Thought Leaders

Thursday, February 13

10:15 – 11:15am
Brain Research/Learning

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

Dr. David Baugh
Centennial School District

Dr. John Sanville
Unionville-Chadds Ford School District

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. Participants will 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 also be shared. Participants 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 for teachers across the country.

Friday, February 14

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

Ted Fujimoto

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.

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 and learn how the two organizations work together to accomplish common goals.