Thought Leaders

Thought Leaders 2017-09-18T13:07:32+00:00

Thursday, February 15

9 – 10am

Leader Tracking Systems: Turning Data Into Information for School Leadership

Presented by Wallace

Since 2011, six large school districts have been participating in The Wallace Foundation’s Principal Pipeline Initiative, a six-year effort to train, hire and support talented principals. In this session, superintendents from two of the districts share insights from their work: the strategies, successes, challenges and lessons learned in building and using leader tracking systems to address school leadership issues. Learn how to harness data within a single online system and leverage it to help you: select the right principal for a school vacancy; improve on-the-job support; build your bench; and improve pipeline components. Find out what it costs to build and run principal pipelines and the potential return on investment to the schools and students in your district.

9 – 10am
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Richard Rothstein
Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute
Berkeley, CA

How can we prepare our learners for the future? How can leaders inspire, transform and create innovation in a school setting? What are the possibilities for modern curriculum and assessment design? How can we shed antiquated school programs and create refreshed and remarkable learning environments? In this session, we will consider expanding the array of scheduling options, as well as virtual and on-site programs. We’ll also rethink existing learning spaces, future architectural possibilities, new furniture options, ways to group learners for maximum benefit, strategies for categorizing personnel, and how to develop global networks. One session outcome will be identifying steps for establishing innovation design teams to generate a long-term strategic plan for your district. Heidi Hayes Jacobs will provide domestic and international examples of dynamic learning opportunities for the modern learner. You’ll learn how to transform the “old school” into a responsive contemporary learning environment.

Richard Rothstein

10:15 – 11:15am
Leading Bold Moves: From Old-School to Contemporary Learning Environment

Heidi Hayes Jacobs
President, Curriculum Designers
Rye, NY

How can we prepare our learners for the future? In this session, we will consider expanding the current array of scheduling options, as well as virtual and on-site programs. We’ll also rethink existing learning spaces, future architectural possibilities, new furniture options, ways you can group your learners for maximum benefit, strategies for categorizing personnel beyond the silos of departments and grade levels, and how to develop global networks of partners.

Heidi Hayes Jacobs

10:15 – 11:15am
You Are Not Alone

Meredith O’Connor
Radio Hit Songstress and United Nations Celebrity Youth Leader
Huntington, NY

Meredith O’Connor’s anti-bullying presentation has been deemed the most effective and influential assembly by administrators all over the world. The presentation focuses on Meredith’s story before her music took off and also why it is important to respond to bullying the correct way. Meredith uses real-life examples to show students why being an “upstander” rather than a bystander changes lives.

Meredith O’Connor

12:45 – 1:45pm
Equity and Justice in Education: Access, Inclusiveness and Opportunity

Shawn Joseph
Superintendent, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
Nashville, TN
Matthew Utterback
2017 National Superintendent of the Year, North Clackamas School District
Milwaukie, OR

Every student is entitled to the opportunity to reach his or her potential. Too often, we can predict educational outcomes on the basis of race, demographics, SES or zip code. Join AASA National Superintendent of the Year Matthew Utterback and Nashville’s award-winning Superintendent Shawn Joseph for an in-depth and interactive session examining educational equity. This strategy session will tackle how to leverage data and engage stakeholders in the development of an equity agenda. School leaders have a collective responsibility to establish a culture of fairness, justice, achievement and opportunity in education for all children.

Shawn Joseph

Matthew Utterback

12:45 – 1:45pm
Collaborative Leadership: 6 Influences That Matter Most

Peter DeWitt
Author, Independent Consultant
Albany, NY

In order to really put a focus on learning, we need to encourage student voice and maximize the self-efficacy of teachers. This session focuses on how leaders can use six of John Hattie’s high-effect influences on learning to foster growth in their teachers and put the focus on learning for students.

Peter DeWitt

2 – 3pm
AASA National Principal Supervisor Institute

Stephen Fink
Executive Director and Affiliate Professor
Center for Educational Leadership, University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Mort Sherman
Associate Executive Director,AASA
Alexandria, VA

In partnership with the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership, AASA has launched the first national principal supervisor endorsement program. This session will feature a panel of participants from the program’s first cohort who will discuss how they have changed their supervisory roles to better develop and support principals as instructional leaders. Panelists will share how they are:

  • Creating the structures and routines necessary to improve the performance of principals as instructional leaders
  • Building and protecting calendars
  • Developing effective 1:1 work with principals
  • Developing effective professional learning communities for principals
  • Using a teaching approach as the primary lever for improving principals’ performance
  • Communicating, clearly and continually, the work between principal supervisors and principals
  • Assessing, gathering, and using evidence to support and monitor principal progress
  • Jointly developing a focus of work for each principal and principal supervisor and utilizing learning and planning guides to focus their work together
  • Reflecting upon, setting goals for, and monitoring progress of their own development as effective principal supervisors

Steve Fink

Mort Sherman

Friday, February 16

12:45 – 1:45pm
Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out

Presented by Wallace

Researchers and educators agree that high-quality social and emotional learning (SEL) programs have a positive impact on student academic achievement and other life outcomes. This session provides insights from a new, first-of-its kind guide produced by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The guide helps schools and program leaders look inside 25 leading SEL programs and compare what is taught, and how, across all of them. Learn how to choose the program that best suits your needs, evaluate the fit and effectiveness of your existing SEL approach, and adapt what is taught during the school day to out-of-school programs. Hear firsthand from one school district’s leaders about their successes, challenges and lessons learned in implementing an SEL program to enhance students’ development.

12:45 – 1:45pm
Innovative Practices in the Nation’s Most Rapidly Improving Schools

Bill Daggett
Founder and Chairman, International Center for Leadership in Education
Rexford, NY

The nation’s most rapidly improving schools have been successful at moving innovation from a trendy thing to talk about and experiment with to a concept that directly and dramatically improves student performance. Based on his ongoing study of these schools, Dr. Daggett will describe how they have used comprehensive classroom-to-boardroom approaches that have nurtured and tied these practices together via a system of effective instruction, rather than a series of random acts of innovation.

Bill Daggett

2:30 – 3:30pm
Iteration and Innovation in Education

Jaime Casap
Education Evangelist, Google
Phoenix, AZ

As the world gets more connected, it also gets more complex. We now operate on a global scale, and our job in education is to help learners develop the knowledge, skills and abilities they will need to thrive in this new environment. We are preparing them to solve global problems that haven’t yet been defined, using technology that hasn’t yet been invented, in roles that do not yet exist. To thrive in this new era, learners need to know how to learn, solve problems, iterate, create, collaborate, communicate and think critically. What we need more than anything in education is a culture of innovation and iteration in order to build new learning models supported and enabled by technology to foster student-focused learning.

Jaime Casap

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, AASA
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. Find out how the two organizations work together to accomplish common goals.

Dan Domenech

Tom Gentzel