Thought Leaders

Thursday, February 13

9 – 10am
Principal Pipelines: A Cost-Effective Strategy to Improve Principal Retention and Student Achievement

Dan Domenech,
Executive Director, AASA
Alexandria, VA

Doug Anthony
Associate Superintendent, Prince George’s County School District
Upper Marlboro, MD

Jeff Eakins
Superintendent, Hillsborough County School District
Tampa, FL

Monica Goldson
Chief Executive Officer, Prince George County’s Public Schools
Upper Marlboro, MD

Nicholas Pelzer
Senior Program Officer, Wallace
New York, NY

Research indicates that, of school-related factors, quality of school leadership is second only to quality of teaching in level of impact on student learning. Learn how six districts invested in a principal pipeline initiative with support from the Wallace Foundation, resulting in improved student achievement in literacy and improved principal retention. The “pipeline” refers to four mutually reinforcing components the districts put in place to boost principal effectiveness: rigorous standards that spell out what their principals are supposed to know and do; high-quality pre-service training for aspiring principals; data-informed hiring; and well-aligned support and evaluation of principals, especially newcomers to the job.

9 – 10am
A Nation at Hope: Social and Emotional Learning and Success

Sheldon Berman
Superintendent, Andover Public Schools
Andover, MA

Stephanie Jones
Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Cambridge, MA

Timothy Shriver
Chairman, Special Olympics International
Washington, DC

Gene Wilhoit
Executive Director, National Center for Innovation in Education
Lexington, KY

Members of the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development share insights and recommendations from the commission’s recently released report, “A Nation at Hope.” Join the commission’s co-chair, Timothy Shriver, and leading members of the policy, practice, and research working groups to hear about the science of social and emotional learning, its role in schools and schooling, and key recommendations for the next generation of practice, policy, and research.

10:15 – 11:15am
Understanding the Brain: How Museum District Partnerships Improve K–12 Education with the Science of Learning

Dr. David Baugh
Centennial School District
Warminster, PA

Dr. John Sanville
Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
Kennett Square, PA

Julia Skolni
Assistant Director of Professional Development, The Franklin Institute Science Museum
Philadelphia, PA

The Franklin Institute Science Museum, Centennial School District, and Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, all located in the Philadelphia area, will share their museum-district partnership model for advancing teachers’ and administrators’ understanding of the brain and learning to improve district-wide educational practices. Experience samples of interactive professional development modules that debunk myths about the brain and learning, as well as demonstrate research-based strategies for engaging and motivating students to learn. Evaluation results about the impact of these experiences on teachers, administrators, and students will be shared. You will receive evidence-based tools for improving K–12 teaching across all disciplines and learn about ways to partner with The Franklin Institute to offer these transformational experiences to teachers across the country.

12:45 – 1:45pm
Strengthening Superintendent Early Childhood
Leadership Skills

Deborah Burgeron
Director, DHHS, Administration for Children and Families/Office of Head Start
Washington, DC

Edward Manuszak
Dundee Community School District
Dundee, MI

Join Edward Manuszak, current Superintendent and AASA Early Learning Cohort Co-Chair, as he shares an in-depth look at the current leadership frameworks and research he is using within his state and around the nation to build programs and networks that support early childhood education. Participants will explore, receive and discuss the newly co-published (AASA and NAEYC) systemic Early Learning District Self-Assessment Tool (ELDSAT), which allows superintendents and district-level leaders an in-depth review of their own district programs and emulation of best practice and research-based measurements. You can begin transforming how early childhood education is perceived, implemented and delivered in your own districts.

12:45 – 1:45pm
Trauma-Sensitive Teaching: Personalizing Culture

Moderator: Ray McNulty
President of Successful Practices Network and the National Dropout Prevention Center
Rexford, NJ

Dr. Susan Cole
Harvard Law Professor and Director of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, Harvard Law School and Massachusetts Advocates for Children
Cambridge, MA

Michael Muñoz
Superintendent, Rochester Public Schools
Rochester, MN

Ryan Powers
Assistant Superintendent, Bridgewater-Raynham School District
Bridgewater, MA

For optimal learning to occur, students need to feel safe and supported. When a school’s faculty develops a deep understanding of the effects of trauma and chronic stress on learning, pathways to culture emerge. Through collaboration and fostering empowerment, educators can meet students’ needs for safety and belonging. Focus on the research behind trauma-sensitive teaching, learning, and leading that supports personalization of culture for students.

Friday, February 14

11:15am – 12:15pm
5 Pivots for Education Leaders to Support World-Class Execution

Ted Fujimoto
President, Landmark Consulting Group, Inc.
Burbank, CA

The entrepreneur, co-designer and co-founder of what has become the New Tech Network shares practices of world-class innovation teams. Ted will discuss how these shared pivotal practices are important to superintendents to lead their districts through complex change and sustain these changes.

12:45 – 1:45pm
Investing in Principal Supervisors to Lead School Improvement

Moderator: Max Silverman
Executive Director, Center for Educational Leadership, University of Washington

Gary Bloom
Former Superintendent of Santa Cruz City Schools
Aptos, CA

Sito Narcisse
Chief of Secondary Schools, District of Columbia Public Schools
Washington, DC

Matt Smith
Associate Superintendent, Des Moines Public Schools
Des Moines, IA

Jackie Wilson
Director, Academy for School Leadership and the Executive Director for the National Policy Board Educational Administration
Reston, VA

Educating all children at high levels depends largely upon having effective school building principals. Yet, skill at implementing quality systems for recruiting, developing and evaluating principals, is not universally strong. Gain strategies and tools developed by school districts and researchers with support of the Wallace Foundation that assist districts in selecting and developing principal supervisors.

12:45 – 1:45pm
Leading Personalization of Learning

Moderator: Tom Vander Ark
Chief Executive Officer, Getting Smart
Federal Way, WA

Mark Bedell
Superintendent, Kansas City Public Schools
Kansas City, MO

Lydia Dobyns
President and CEO, New Tech Network
Napa, CA

Michael Hinojosa
Superintendent, Dallas Independent School District
Dallas, TX

Katrina Stevens
Director of Learning Science, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
San Carlos, CA

Personalization of learning requires intentionally developing an ecosystem that supports growth for all learners, including students and staff. Elements of re-designing teaching and learning to foster conditions in which increased personalization can thrive include providing strategies for teaching that encourage risk-taking, considering impact on assessment, re-thinking pace and space for learning, and increasing infrastructure. Learn from pioneers in personalization how educators can foster a growth mindset in schools and districts.

2:30 – 3:30pm
Superintendent/School Board Relations — A Discussion Between NSBA Executive Director Tom Gentzel and AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech

Dan Domenech
Executive Director, AASA
Alexandria, VA

Tom Gentzel
Executive Director, NSBA
Alexandria, VA

Come hear an informative discussion between the AASA and NSBA executive directors who agree that an effective superintendent/school board management team is essential to a school system’s success. Learn how the two organizations work together to accomplish common goals.

3:45 – 4:45pm
Where Teachers Thrive: Organizing Schools for Success

Susan Moore Johnson
Research Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Cambridge, MA

How do schools become places where teachers thrive and students succeed? In her new book, Where Teachers Thrive: Organizing Schools for Success, Susan Moore Johnson draws on rich case studies of 14 low-income urban schools to explain why some schools failed to improve while others achieved remarkable results. Johnson explores what this means for principals and district administrators.