, Cary, NC