Thought Leaders

Thought Leaders 2018-01-26T16:00:17+00:00

Thursday, February 15

9 – 10am
Room 208B
Defining Your District’s Profile of a Graduate

Ken Kay
CEO, EdLeader21
Tucson, AZ
Aaron Spence
Superintendent, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Virginia Beach, VA
Karen Cheser

What are the key competencies that make up a successful student in your district? Does your district have a Profile of a Graduate? Districts around the country are facing this critical topic, many without clearly defining what characteristics make up their district’s Profile of a Graduate. Participants will come away with tools that will help them with the following aspects of 21st-century district transformation: create a Profile of a Graduate (PoG); engage community stakeholders in key conversations; embed a PoG in strategic planning; and transform curriculum and instruction, assessment and professional development.

Ken Kay

Aaron Spence

Karen Cheser

9 – 10am
Room 201
Leader Tracking Systems: Turning Data Into Information for School Leadership

Nicholas Pelzer (Moderator)
Program Officer, The Wallace Foundation
New York, NY
Leslie Anderson
Education Researcher, Policy Studies Associates, Inc.
Washington, D.C.
Steve Flynt
Associate Superintendent, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Suwanee, GA
Tricia McManus
Assistant Superintendent, Hillsborough County Public Schools
Tampa, Florida

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.

Nicholas Pelzer

Leslie Anderson

Steve Flynt

Tricia McManus

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

Richard Rothstein
Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute
Berkeley, CA

School segregation is a serious barrier to narrowing the achievement gap, and today, schools remain segregated primarily because they are located in segregated neighborhoods. We do little to address residential segregation because we hold a false belief that neighborhoods were segregated “de facto” by private prejudice, personal choices and discriminatory private actors. But, as this presentation will show, neighborhoods have been segregated by racially conscious explicit government policy that was openly designed to impose racial segregation on every metropolitan area, and the policies were so powerful that their effects endure and continue to define racial living patterns. Only by familiarizing ourselves with this history of state-sponsored residential segregation can we begin to consider how to fashion remedies.

Richard Rothstein

10:15 – 11:15am
Room 201
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? 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, remarkable learning environments? We will investigate expanding the array of scheduling options, virtual and onsite programs, the rethinking of existing learning spaces, the possibilities for future architectural choices, new furniture options, the ways you can group your learners for maximum benefit, strategies for grouping personnel beyond the silos of departments and grade levels, and developing global networks as partners. Participants will leave with steps for establishing innovation design teams in their setting to include teachers, community members, students, administrators and thought leaders in order to generate a long-term strategic plan. The presenter will provide riveting examples of dynamic learning opportunities for the modern learner from across the country and internationally. Transforming “old school” into a responsive contemporary learning environment is at the heart of what promises to be an exciting session.

Heidi Hayes Jacobs

10:15 – 11:15am
Knowledge Exchange Theater
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. Her radio hit songs are loved by millions, and one of those hits, “The Game,” featured on Teen Nick, has an anti-bullying message. O’Connor’s young age and star power engage students and leave an impact on them that they carry throughout life. Her presentation focuses on her story, before her music became popular, and why it is important to respond to bullying the correct way. She uses real-life examples to show students why being an upstander, rather than a bystander, changes lives, and why it’s important to tell an adult if someone is bullied. Her session includes a question-and-answer session, a performance of “The Game,” and an opportunity for students to meet her afterward. Throughout the presentation, the student’s excitement is used to show them that any challenge, be it anxiety, bullying, or anything else, can be conquered.

Meredith O’Connor

12:45 – 1:45pm
Room 201
Equity and Justice in Education: Access, Inclusiveness and Opportunity

LaRuth Gray (Moderator)
Scholar-in-Residence, New York University Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools
New York, NY
Sharon Contreras
Superintendent, Guilford County Schools
Greensboro, NC
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 based on race, demographics, SES, or zip code. Join AASA National Superintendent of the Year Matthew Utterback, Superintendent Shawn Joseph and Superintendent Sharon Contreras 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.

Sharon Contreras

Shawn Joseph

Matthew Utterback

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

Peter DeWitt
Author, Independent Consultant
Albany, NY

To really put a focus on learning, we need to encourage student voices 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
Knowledge Exchange Theater
AASA National Principal Supervisor Academy

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

AASA, in partnership with the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership, launched the first national
principal supervisor endorsement program. This session will feature a panel of Cohort 1 participants discussing how they have changed their principal supervisor role in order to better develop and support principals as instructional leaders. Panelists will discuss 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 principal professional learning communities; using a teaching approach as the primary lever for improving principal performance; communicating, clearly and continually, the work between the principal supervisor and principals; assessing, gathering and using evidence to support and monitor principal progress; jointly developing a focus of work with each principal and utilizing learning and planning guides to focus their work together; and reflecting upon, setting goals for and monitoring progress of their own development as effective principal supervisors.

Stephen Fink

Mort Sherman

3 – 4pm
Room 201
Becoming an Arc-Bender: Anti-Racist System Leadership for Today’s System Leader

Dr. Khalid Mumin
Superintendent of Schools, Reading School District
Reading, PA
Joshua Starr
CEO, PDK International Family of Associations
Arlington, VA

Participants will learn how to organize school systems to promote social justice and equity. Through the examination of the history of public education within today’s context, system leaders will develop an understanding of the role of institutional racism in our current public education systems. Leaders will also learn how to organize their school systems to dismantle structures that may be holding some students back. The presenters will provide concrete examples from their experiences as superintendents of diverse districts in order to help participants determine how they can ensure all students have access to high-quality instruction that will prepare them for college and careers.

Dr. Khalid Mumin

Joshua Starr

Friday, February 16

12:45 – 1:45pm
Room 201
Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out

Traci Davis
Superintendent, Washoe County School District
Reno, NV
Stephanie M. Jones
Professor, Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

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 that 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-time programs. Hear firsthand from one school district about its successes, challenges and lessons learned in implementing an SEL program to enhance its students’ social and emotional development.

Traci Davis

Stephanie M. Jones

12:45 – 1:45pm
Knowledge Exchange Theater
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, William Daggett will describe how these schools 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
Room 201
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 we haven’t defined yet, using technology that hasn’t been invented, in roles that do not exist. To thrive in this new era, learners need to know how to learn, problem solve, 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, 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.

Dan Domenech

Tom Gentzel