Thursday, February 15
9 – 10am
Leader Tracking Systems: Turning Data Into Information for School Leadership
Education Researcher, Policy Studies Associates, Inc.
Associate Superintendent, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Assistant Superintendent, Hillsborough County Public Schools
Moderator: Nicholas Pelzer
Program Officer, The Wallace Foundation
New York, NY
Since 2011, six large school districts have been participating in The Wallace Foundation’s Principal Pipeline Initiative to train, hire and support talented principals. Superintendents from two of the districts share insights: 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, 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
Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute
School segregation is a serious barrier to narrowing the achievement gap. Schools remain segregated today 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. By familiarizing ourselves with this history of state-sponsored residential segregation, we can consider how to fashion remedies.
9 – 10am
Defining Your District’s Profile of a Graduate
Superintendent, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Virginia Beach, VA
Does your district have a Profile of a Graduate? What are the key competencies that make up a successful student in your district? This session will help answer these questions. Districts around the country are facing this critical topic, many without clearly defining what characteristics make up their district’s Profile of a Graduate. In this session participants will come away with tools that will help them on 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, transform curriculum and instruction, assessment and professional development to support district transformation.
10:15 – 11:15am
Leading Bold Moves: From Old-School to Contemporary Learning Environment
Heidi Hayes Jacobs
President, Curriculum Designers
How can we shed antiquated school programs and create refreshed and remarkable learning environments? Consider expanding the array of scheduling options, as well as virtual and on-site programs. We’ll 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.
10:15 – 11:15am
You Are Not Alone
Radio Hit Songstress and United Nations Celebrity Youth Leader
This anti-bullying presentation has been deemed the most effective and influential assembly by administrators all over the world. It 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.
12:45 – 1:45pm
Equity and Justice in Education: Access, Inclusiveness and Opportunity
Superintendent, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
2017 National Superintendent of the Year, North Clackamas School District
Superintendent, Guilford County Schools
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, Nashville 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.
12:45 – 1:45pm
Collaborative Leadership: 6 Influences That Matter Most
Author, Independent Consultant
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.
2 – 3pm
AASA National Principal Supervisor Academy
Executive Director and Affiliate Professor
Center for Educational Leadership, University of Washington
Associate Executive Director, AASA
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.
3 – 4pm
Becoming an Arc-Bender: Anti-Racist System Leadership for Today’s System Leader
Dr. Khalid Mumin
Superintendent of Schools, Reading School District
CEO, PDK International Family of Associations
Learn 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. Get concrete examples of diverse districts to determine how you can ensure all students have access to high-quality instruction that will prepare them for college and careers.
Friday, February 16
12:45 – 1:45pm
Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out
Stephanie M. Jones
Professor, Harvard University
Superintendent, Washoe County School District
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 curriculum and how it is delivered 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.
12:45 – 1:45pm
Innovative Practices in the Nation’s Most Rapidly Improving Schools
Founder and Chairman, International Center for Leadership in Education
The nation’s most rapidly improving schools have been successful at moving innovation from a trendy thing to talk about 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.
2:30 – 3:30pm
Iteration and Innovation in Education
Education Evangelist, Google
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 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.
2:30 – 3:30pm
Superintendent/School Board Relations—A Discussion between NSBA Executive Director Tom Gentzel and AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech
Executive Director, AASA
Executive Director, NSBA
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.